Loic Remy’s Stamford Bridge days appear to be numbered, with Chelsea understood to be eyeing up alternatives ahead of the summer.
The Sun report the Blues to interested in Callum Wilson, the 15-goal, 22-year-old striker spearheading Bournemouth’s Championship promotion charge.
Elsewhere the Daily Express suggest that the club’s interest in West Ham’s Enner Valencia, which first came to light in January, abides.
Remy is expected to depart the west London outfit at the end of the campaign.
Yet, for all the rumours about Mourinho not rating the Frenchman, the reasons for him to move on are far from clear.
Remy can be backed at 7/4 to no longer be a Chelsea player at the close of the summer transfer window after scoring just five times in 19 appearances.
However, that quintet were registered at a rate of one every 120 minutes on the pitch, not bad when it’s considered 12 of his 19 outings for the club have come from the bench.
It’s not as if he only scores against Watford either, as the 28-year-old’s well-taken goal against Manchester City showed.
Remy’s treatment is strangely reminiscent of Mourinho’s hard line on Demba Ba in his first season back at the Chelsea helm last term.
Veteran Samuel Eto’o received far more game time than the Senegalese just as senior striker Drogba has superseded Remy this time around.
Ba struck his Premier League goals at a ratio of 0.67 per 90 minutes (better than stablemates Fernando Torres or Eto’o) in 2013/14, yet was left in little doubt as to his lowly position in his manager’s thoughts.
Remy’s trio of Premier League strikes in blue have come at 0.7-per-90 rate superior even to that of the underappreciated former Newcastle man at Chelsea.
Selling dependable second-choice striker Ba was an oversight by Mourinho, but it seems a mistake that he is about to make again.
The bwin layers go 28/1 about Remy offering his manager a timely reminder of his worth by netting the decisive goal in a 1-0 win over Paris Saint-Germain.
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