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Three Big Players Who Have Been Released By Chelsea This Summer

Chelsea recently released a statement indicating the five players who were released upon the expiration of their contracts. Goalkeeper Eduardo and youngster Kyle Scott were not well known to the Premier League audience and their departures will be largely overshadowed by the three experienced campaigners who were released by the team.

The following are three notable players released by the Blues.

1. Gary Cahill

After making just two Premier League appearances last season, it was evident that Cahill had no future at Stamford Bridge. A parting of ways was the best thing for both club and player. Cahill served the West Londoners with distinction during his several years at the club, helping it to win two Premier League titles, two FA Cups, one League Cup, one Champions League and two Europa Leagues.

He was the successor to John Terry as club captain which indicates that he has been an important leader within the team. At 33, Cahill can still play at the highest level and he has been linked with moves to boyhood club Aston Villa as well as Arsenal.

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2. Rob Green

Green joined the Blues last summer as cover for Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero in goal. He did not play a single competitive game for the club. He however has been a household game in the Premier League for the better part of the past 20-years and was regarded as one of the best English keepers during his time with West Ham.

Green was a former first-choice keeper for England at the 2010 World Cup.

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3. Gonzalo Higuain

Higuain is definitely the most surprising name on the list. The Argentine arrived at Stamford Bridge in January and was expected to add firepower to the club up front after Olivier Giroud and Alvaro Morata failed to find the back of the net on a regular basis. Higuain was rather underwhelming during his six months in West London as he went on to score just five goals from 14 Premier League games.

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Chelsea Extending the Stay of Striker a No-Brainer

Chelsea were recently dealt a major blow as they were slapped with a transfer ban until January 2020 after being found guilty for breaking rules in terms of signing foreign players under the age of 18. World football governing body FIFA claimed that it found breaches in 29 cases of 92 investigated, notably that of Bertrand Traore who left the Blues in 2017 in order to link up with French club Lyon.

Chelsea in Talks with Juventus Over Massive Swap Deal

Chelsea have opened negotiations with Italian giants Juventus regarding the possibility of signing Gonzalo Higuain with Alvaro Morata going the other way, according to reports.

Maurizio Sarri was finally unveiled as the new Chelsea boss on Friday after the club has confirmed the sacking of fellow Italian Antonio Conte. Sarri, who signed a three-year contract, is set to be joined by Blues legend Gianfranco Zola as his number two, and the Chelsea hierarchy have worked quickly to support the new manager’s squad overhaul, with Higuain emerging as one of the top targets for the former Napoli boss. Sarri had previously worked with Higuain in Naples for a year before the forward joined Juventus and the former Partenopei boss is now keen on a reunion with the Argentine forward at West London.

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According to the Daily Mail, the Blues are plotting a deal that involves Morata moving the other way in a cash-plus-player offer for Higuain. The forward underwhelmed in his first season at Stamford Bridge and Chelsea are willing to let the 25-year-old Spaniard rejoin the Turin outfit. However, the Old Lady would favour just the cash in order to recoup some of the money they paid for Cristiano Ronaldo’s £100m signing from Real Madrid, according to the Daily Mail. It also remains to be seen whether Higuain, who earns a reported £240,000 a week in Juve, would prefer to make the move to England.

On the other hand, Morata arrived at Chelsea over a year ago as the club’s record signing but performed inconsistently, with fitness problems hounding 25-year-old. Conte did not see the striker as a good fit for his preferred system as well, prompting the Blues to secure the services of Olivier Giroud at the turn of the year. Morata scored 15 goals in all competitions for the Blues but ultimately was not selected for the Spain World Cup squad.