Chelsea’s £89 million star faces a wage reduction after the season, according to Ben Jacobs.
Chelsea’s hunt for a new manager has been laborious. Julian Nagelsmann, who desired a managerial coronation, was adamant about this.
Mauricio Pochettino is anticipated to take over, but both Chelsea and Pochettino are being patient. Chelsea understands that they cannot afford to miss this appointment. As a result, a large number of individuals were evaluated.
Pochettino, for his part, has not hurried back into management. He’s been looking for the ideal project and has been paying close attention to Chelsea’s ambition. When approached following Thomas Tuchel’s dismissal in September, he was not convinced by the concept. This was due to his recent departure from PSG and Chelsea’s new owners. There was no full-fledged recruiting staff in place, and the summer hiring season had just ended. Even if he understood the club’s lofty long-term aim, the moment was not perfect.
If Pochettino is confirmed, he will begin summer preparations immediately. This includes a thorough cleaning. Chelsea also wants a striker, a midfielder, and maybe a starting goalkeeper.
And, like Chelsea’s owners, Pochettino wants Mason Mount to stay, and negotiations will take place during the summer amid strong Liverpool interest. Arsenal is another team to keep an eye on.
Chelsea’s newest Striker hunt
The striker position is the most exciting and vital right now. Chelsea has only scored 31 Premier League goals this season. Last season, they received 76. That is a startling difference.
If Pochettino signs, there will undoubtedly be linkages between Harry Kane and Chelsea. Manchester United is presently investigating such a possibility. However, no Premier League team will turn down the Kane opportunity if they believe the player will be available for a reasonable fee.
The difficulty is that Daniel Levy will not make things easy for you. As I’ve stated several times, he’ll seek £100 million or more and will be quite hesitant to sell to a competitor. Kane may potentially use the upheaval at Spurs to demand greater power, but the club believes he is more likely to go than remain. This is significant since the situation was peaceful between late last year and February.
There is currently nothing between Chelsea and Kane or Spurs. They’ve been keeping an eye on Napoli’s Victor Osimhen. However, if Pochettino joins as predicted, he would add one of his main objectives to the list of goals.
Chelsea players may face changes at Cobham.
Pochettino’s man-management style makes it apparent that work ethic is essential. Training may be demanding, and days off are scarce. Pochettino fosters unity through both victory and tragedy. He will not tolerate dressing-room squabbles or egos.
That, I believe, is what made PSG so tough for him, and the lessons he learned in that dressing room will be useful at Chelsea. The issue with inheriting a large group is that there will always be some disgruntled players. That is unavoidable.
Pochettino must determine who is staying and who is leaving before fostering a cohesive spirit with a smaller core. And, when it comes to player attributes, personality has always been a key aspect. One of the first significant markers for Pochettino is a player’s reaction after losing the ball.
Chelsea requires ball-winners all over the field. They were considered too passive in the first half of Arsenal’s 3-1 defeat. This is why a center midfielder, such as Declan Rice or Romeo Lavia, might be crucial.
Lavia will almost certainly depart the Saints if they are relegated, and Chelsea has previously attempted to sign him. Manchester City does have a repurchase provision, but it is only in effect until the summer of 2024. This allows other potential suitors an opportunity before then. Manchester United and Newcastle have also looked. Many teams, I believe, see an opportunity this summer since Lavia will not want to drop down to the Championship.
Naturally, Chelsea supporters will be excited about the arrivals and don’t forget that Malo Gusto and Christopher Nkunku will be joining the group. But for Chelsea, the summer is also about establishing synergy with the players they currently have.
What will happen to Mykhaylo Mudryk at Chelsea?
Mykhaylo Mudryk is the most intriguing name to keep an eye on. He has enormous potential, so much so that his former Shakhtar coach Roberto De Zerbi (now at Brighton) believes he will win the Ballon d’Or in the future.
Chelsea paid €70 million plus a possible €30 million in add-ons (totaling £89 million, according to BBC Sport), and Arsenal’s bid was comparable in amount (but not structure). You don’t get two major teams giving that much money unless they see something truly extraordinary. Mudryk was also a standout for Shakhtar Donetsk in the first half of this season in the Champions League.
Chelsea sees Mudryk’s transfer fee as an investment rather than a cost. And by giving him an eight-and-a-half-year deal, they can amortize the amount over many years while still keeping their books balanced.
Mudryk makes £97k each week, which is considered modest (as weird as it seems!) by Premier League standards. This implies that if he succeeds and becomes a vital part of Chelsea, he will save the club money on salaries as opposed to signing an instantaneously Premier League-proven player who would want far higher pay.
That’s the notion, at least: you sign someone long-term, they don’t receive a renewal for three seasons or more, and if everything goes as planned, they become a £200k-per-week-type player on a £100k-per-week-or-so pay. And Mudryk will be cheaper for the time being since all of Chelsea’s January acquisitions agreed to a pay decrease if Champions League football was not achieved. This is part of a new club-wide salary structure designed to preserve money in the event of failure.
The difficulty, though, is twofold. If Mudryk has a fantastic season next season, his agent will simply press for better terms sooner, despite the long-term contract he now has. And, of course, if his form deteriorates and Chelsea decides to sell him later, they will be unable to reclaim the transfer money. However, if his salary remains reasonable,’ Chelsea will not be burdened with that sort of weekly spending by retaining him at the club. That’s the issue with Hakim Ziyech, whose hefty salaries turned off several teams in January.
I still believe Mudryk will flourish fast at Chelsea, and we have already seen glimpses of his brilliance, notably on his debut against Liverpool. It’s simply a matter of confidence, acclimating, and eventually receiving more minutes – but there’s no denying his skill.