Chelsea star John Obi Mikel is believed to have been deemed surplus to requirements as he could now leave in the January window, according to reports from the Express.
The 28-year-old was close to an exit in the summer, but with the Blues failing to bring in adequate reinforcements, he was told to continue his stay.
Turkish giants Besiktas were keen on his services and are likely to reignite interest in the midfielder once the window reopens in January.
Manager Jose Mourinho has criticised a host of his star players this term after struggling to pick up points, losing four out of their first eight league matches.
Mikel is now likely to be one of the players who could get axed in order to make room for additional reinforcements for the second half of the campaign.
His playing time has been greatly limited this term, featuring in only three Premier League games so far as his time to impress is about to run out.