In Focus: Chelsea face a battle to find a new club for Loic Remy

According to reports in The Sun, Chelsea are ready to sell outcast striker Loic Remy for a nominal fee this summer in order for him to re-launch his stuttering career and to get his £80,000-a-week wages off their books.

What’s the word, then?

Well, the Frenchman has struggled to make an impression at Stamford Bridge after making an £8.5m move from Queens Park Rangers in 2014, and he spent last season on loan at Crystal Palace.

However, his period at Selhurst Park didn’t go to plan and now The Sun says that the Blues are hoping they can sell him for a nominal fee in the coming weeks.

What happened at Crystal Palace?

The 30-year-old moved to the Eagles towards the end of the last summer’s transfer window but less than two weeks after he completed the loan move, he suffered hamstring and calf injuries respectively that kept him out of action until January.

It was a setback that affected his time with Palace and he ended the campaign having made just eight appearances in all competitions, failing to get on the scoresheet.

What’s his record like at Chelsea?

Well, the striker scored 12 goals in 47 appearances in all competitions for the Blues in the two seasons before his move to Palace, but he hasn’t netted since December 2015 and is in desperate need of a move to play regular football again.

Will he definitely leave?

It would seem so, yes.

There looks to be no way back for Remy after he failed to impress Antonio Conte during pre-season last summer, and he looks to definitely be on his way out before the start of next season.

Will any clubs be interested?

If Remy can rediscover the form that saw him score six goals in 14 Premier League appearances for QPR and 14 in 26 top flight outings during a loan spell with Newcastle United, then there is no doubt that someone could snap him up.

That was a long time ago now though and the fee would need to be relatively low for a club to want to sign him right now.

What’s the verdict, then?

Well, there is no doubt that Chelsea are ready to sell Remy for what will be a nominal fee, and now it depends on whether clubs are willing to take a punt on him as he would have to take a cut on his current wages.