Chelsea must be on the look-out for extraordinary talent immediately, despite FIFA upholding the ban on the team that prevents them from signing players to their senior team.
The Blues know they will be left behind by their rivals in the coming year unless Maurizio Sarri cooks something delightful for his fans with refreshed tactics that will get the current players a notch higher than they are now. The players will need a boost mentally and physically to compete and the head coach has a big role to play in that.
However, the shortage of quality strikers on the market means when one becomes available, Chelsea cannot sit by and watch the other top European clubs fight for him. They must participate in the battle. But with the transfer ban, the Blues cannot actively be involved in any transfer negotiations.
Fans will expect the top negotiators at the club to at least maintain contact with some of these players including Luka Jovic of Eintracht Frankfurt, who scored in both legs against Chelsea in the Europa League final. He has 27 goals this season in all competitions and has already attracted a host of big clubs via the Sun.
Chelsea has to be one of them, or they risk losing out on another one of the players certain to move this summer to big domestic and European rivals.