The first seven players who will be allowed to leave Chelsea this summer as part of a planned overhaul have now been revealed.
Incoming boss Mauricio Pochettino, who is set to sign a three-year deal at Chelsea, will oversee a busy summer transfer window as the Blues look to trim the squad ahead of their pre-season tour of the United States in preparation for the 2023/24 campaign.
A goalkeeper, a midfielder and a striker have been targeted by Chelsea, with Pochettino aiming to trim down the bloated 30-plus man squad to around 24 or 25 players.
Many futures need resolving also this summer. Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic are out of contract this summer, while, as it stands, N’Golo Kante will leave on a free transfer if they are unable to agree a new contract.
Pochettino is already planning for plenty of departures. As reported by Nizaar Kinsella of the Evening Standard, seven players are set to be given the green light to leave Chelsea this summer.
Hakim Ziyech, who was close to joining PSG on loan in January, Christian Pulisic and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang are among the list.
Mateo Kovacic, who is out of contract next summer and attracting interest from Manchester City and Bayern Munich, will be allowed to leave, while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is in talks with AC Milan ahead of a possible departure.
Edouard Mendy is of interest to Spurs and after falling out of favour and failing to negotiate a new contract, he is heading for the Stamford Bridge exit doors.
Callum Hudson-Odoi has been out on loan at Bayer Leverkusen and will return this summer, however he is also set to be given the clearance to find a new club.
Chelsea have three games remaining this season and caretaker boss Frank Lampard has told the squad they are playing for their futures at the club.
Ahead of facing Manchester City, the 44-year-old Sky Sports: “If you want to stay at Chelsea and you want to impress the new manager, show it in these next three games because for sure, he will be watching.”
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