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Official: Chelsea release Radamel Falcao, Alexandre Pato, and Marco Amelia

But what about youngsters John Swift and Ola Aina?

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Do you smell that?  Smells like the transfer window is officially open for business!  Welcome to July!  Welcome to the 2016-17 season!

This also means that contracts that were expiring have now expired, and that includes a trio of first-team players, none of whom should be surprised by this, now officially confirmed development.  In fact, Radamel Falcao has been preparing for the new season with Monaco for several weeks now.  (Good luck to him and all his injury issues.)

Alexandre Pato had been hoping against all hope that Chelsea would pick up his buy-option, but it turns out we're not feeling quite as foolish at the moment, and so he's been returned to his parent club Corinthians.  Whether he actually goes back to play for them is another matter, but that's a matter that does not concern us anymore.

Marco Amelia was this season's Magnus Hedman, arriving as an emergency signing due to injuries but never getting to actually play an official match.  Amelia had come out of retirement to do so; whether he goes back to that to continue with his football administration activities in Italy or stays on as coach at Chelsea remains to be seen.

We're still waiting on the fates of youngsters John Swift and Ola Aina, both of whom had been offered new contracts but neither of whom have signed anything with anyone just yet.

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