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Chelsea’s three summer transfer priorities revealed as Mauricio Pochettino’s involvement outlined



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Chelsea’s plans for the summer transfer window have started to surface, however it will hinge on the opinion of expected new head coach Mauricio Pochettino.

It’s set to be a busy summer at Stamford Bridge as they look to trim their bloated 31-man squad which will be added to once Malo Gusto, Christopher Nkunku and Andrey Santos all link up with the Chelsea side for pre-season.

Plans are already underway for next season as they look to quickly remove the disastrous 2022/23 campaign from their memory. A managerial appointment is expected soon, with Pochettino expected to be appointed as the club’s next permanent head coach.

Chelsea need to raise funds to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations and a mass overhaul is reported to be on the cards in west London. Those futures will be down to the club and Pochettino, who will be tasked with deciding who he wants to keep and who he is happy to let depart.

Despite a huge squad and needing to trim it, Chelsea are still looking to add further names to the team for next season.

As reported by Nizaar Kinsella of the Evening Standard, Chelsea’s three transfer priorities for the summer window have now been revealed.

A goalkeeper, a midfielder, and a striker have been identified by the Blues as areas they need to strengthen in.

Chelsea admire Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, who is valued at over £100 million, but he is reportedly unlikely to join due to the Blues not qualifying for a European competition next season.

Goalkeepers Andre Onana (Inter Milan), Gregor Kobel (Borussia Dortmund) and David Raya of Brentford have all emerged as potential options for Chelsea as they look to find a long-term number one amid the uncertain futures of Kepa Arrizabalaga and Edouard Mendy.

But it is stressed that any current transfer plans could change once Pochettino is appointed should the 51-year-old have other ideas regarding the summer’s recruitment.

Co-owner Todd Boehly, speaking at the Milken Institute Global Conference on Wednesday, vowed to ensure they are going to correct their mistakes to ensure Chelsea get back to their usual winning ways.

“The fans are demanding and they want to win. We get that, we want to win. Our view though is that this is a long term project, and we’re committed to the long term, and we very much believe that we’re going to figure it out.”