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Chelsea face costly summer clear-out

Chelsea face the prospect of having to pay players millions of pounds to leave the football club this summer.

They were already planning for a clear-out of their squad at the end of the season, with the aim of both thinning out the bloated number of first-team players, and also to make room for new arrivals.

However, now they are facing up to the financial consequences of their policy of signing players on big wages.

Expensive acquisitions like Romelu Lukaka and Christian Pulisic are on weekly wages that other clubs are unlikely to want to match, and, as they will still have at least a year left on their contracts this summer, in some cases, more, the only option if they want them to leave, is to pay them off.

The club is under pressure to balance its books for Financial fair Play reasons, having recorded loeses of £121 million last year.

And now they have to find the reported £13 million that they have to find to pay off what remains of Graham Potter’s contract.

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