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Todd Boehly must make brave Chelsea transfer decision with obvious buy-back clause

Chelsea loanee Omari Hutchinson
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Chelsea will be entering the summer transfer window with departures top of the agenda.

The Blues have an inflated squad and tough decisions will need to be made on who can continue the momentum built in the latter stages of this season. One man likely to split opinion is Omari Hutchinson.

When the 20-year-old was sent on loan to Ipswich Town at the beginning of this season, few would have foreseen the impact he would have. His first significant challenge in 'men's football' was passed with flying colours as he produced 11 goals and six assists as the Tractor Boys secured a remarkable return to the Premier League.

While this is an impressive haul, especially for a young player making their way into first-team football, whoever the new manager is at Chelsea may look to sell Hutchinson while his stock is high. Cole Palmer, Raheem Sterling, Mykhaylo Mudryk and Noni Madueke are all occupying places in the first team making it difficult to see where the youngster fits into that squad.

One saving grace for Hutchinson at Stamford Bridge could have been the arrival of Kieran McKenna as the club's new manager. However, the Ipswich leader is understood to be moving out of contention for the top job which could be a disaster for Hutchinson.

You would imagine McKenna would have given the winger more minutes at Chelsea but would another boss do the same? Ultimately, Hutchinson's stock is high as can be seen from interest by German clubs Stuttgart and Borussia Monchengladbach.

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With Financial Fair Play (FFP) an ever-increasing problem, Chelsea cannot afford a player like Hutchinson to leave on a free when his contract expires in 2025. This means another loan spell is out of the question.

A permanent exit this summer accompanied by a smart buy-back clause is the sensible route for Chelsea to go. Big decisions need to be made for the good of both the squad and the finances and sadly, this realistically means Hutchinson's time at Stamford Bridge should come to an end.