Jose Mourinho is keen for some of Chelsea’s fringe players to leave the club on loan.
The Blues boss hopes to complete at least one more new signing before the transfer window closes and wants to work with a squad of no more than 22.
And that is unlikely to mean an exodus of youngsters, as Mourinho is looking to give them a chance to progress at Stamford Bridge this season.
He explained: “The point is not to sell. The point is that I want a 22-player squad. So if somebody comes, somebody leaves.
“Do we need to sell? No we don’t. Do we need to loan? Probably yes, because I don’t like to have big squads. I like to work with a small group of players.
“I think 22 is the perfect number to answer our needs for different competitions and at the same time for some kids to train with us and be selected in a few matches.”
Signing a forward remains a priority for Mourinho, who is hoping to snatch Brazil international Willian from under the noses of Tottenham.
And Chelsea are planning to make another bid for Wayne Rooney, having had two previous offers for the England forward rejected by Manchester United.
“I said before that I’m happy with my squad but that every manager says they are happy but are always unhappy,” said Mourinho.
“We always want something of more quality and we never close the door to the possibility of having more quality in our squad.”