The English Premier League executive Richard Masters has hinted that Chelsea will need to sell some of their players in the coming transfer windows.
This comes as the Blues need to balance their books after splashing £600m on new signings this season.
Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly spent £323m in the January transfer window for new players.
Last summer, the Blues signed Wesley Fofana, Marc Cucurella and Raheem Sterling.
Masters, speaking at the Financial Times Business of Football Summit, addressed Boehly and Chelsea’s transfer policy.
“I am not here to defend them. The new owners have owned the club for less than a year, they’ve had two transfer windows. You need to judge the football club after three or four years.
“They might have bought, they would argue probably they have a different transfer policy to the previous regime – younger players, longer contracts and lower wages.
“Obviously within our rules, it is a test over a 12-month period so the question is whether they are going to sell some of their existing players in the next window.
“I don’t have the answer to that question, I’m certainly not here to defend them but you have to judge these things over a period of time,” Masters said.