The Mandarins will feature a Blues player who was recently promoted to the second tier of English football.
Chelsea have negotiated a two-year contract extension with Dujon Sterling and will send him on loan to Blackpool for the season.
The 21-year-old will also have the opportunity to spend an extra year at Stamford Bridge after impressive preseason results under Thomas Tuchel.
This marks a huge turning point for the youngster who made his Chelsea debut under Antonio Conte in 2017. but he had a 13-month layoff due to injury and then a separate illness not related to Covid.
What does Chelsea think of Sterling?
Tuchel used Sterling in several pre-season games, playing him as a center-back rather than a full-back.
The Chelsea coach is known to be impressed with Sterling and thought about transferring him to the first team after seeing him train and play behind the scenes.
Trevo Chalobah may have seized the opportunity Sterling almost had when the Blues rejected the opportunity to send him on loan. This put an end to his loan interest from clubs such as Lille, Valencia and Club Brugge.
The willingness to promote Chalobah also gives Sterling some hope that Tuchel will risk getting academy products that do it right.
What else is going on at Chelsea?
Chelsea are considering loan options for more players, with Malang Sarr, Ethan Ampadu and Ruben Loftus-Chick receiving all offers.
Tiemue Bakayoko is on the verge of signing a two-year contract extension and going on loan to Milan. The Blues intend to earn 1 million euros per year and another 1 million euros if they enter the Champions League. Under certain conditions, there is a mandatory purchase option of € 17 million (£ 15 million / US $ 20 million).
Meanwhile, the Blues are hoping to sell Danny Drinkwater, Ross Barkley and Lewis Baker.
Chelsea are trying to sign Jules Counde of Sevilla but have run into a wall in negotiations with a League club that is now asking for almost £ 77m ($ 106m).