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More Stamford Bridge departures likely

Although the focus has, inevitably, been on how much has been spent on new players, what has been overlooked has been the number of those leaving the club since Clearwater Capital and Todd Boehly took over.

There were more than 20 departures in the summer alone, and whilst several of those were fringe players, included in their number were some highly rated stars like Kai Havertz, Mason Mount, N’Golo Kanté and Christian Pulisic.

And if comments by Capital’s co-founder José Feliciano are to be believed, then Chelsea fans can expect more players to find themselves in the Stamford Bridge departure lounge when the transfer window opens again in January.

He has indicated that the objective is to trim the wage bill by a further £80 million per year, as they continue their policy of signing younger players on long-term contracts which can then be amortised over their useful life.

And that could mean the end of their time in West London for the likes of Trevoh Chalobah and Conor Gallagher, whose current salaries belong to a by-gone era.

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