Whats up ? This is how i would handle the squad and how i think Chelsea should :
So first of all, we can look at the players we will have on July 1rst on our books that i would consider for the 1rst team :
Petr Cech & Thibaut Courthois
Right Backs :
Central Defenders :
Left Backs :
"Defensive" Midfielders :
Central Midfielders :
Wingers / AMs :
Centre Forwards :
So that's 30 players, i like to have 2 in each + 1 attacker, 1 defender and a midfielder to have 25.
With that said, i expect Bertrand to go on loan to another Premiere League club (the decision was made with an eye on our CL roaster, as PVA counts as club trained), the same would go for Keneth Omeruo, Nathan Ake, Josh McEachran, Marko Marin, Oriol Romeu (i'd rather have him recover somewhere else at least until january) and Lucas Piazon (he would be allowed to stay in Malaga if they confirm playing time). Courthois to Atheltico again for the CL.
As far as sales go, i wouldn't be against seeing Essien leaving since i don't think he is close to the level required here, same goes for Kakuta. Wallace, Kalas and the other i didn't consider can also go on loan to smaller leagues.
So here we are, with 21 1rst team players. Considering Chalobah would be the extra man in defense and in midfield to get him the right amount of playing time, we would still need one midfielder and at least another attacker. I trust Brana and Luiz to teach Bruma how to get the work done.
I would go for Marouane Fellaini as we could really use some balls and a strong body in our team.
I feel we should have another 1rst team level winger and it seems like Chelsea are going for Andre Schurrle, but let's say we'd want a cheaper and better option : we could sign Aubameyang (Although that would be a major problem come next year when we would have 3 attackers out for a month*) who is a good centre forward and equally as good on either wing.
For the keeper i think Green or Foster would be easy buys, specially Green since he already had a difficult campaign against Julio. Blackman can be 3rd choice, who cares.
* lol we won't qualify for the CAN anyway
That would mean in order : 30 + 15 + 10 = 55M more or less.
So here we are with a 24 man squad for the season. It should be well enough to get us to the Premiere League title and maybe somewhere in the CL with a good manager, without going broke.