This summer is seen by many as a keen rebuilding summer for Chelsea FC who fell well short of expectations this season, finishing a full 30 points adrift of runaway winners Liverpool FC and only just fighting off a late challenge from Leicester City to hold on to 4th place and guaranteeing the Blues a Champions League place next season despite resounding disappointment from fans, players and pundits alike.

It may come as a surprise to some however, that whilst it seems obvious to many that Chelsea need to make multiple additions this summer to have any chance of bettering their lacklustre form this season; that Chelsea themselves have formally put 8 players up for sale this summer. Should this be soon as them releasing themselves from the deadwood; or, more likely, are they opting to sell assets this summer to generate funds to bring in new additions; as opposed to the owners themselves injecting more funds for transfer activity?

Another issue for new boss Frank Lampard, is the proposed start date of 12th September for the new season. Lampard has claimed due to Chelsea’s continued involvement in the Champions League that his team will not have an acceptable time for pre-season. Considering how many exits look likely from Stamford Bridge this season and how many players he will need to purchase to fill those holes & weakness in the squad, he may have a point.

N’Golo Kante, Tiemoue Bakayoko and Ross Barkley all appear to be available with Chelsea also reportedly open to offers for at least 5 others players who either played key or bit-part roles in competitive games this season. It remains to be seen what interest in all these players and perhaps several others there will be; and Chelsea appear reliant on offloading some big names to allow Lampard room to move during this transfer window. Whether he can achieve all he wants over this short summer break, or whether some business may have to wait until the January transfer window remains to be seen.

With all this to ponder, it’s unsurprising that at this early stage Chelsea are unfancied by the bookmakers for next season with some offering title odds as long as 33/1. As a result, punters are only likely to use promotional free bets on any bets containing Chelsea as title contenders for the 20/21 season.