Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard will not decide which of his players are up for sale this summer until after the FA Cup final against Arsenal on Saturday, according to reports.
The Blues have already spent over £80million on Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner and are on the verge of capturing Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz for around £90m.
Marina Granovskaia has told Lampard he must offload some stars if he wants to bring in the versatile midfielder, according to the Guardian.
However, the 42-year-old is not willing to make those decisions until after this weekend’s FA Cup final against Arsenal.
Lampard fears he could upset the harmony of the squad if he starts telling players they no longer have a future at Stamford Bridge.
Saturday’s Wembley showdown will also offer those under threat the opportunity to earn their place in next season’s squad.
But some players will have to be axed if Lampard is to continue his spending and decisions will be made from next week.
Havertz has apparently agreed personal terms with Chelsea after telling his club he wishes to leave.
All that is left to be completed is for the two sides to agree a fee and they are edging ever closer.
Leverkusen are holding out for a figure in the region of £90m – which is £20m more than Chelsea are willing to part with.
Granovskaia could include a number of add-ons and bonuses to take the total up to the required amount.
Chelsea are also in desperate need of an improved defence as they conceded more goals than any other team in the Premier League’s top 10.
Before Lampard can begin to fix his leaky back line some stars need to be offloaded to streamline the wage bill.
It has been suggested defensive duo Kurt Zouma and Andreas Christensen could both make way to bring in a new centre-back.
Either Marcos Alonso or Emerson Palmieri is expected to depart if Lampard pushes ahead with his plans to sign Leicester full-back Ben Chilwell.
At the opposite end of the field Michy Batshuayi’s days are thought to be numbered.