Football rumours: Summer clearout at Chelsea?

With the football season coming to an end, football writer Rebecca Abbott looks at the likely movers and shakers in this summer’s transfer window.

The summer clearout at Chelsea could see star players including Didier Drogba, Jose Bosingwa, Florent Malouda and Saloman Kalou looking for a new club next season, with Napoli duo Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavelli taking their place. The Italian club’s duo have a price tag of around �60 million. - Daily Telegraph

But Ivory Coast international Kalou isn’t worrying about his contract expiring at the end of the season. The midfielder believes that he needs to enjoy his football and not fight for a new deal. - Sun

Or the London side could use the money to prise Porto’s Hulk away from fellow Portugese side Benfica, but the release clause of �85 million could keep the striker at Porto. - Daily Mail

Meanwhile the search for the successor to Andre Villas-Boas at Stamford Bridge continues, with owner Roman Abromovich set to find out whether target Pep Guardiola wants to stay at Spanish giants Barcelona next season. - Daily Telegraph


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It’s all change at the Emirates as Arsene Wenger plans a clearout of players to prepare for a summer spending spree. High earners including Andrey Arshavin and Nicklas Bendtner, on loan to Zenit St Petersburg and Sunderland respectively, are among the six expected to head out of the exit door - Daily Mail

One of those players expecting to exit is Johna Djourou, who has become an unexpected target for Italian giants Juventus

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That summer spending spree took an early blow as target Mario G�tze signed a new contract with Borussia Dortmund, keeping the highly rated 19-year-old midfielder at the German side until 2016 - Guardian

Meanwhile the north London club’s 17-year-old starlet Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain could be in line for a wage increase following his impressive first season at the Emirates. The Ex-Southampton youngster could have his pay package doubled to �50,000 a week - Daily Telegraph

Manchester City’s Bosnian Edin Dzeko could be heading out of the club. The striker, unhappy at his lack of starts, could be part of a swap deal for Borussia Dortmund’s Polish forward Robert Lewandowski. - Sun

Ex-England international Michael Owen is expecting to stay at fellow title chasing Manchester United for another two years. Despite only playing four games for the team looking for a record braking 20th Premier League title, Owen insists he can still perform at the highest level. - Daily Mirror

Newcastle are expecting to face a battle to keep hold of striker Demba Ba in the transfer window. Clubs across Europe including French side Paris Saint-Germain and Russian clubs Lokomotiv Moscow and Anzhi Makhachkala have joined Chelsea and Tottenham in looking to buy out the �7 million escape clause in the Senegal international’s contract. - Daily Express

Swansea defender Neil Taylor doesn’t expect to see any of his highly rated teammates leaving the Liberty Stadium any time soon. Scott Sinclair, Joe Allen and Ashley Williams have all been linked to moves away from the Welsh side. - Independent and Daily Express

The Football Association’s search for the newly created role of Technical Director could see them promote internally. Ex-Crystal Palace, Aston Villa and Middlesbrough defender and FA’s current Head of Elite Development Gareth Southgate is the favourite to take the position, although Steve McLaren and Roy Hodgson are among those expected to apply. - Daily Telegraph and Independent

Birmingham have been urged by Ben Foster to make a quick decision on the future of the ex-England goalkeeper. Foster is looking to finalise a �4 million move to fellow Midlands side West Brom, who the goalkeeper is currently on loan to. - Daily Star

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