Though league games against Liverpool and Blackburn are still on the schedule, the odds of Roberto Di Matteo approaching them with any conviction are slim as they are all but out of contention for fourth place in the EPL.
With Europa League guaranteed after Saturday’s FA Cup win, the only thing left to really strive for in this turbulent 2011-12 season would be the coveted UEFA Champions League crown, which Chelsea will go after May 19th against Bayern Munich.
However, the outcome of that match will matter little in the details of the Blues' summer targets. Once that transfer window opens, you can expect Roman Abramovich to once again open his checkbook and have another go at rebuilding the club.
With the future of the managerial position still up for grabs, it would likely be the first thing the owner gets established. But it is looking more and more like Di Matteo has earned himself the job through at least the fans. After all, is that not who this game is played for anyway?
But often times a club can find itself lagging behind if they do not get an early jump on the signings. So with or without a manager, there has already been speculation around a variety of names. Here are five of the biggest who could be at Stamford Bridge next season.