Granted, Thomas Tuchelhailedhim as “excellent” during his time in charge, but his overall impact isn’t great enough to justify handing him an extension, or even keep hold of him until his current contract runs out next year.

This is an absolutely vital summer for Chelsea in the transfer market, and while making signings is clearly imperative, it is also so important that the dead wood is moved on and money is freed up, in terms of paying for new additions and also easing the club’s wage bill.

Loftus-Cheek’s aforementioned £120,000-a-week wages are a prime example of this, and if the Blues can sell other expendable players this summer, as well as receiving good money for them, it will go a long way to steadying the ship under incoming new manager Mauricio Pochettino.