Kovacic, Mount, Gallagher: Boehly-Clearlake make key contract decision over Chelsea futures
Chelsea’s owners, Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital, have made key decisions over the futures of Mason Mount, Conor Gallagher and Mateo Kovacic, according to reports.
Gallagher was subject of interest during both the summer and winter transfer windows, with Everton the latest team to have been linked with the midfielder.
It was believed that the Toffees submitted a £45 million bid for the England international but that Gallagher wasn’t keen on a move to the relegation battling side.
Instead, the Blues opted to sell Jorginho to London rivals and league leaders Arsenal in the January transfer window before bringing in Enzo Fernandez on Deadline Day.
The 22-year-old is tied down to a deal which will see him remain at Stamford Bridge until 2025 but could be sold in the future.
Mount, on the other hand, sees his contract expire in 2024 and talks appear to have stalled as his future.
Kovacic also sees his Chelsea deal run out next year, with the Blues now reportedly having made a decision over the trio’s contracts.
As reported by The Athletic, Chelsea have made Mount’s extension a priority.
Furthermore, Mount and Gallagher are seen as more attractive long-term investments than Kovacic, who turns 29 in May before his deal expires.
If the Croatian is to seal a new deal at Stamford Bridge, it is believe that he will need to fit within Chelsea‘s structure.
The owners are likely to sell players who run down their contracts rather than allow them to reach free agency, the report continues.
Therefore, Mount and Gallagher are more likely to have their deals extended than the likes of Kovacic.
While Gallagher has a year longer on his contract than Mount, it may be easier to reach an agreement with the former Crystal Palace loanee, who has made it clear that he wishes to remain at the club despite interest elsewhere.
It remains to be seen as to what Chelsea do about their midfield options, with N’Golo Kante also out of contract at the end of the current campaign.