Frank Lampard says qualifying for next season's Champions League will boost Chelsea's recruitment drive this summer.
The Blues sealed a fourth-place finish with a fine 2-0 win over Wolves, with Mason Mount firing a smart free-kick and teeing up Olivier Giroud at Stamford Bridge.
Leverkusen midfielder Kai Havertz could yet join the Blues this summer, with Chelsea also weighing up recruiting a new goalkeeper and further defensive reinforcements.
Lampard insisted his decision to start veteran Willy Caballero ahead of Kepa Arrizabalaga revolved only around the Wolves clash, but the Blues could yet change their goalkeeping situation in the close season.
While Chelsea boss Lampard wants to keep his cards close to his chest on summer targets, he did acknowledge that Champions League qualification carries a bearing.
Asked if reaching the Champions League will make recruitment easier, he said: "In brutal honesty I would say yes. Not to say exactly where that will go, because that's not a conversation today off the back of the game straight away.
"We know that the economics of the Champions League are big, we know that. We know the prestige, top players want to play in the Champions League.
"The top players that are here already, even the young players, they want to play in the Champions League.
"To get too far ahead of ourselves and to be concerned for what it might mean from the outside is not a question for today, it's a question for the players that have produced today.
"That can improve anyway, we can all improve.
"But if we're looking to recruit in certain areas then I think it may help, but those are conversations for after Arsenal, after Bayern Munich, see how we go, because now we've had a good year, we want to have a better year next year.
"So we'll try to better ourselves in any way possible."
Refusing to let Kepa be the focus of Chelsea's defensive shortcomings this term, Lampard insisted he will put aside the club's goalkeeper situation until after the FA Cup final against Arsenal and the Champions League trip to Bayern Munich.
"The idea that we haven't kept enough clean sheets is definitely not just a reflection of our goalkeeper," said Lampard.
"That's something that we have to work on as a team, look at how we train, maybe how we recruit generally going forward. But I don't want to pinpoint it on Kepa today.
"That was a decision today probably on recent form, recent situations for him, he's had a tough time.
"And I felt Willy coming in off the back of a good performance against Manchester United last week would be what we needed today.
"So I don't want to jump forward beyond the Arsenal game next week. It would be wrong.
"The squad is really strong as we are and I want it to stay that way for one more week domestically and then going to Bayern Munich. Looking forward to next season will happen after that."
Lampard confirms Pedro exit
Lampard said Pedro will leave Chelsea after their FA Cup final and Champions League fixtures.
The Spain winger, who came off the bench against Wolves, will be on hand for the FA Cup final against Arsenal and the Champions League last-16 second-leg trip to Bayern Munich.
Pedro has for some time been expected to join Roma for next season, and Lampard confirmed his impending exit.
"The lads have just pretty much serenaded Pedro in the changing room and rightly so because of the career he has had generally, and for this club," said Lampard.
"It was his last Premier League game, but the impact he has had here is huge.
My last game at Stamford Bridge. Thanks to every fan for your support through this years, to the club for giving me the chance of being a Blue and to my teammates. You'll be in my heart forever. Now let's fight for FA Cup trophy!!! BIG BLUE FAMILY 👏🏻💙🔝 @ChelseaFC #CFC #KTBFFH pic.twitter.com/vwFKmnWfbx— Pedro Rodríguez (@_Pedro17_) July 26, 2020
"I want to say a big thanks to Peds and wish him well as he goes forward.
"He is here for the remainder of games, but a big player of the club leaves and the spirit of the club I saw afterwards was pretty special."
Brazil winger Willian missed Sunday's final league encounter due to an ankle complaint and will be a fitness doubt for the FA Cup final.
Willian could yet leave Stamford Bridge after the FA Cup and Champions League endeavours, as his contract also expires at the end of a season elongated by the coronavirus pandemic.
The 31-year-old remains in talks with the Blues over a new deal, but is holding out for a three-year contract while the club have wanted him to commit to two more years.