Chelsea look to buy British as strict rules could see six homegrown players leave

The futures of six homegrown players are in doubt prompting fears the Blues will not comply with the regulations next season.

The rules require Premier League clubs to have at least eight players in their squads who played in England for at least three years before turning 21.

Cesc Fabregas, Danny Drinkwater, Gary Cahill, Andreas Christensen, Rob Green and Victor Moses all tick this box, but could leave Chelsea ahead of next season.

And Daily Mail reports the potential exodus of homegrown players might force the Blues' board to alter their transfer plans and focus on bringing in more British players to Stamford Bridge instead.

Chelsea might also search for more homegrown talent in their youth academy and promote some of its products to the senior team.

Fikayo Tomori could be on Maurizio Sarri's watch having impressed on loan at Derby.

The talented defender turns 21 next week, meaning he will meet the criteria.

Also Tammy Abraham, who celebrated his 21st birthday in October, might benefit from the situation and get a chance for his long-awaited Chelsea breakthrough.

Bristol striker has netted 11 times this season, and the move would possibly please the Blues' fans who reportedly grow frustrated with Spaniard Alvaro Morata.

Chelsea's troubles could derail West Ham and Bournemouth's plans to land Ruben Loftus-Cheek in January, as he is classified as a homegrown player.

Italian giants AC Milan are thought to be in the mix for the Lewisham boy's signature too – while also monitoring Cesc Fabregas' situation.

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