Chelsea will be looking to build upon their Champions League success last season with a Premier League triumph this campaign for the first time since 2017.
However, Thomas Tuchel has one more big decision to make before Chelsea welcome Crystal Palace to Stamford Bridge on the opening weekend of the season.
Tuchel has to confirm his squad of 25 players – with no more than 17 who don't qualify as homegrown – and the German has a sizeable task of cutting down a squad the size of Chelsea's.
And Daily Star Sport looks at five players who could leave on loan.
In recent years Chelsea have earned themselves the nickname of 'loan army', and one of the main lieutenants has been Welsh centre-back Ethan Ampadu.
Ampadu has spent the last two years out on loan at RB Leipzig and Sheffield United.
Despite starring for Wales at Euro 2020, the 21-year-old may struggle to force his way into the side behind Thiago Silva, Andreas Christensen, and Kurt Zouma.
Rather than lose his services permanently, Tuchel could look to loan the Welshman out to continue his development with some first-team action.
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Malang Sarr joined Chelsea on a free last summer from Ligue 1 side Nice and then immediately shipped him off on loan to Portuguese giants Porto.
Similar to Ampadu, Sarr may struggle to muscle himself into the first-team picture ahead of the more established stars.
Sarr has the further complication as being outside of the all-important homegrown quota, which could work against him should Tuchel need to cut some players.
Sarr was part of the Porto side that dumped Juventus out of the Champions League last campaign.
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Ruben Loftus-Cheek is almost Chelsea's forgotten prospect; it wasn't too long ago that he was considered to be the future of the Blues and of England.
The midfielder has since fallen by the wayside, and he has spent the last two seasons on loan at Fulham and Crystal Palace respectively.
However, Tuchel could be willing to give Loftus-Cheek a second chance: probably his last chance.
Various reports have suggested that Loftus-Cheek may be allowed to leave this summer should the right offer come in, whether it be permanently or on loan.
Ross Barkley joined Chelsea in 2018 after impressing for Everton for half a decade, however, after struggling to break into the side, he spent last season on loan at Aston Villa.
Barkley struck up a great partnership with Jack Grealish, and the two starred in a superb team performance that saw them put seven, yes seven, past Liverpool.
And Barkley looks set to leave again this summer.
Newcastle United look to be the side in pole position for the midfielder's signature.
Charly Musonda is another forgotten talent from the Chelsea academy.
Musonda has spent the last two years on loan at Vitesse Arnhem – with whom Chelsea have an affiliation, and the Blues regularly send out players to develop at the Eredivise side.
Musonda tore his PCL whilst on loan at Celtic, and that set him back in his career: "They told me the odds of coming back were like 20% of coming back and being at the top level, being able to compete and play for a club like Chelsea, it was slim to none," he told the BBC.
However, he made it back, but he may still need more time to develop before breaking into the Chelsea side.
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