Chelsea is ready to restructure the senior squad with numerous players put up for sale ahead of the summer transfer window with Mauricio Pochettino closing in on becoming the Blues’ next manager
Mauricio Pochettino has selected the five Chelsea stars he wants to rebuild the team around as he draws in on being hired as the club’s next manager. The Argentine has been out of a job since he departed Paris Saint-Germain following their Ligue 1 title success in the 2021/22 season.
Todd Boehly is aiming to sell several players this summer as he wants to pare down the senior squad. Frank Lampard is scheduled to remain in charge until the end of the season but sources have claimed that Pochettino might be confirmed as Graham Potter’s permanent successor as early as this week.
There are a few contract problems confronting the Blues with N’Golo Kante’s current term scheduled to expire this summer. football. London understands Mason Mount is in talks for a new deal at Stamford Bridge, but Liverpool remains seriously interested in signing the 24-year-old.
The Mirror report that the Argentine wants to keep Kante at Chelsea despite Barcelona, PSG, and Bayern Munich all being interested in signing the Frenchman on a free transfer. Pochettino is eager on emulating his rebuilds at Southampton and Tottenham by creating a defensive basis in the team before worrying about the attack.
Chelsea considers Kante as a vital player in giving the security Pochettino will need in front of the back four – especially following the Blues’ terrible 2022/23 campaign, a big amount of which the Frenchman has missed due to injury. Young defenders Benoit Badiashile and Levi Colwill are expected to be safe from being put up for sale this summer, along with full-backs Reece James and Ben Chilwell.
Colwill has excelled in bursts during his loan term with Brighton this year and Chelsea are hopeful he snubs interest from Manchester City and Liverpool this summer to remain at Stamford Bridge and become a regular first-team player. Pochettino is keen to make a change in the goalkeeper position with Edouard Mendy and Kepa Arrizabalaga failing to establish they deserve to be starting long-term for the Blues.
The former Spurs and PSG boss would also like to acquire a new central midfielder and striker to support the likes of Enzo Fernandez, Kante, Raheem Sterling, Noni Madueke, and Mykhailo Mudryk. Christopher Nkunku is likely to finalize a move to Chelsea this summer after completing a pre-contract deal with the Blues earlier this season, as Football. London reported last year.