Chelsea boss Antonio Conte is reportedly ready to scrap five-star players before the transfer window shuts down on 31st August.
The Italian is busy at work preparing his squad for the upcoming Premier League campaign following last season’s shock 10th place finish.
And he admitted recently that there could yet be plenty of transfer activity at Stamford Bridge.
“In the future things can happen in the transfer market – in and out,” he told reporters before Chelsea’s 3-1 friendly win over AC Milan.
“Things can change in and out but right now I am working with these players.”
And according to the latest report from Evening Standard, up to 5 more first-team players could be heading for an exit door.
Reserve goalkeeper Asmir Begovic is believed to be considering a move having failed to dislodge No.1 Thibaut Courtois last season.
Meanwhile, Brazilian star Oscar is subject of interest from Italian giants Inter Milan.
Outcast striker Loic Remy might be used as a makeweight in a potential deal for Everton attacker Romelu Lukaku while Juan Cuadrado has been heavily linked with a return to Italy following his loan spell with Juventus last year.
Maybe the most surprising of the potential movers is Pedro.
The former Barcelona winger arrived in west London 12 months ago and, while he hardly set the world alight, he was expected to figure in Conte’s plans this season.
The Italian boss has already shipped out Egyptian forward Mohammed Salah this week as he is keen to free-up space for his own signings, but the ex-Basel man may not be the only departure before the month is out.
Last month there were reports claiming Antonio Conte has demanded five more players in this summer transfer window following talks with Roman Abramovich, Mariana Granovskaia, and Michael Emenalo.
The Italian boss is believed to have had a heated discussion with Blues hierarchy in a two-hour meeting and believes more signings are needed for Chelsea to win the Premier League title.
The Blues finished 10th last season after a dismal run under Jose Mourinho and then caretaker manager Guus Hiddink, and Conte is desperate to avoid a repeat this term.