After their disastrous start to the season, relegation could mean a spot of financial difficulty.
After their disastrous start to the season, the current Premier League champions find themselves in the unthinkable position of sitting three points above the drop zone at the halfway stage of the campaign - which led to the club sacking Jose Mourinho and installing Guus Hiddink on an interim basis.
In the eyes of the bookmakers at least, it still remains very unlikely that Chelsea's remarkable collapse in form will result in them playing football in the Championship next season - as they were priced as long as 100/1 to go down prior to their encounter with Manchester United on Monday evening - which ended in a goalless draw.
However, if that were to happen there is a real worry that the cost relegation could be financially crippling given the lack of clauses in players' contracts.
In the event they were to go down, there is a likelihood that a lot of Chelsea's big earners would look to leave the club anyway, but given that these players will have been part of a side that has dropped a division, would other clubs be prepared to pay them the kind of wages they want? Would they stick around at Chelsea as a result and would they get the kind of moves that they want? It would be an extraordinary set of circumstances in the modern game.
For now this is a purely hypothetical situation but it would help the Blues greatly if they can manage to string some good form together and ease their fears of such a situation arising. But with the rest of the league seeing how vulnerable they are, that's easier said than done!