Struggling Chelsea flogging homegrown players to raise funds after awful season

Graham Potter could continue restructuring Chelsea's squad with a major clear out of homegrown players in the summer.

The Blues have spent big in the last two transfer windows, bringing in a glut of new players at a total cost of over £500million. With Financial Fair Play rules now set to bite, that means the west Londoners will have to offload stars at the end of the season.

And according to the Daily Mirror, it could be the club's academy products who are on their way out, with Mason Mount and Ruben Loftus-Cheek both set to enter the final year of their contracts in the summer.

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It has been reported that Mount will be sold if he cannot agree a new deal with the club – and there will be no shortage of potential suitors if he does leave Stamford Bridge.

Liverpool are understood to be keen on the England midfielder as Jurgen Klopp undergoes his own restructure at Anfield. However, the Blues have not given up on keeping Mount, although they may struggle to match the wages on offer elsewhere.

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Loftus-Cheek has been at Chelsea for almost a decade as first-team player but has never managed to nail down a consistent place in the side under a succession of managers.

He could also depart, while Conor Gallagher's future is also up in the air. The 23-year-old has two years left on his current contract and would also attract plenty of interest in the summer.

Chelsea have tried to give opportunities to their academy products in recent seasons, but there is now added pressure on the club as the threat of FFP looms. Clubs get more relief from selling their homegrown stars compared to foreign players who eat into the FFP allowance.

It means another dilemma for under-fire manager Graham Potter, who may not last until the summer if results don't pick up soon after a horror start to life as Stamford Bridge boss.


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