Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich has accepted that his team will in all likelihood be absent from next season's Champions League. Only a miracle will see them finish in the Premier League's top four while something similar will be needed for them to win the trophy in the current campaign.
While that will be something of a disaster – both in financial and football terms – for the Stamford Bridge club, Abramovich is ready to see it as an opportunity to rebuild.
Having failed to make any significant investments in the transfer window last summer, Abramovich wants to rectify his error by giving the new manager a big budget. However, the money for that budget won't come out of the oligarch's vast wallet, but through dreaded player sales.
According to the Daily Mail, Chelsea will continue to balance incomings with outgoings despite their disastrous demise this season. And with a big revamp required, it means one of the club's biggest stars is likely to be made available at the end of the season.
Eden Hazard is probably the most valuable player in the squad at the moment and the Blues would hope to sell the Belgian for around the £80m mark. Real Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain have long courted the winger, but it appears the man himself would only be interested in a move to Spain.
He has already experienced Ligue 1 football with Lille and doesn't see a return at this point in his career as a wise move, even if it is to a team almost guaranteed to win the domestic league every season.
Oscar to China?
Oscar is also likely to be put on the market. The Brazilian has already reportedly attracted a sizable offer from China, but it is unclear whether he would be open to such a move. The incredible money on offer in the economic powerhouse, however, could be enough to tempt him.
Chelsea could also be swayed into parting with Thibaut Courtois if a big bid comes in. The young goalkeeper is considered to be one of the best in the world and as a result would generate significant sums of money in the transfer market. However, having sold Petr Cech last summer, it is not a move that would go down well with the fans.