Reece James, Gallagher and 5 Other Academy Stars Chelsea Could Sell As Club Need to Raise £100M

Reece James, Gallagher and 5 Other Academy Stars Chelsea Could Sell As Club Need to Raise £100M

Elijah Odetokun
updated at March 1, 2024 at 11:09 AM
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  • Chelsea are at the risk of breaking Premier League financial rules
  • The London club need to raise at least £100 million before June 30
  • The Blues go-to players for a quick profit are their academy stars

Chelsea's massive spending since Todd Boehly took over may get them into trouble, unless they are proactive and make quick sales before the close of the current financial year on June 30.

The Premier League's sustainability rules state that clubs are not allowed to record losses of more than £105 million in three years. If the Blues are to comply, they must make sales of about £100mil before that time.

Conor Gallagher, Chelsea, Leeds United, FA Cup, Stamford Bridge.
Conor Gallagher applauds the Chelsea fans after scoring the winner against Leeds in the FA Cup. Photo by Ryan Pierse.
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Their main go-to for swift transfers would be their academy players, whose transfer fees count directly as profits in the account book.

Sports Brief looks at six academy stars in the first team the club could sell.

Academy stars Chelsea could sell

1. Reece James

Only a few fans want to hear this, but the biggest asset in the hands of the club is captain, Reece James. He looked like a player Real Madrid would snap up the moment he made his debut. His injury problems are the only issue that could hamper it, as he is currently out after hamstring surgery.

2. Conor Gallagher

The former Crystal Palace loanee has captained the team mainly in the absence of the injury-prone James and Ben Chilwell. Per Mirror UK, the club will move him on in the summer if an offer of around £50mil is received after an impasse in contract talks.

3. Armando Broja

The Albanian striker is on loan at Fulham after seeing limited playing time in the first half of the season. He is unlikely to return to Stamford Bridge in the summer as the club looks to cash in on him while they go for an elite forward.

4. Trevoh Chalobah

Chalobah debuted in the UEFA Super Cup final against Villarreal under Thomas Tuchel. He was close to reuniting with his former boss at Bayern Munich, but the deal collapsed, and he rejected a move to Nottingham Forest. He returned from a long injury recently and will be sold this summer.

5. Ian Maatsen

The Blues are halfway through selling the Dutch full-back. He is currently on loan at Borussia Dortmund. Per Evening Standard, the London club is holding out for a fee in the region of £30mil for a permanent sale after the player rejected a move to Burnley for a similar amount.

6. Lewis Hall

Per an official statement, Hall joined Newcastle United on loan in the summer, with the Magpies having an option to buy, which would become an obligation if certain conditions were met for a fee of £35mil including add-ons.

7. Levi Colwill

The defender spent last season on loan at Brighton, and the Seagulls wanted him permanently, but his parent club refused. He also had interest from Liverpool, which was bluffed. Per Caught Offside, Paris Saint-Germain are eyeing the 20-year-old.

Most games missed for Chelsea due to injury

Sports Brief also analysed 10 players with the most games missed for Chelsea due to injury this season after Christopher Nkunku suffered another setback in the Carabao Cup final.

French defender, Wesley Fofana, has yet to play for the Blues this season after suffering an ACL injury in July. Chalobah is second on the list, with 32 games missed to fitness issues.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.