Date: 23rd March 2023 at 12:00pm
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Chelsea will almost certainly have to win the Champions League this season if they are to qualify for the competition next term. 

Graham Potter’s side currently sit tenth in the Premier League table, six places and 11 points behind fourth-placed Tottenham Hotspur.

While still mathematically possible, it is extremely unlikely that The Blues will finish in the top four this term, and that means that they will have to triumph in the Champions League if they are to qualify for Europe’s top club competition next season.

Real Madrid await Chelsea in the quarter-finals, with the winner of that tie then facing either Bayern Munich or Manchester City in the semis.

In the meantime, it has emerged that Chelsea are resigned to making a huge financial loss on one of their players.

According to Football Insider, The Blues are prepared to sell Romelu Lukaku despite the fact that they will make a huge loss.

Lukaku joined Chelsea from Inter Milan back in 2021, costing the club around £97.5 million, but his return to Stamford Bridge didn’t go to plan.

Lukaku faces an uncertain future following an injury-plagued season in Italy

The Belgium international scored just eight Premier League goals, despite having netted 24 times in the league the previous season to help propel Inter Milan to the Serie A title.

Following his disappointing campaign, he was loaned back to the Italian side, but he has struggled with injuries this term.

He has made just 19 appearances across all competitions this season, scoring just five goals.

Despite the huge price that Chelsea paid for the Belgian striker just two years ago, it is claimed that he is not part of manager Potter’s plans and will therefore be sold this summer.

The striker had previously spent time with Chelsea as a youngster but never scored for the club during his first spell.

Having first departed Stamford Bridge in 2014, Lukaku spent time with both Everton and Manchester United before moving to Italy in 2019.

Inter have decided that they will not agree to loan the player for a further season, while reported interest from both Everton and Aston Villa is unlikely to materialise.

The report even claims that Chelsea could sell the player for less than £30 million, less than a third of the price that they paid for him in 2021.

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