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Benayoun and Malouda on the chopping block at Chelsea

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Chelsea’s bulging squad is in need of a clearout and manager Roberto Di Matteo is about to do exactly that according to ESPN, with Yossi Benayoun and Florent Malouda the sacrificial lambs. The duo have been left out of Chelsea’s squad for tonight’s Super Cup tie against Atletico Madrid, thus fuelling speculation that they will be sold on deadline day.

The two attacking players have fallen way behind in the pecking order at the club and have been linked with a Stamford Bridge exit all summer long. Malouda was rumoured to be headed to Brazil but his high-wages scuppered the chances of him moving to South America. The report claims that Malouda wants to stay with the European Champions, but it is highly unlikely that the club would keep a high wage earner in their ranks if he had no hopes of first-team football.

As for Benayoun, the Israeli spent last season on loan at Arsenal and has already stated that he is looking at greener pastures. West Ham and Olympiakos have been linked with Benayoun, who took to Twitter to claim that ‘Things very getting very interesting’ as a deadline day transfer looms large.

On the subject of things getting interesting, rumour has it that Benayoun's former club Liverpool might make a late move for the Isreali if they are unable to land Clint Dempsey from Fulham.

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