Chelsea have reportedly spoken to intermediaries about helping them find buyers for their players ahead of the expected summer clear-out.
After the last two transfer windows, in which the club reportedly spent over £500million on players, Chelsea are now in a situation where how successful they are in selling their players this summer will significantly impact their future.
According to The Telegraph, co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart will be placed in charge of trimming the squad as soon as possible.
In addition to that, the Blues have reportedly talked to “intermediaries”, which likely refer to players’ agents, about finding possible suitors.
This is one of the reasons why an immediate appointment of the next manager is important, even if caretaker manager Frank Lampard stays in charge of the team until the end of the season.
What these players need is clarity about their future.
By confirming the next manager and letting him list the players he wants to keep, the club can then work alongside the agents of the players outside this list to start searching for new clubs.
The Telegraph also mentioned the pressure of raising funds from player sales before 30 June, in order to balance this year’s accounts.
Football-wise, Mauricio Pochettino, who is said to be the leading candidate to be the next Chelsea manager, reportedly wants to work with a smaller squad during the pre-season, which makes a lot of sense.
Bear in mind that similar to last year, Chelsea will travel to the United States for a pre-season tour.
A few months ago, Graham Potter revealed that several Chelsea players told him it was the worst pre-season they had.
It will hopefully not be the case this time, but it will still be far from an ideal situation for a new manager to start his spell with a lot of time to be spent on travelling.