Marco van Ginkel
Marco van Ginkel has reportedly been in talks with Chelsea regarding his future at the club. Or at the very least his short term future. The Dutch midfielder missed much of last season through injury and is currently the clubs fifth choice centre-midfielder. Reports are circulating that AC Milan want to bring the midfielder to Serie A and will give him a decent amount of games. The issue is that if Chelsea want to do 4-3-3 then van Ginkel could clearly provide an option. Further to this he could do a squad role this season, even if he was left out of the squad that beat Burnley on Monday night. Unless another midfielder moves it looks very much like van Ginkel will be on the way out of Chelsea on loan. A strong showing at AC Milan could help him have a first team shot next season.
Chelsea are one over on their foreign player quota and thus need to offload someone. Petr Cech, despite being the clubs number one keeper for ten years could be vulnerable. Cech has now been demoted to number two keeper behind Thiabut Courtois and apparently wants more first team football ahead of sitting on the bench, given his age and experience. Cech is wanted by AS Monaco and PSG. He apparently wants clarification on his role at Chelsea before deciding on a move. Jose Mourinho has signaled that he wants to keep both of his top keepers at the club. Cech will get games if he stays and moving him on might put a lot of pressure on Courtois to adapt to the Premier League quickly. An ideal scenario would see Cech tutor Courtois for the season and compete with him for the first team spot and then move on in the summer.
Fernando Torres is a man that just won’t leave Chelsea. The West London club have wanted to ship him off for a while and it just never materializes. With his wages reportedly at £175,000 per week it is very hard to find a club willing to match that, especially given his terrible goal scoring record for Chelsea. News has circulated that Chelsea want to move him on and bring in another forward, with Torres obviously not good enough to be the understudy to Diego Costa. The most recent information as confirmed by the players’ agent is that Chelsea want to swap Torres for Mattia Destro. But this looks unlikely again. Chelsea will probably be looking to move Torres on until deadline day but with such huge wages he will probably end up staying.
John Obi Mikel
John Obi Mikel struggled to consolidate a place in Chelsea’s team last season, making the majority of his appearances as a sub as he fell down the pecking order. With Cesc Fabregas and Nemanja Matic the first choice midfield pairing he has fallen even further away from a starting slot and is now unlikely to be anything more than back up. One of he or Marco van Ginkel will leave this summer. It could be both with Chelsea consistently linked with Sami Khedira. If Chelsea do move for another midfielder then he could be gone. Mikel hasn’t really ever emerged as a top player since joining, despite a large fanfare surrounding his signing. Unfortunately his role in a 4-2-3-1 is limited and unless Chelsea convert to a 4-3-3 he will either be on the bench a lot, or seek a move.