Chelsea owner Todd Boehly plans to introduce an American-style contract policy at Stamford Bridge as he looks to secure the long-term futures of his young stars.
According to reports, Boehly wants the best under-25 players at the club to sign new contracts as soon as possible that could run for up to seven years, something that is typical in US-based sports.
Football contracts in England very rarely last longer than five years, but Chelsea and Boehly have already begun to change that mould, with summer signings Marc Cucurella and Carney Chukwuemeka joining on six-year deals.
The Blues are now set to offer new six-year contracts, with the option of a seventh, to young trio Mason Mount, Reece James, and Armando Broja.
Mount has just two years left to run on his current deal, while James and Broja are contracted until 2025 and 2026 respectively, and all three have been linked with moves away from West London this summer.
Broja is by far the most likely to leave, with the likes of Everton and Newcastle keen on signing the 20-year-old striker either permanently or on loan.
By tying down these players, Boehly and co. will be hoping to avoid the mistakes of the last regime when it came to players running down their contracts.
While not a frequent occurrence, the club did lose two very valuable defenders in the summer on a free, namely Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, with Chelsea having to fork out nearly £100m on their replacements Cucurella and Kalidou Koulibaly.
The club also have some other big contract decisions to make with no less than seven players entering the last year of their deals, including midfield duo N’Golo Kante and Jorginho.