Chelsea are set for a summer overhaul of their squad and seven of the players who will be allowed to leave have been revealed, according to reports.
After a disappointing campaign, currently 12th in the Premier League, it’s set to be a huge summer for Chelsea and expected incoming head coach Mauricio Pochettino as they look to trim a bloated 31-man squad.
Arrivals are expected at Stamford Bridge but departures are firmly on the agenda for Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital to ensure they balance the books and meet Financial Fair Play regulations.
A goalkeeper, a midfielder and a striker are all wanted by Chelsea, however final plans won’t be confirmed until the next head coach, which is expected to be Pochettino, is confirmed.
As incomings arrive, many stars are already being courted by interested suitors, including Conor Gallagher and Mason Mount.
Nizaar Kinsella of the Evening Standard has now reported seven of the players who are up for sale and available to buy.
Chelsea’s owners are ready to let Ruben Loftus-Cheek depart his boyhood club. The 27-year-old is reluctant to depart despite having just over one year left of his current deal, with AC Milan hoping to be able to convince him to move to Italy.
However, a stumbling block is the midfielder’s £150,000-a-week wages and he will likely be forced to take a pay cut wherever he goes next should he leave west London this summer.
Six other players: Edouard Mendy, Kalidou Koulibaly, Mateo Kovacic, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Christian Pulisic and Hakim Ziyech will also all be allowed to leave.
Chelsea are hoping to avoid a repeat of the 2022/23 season next term. After a £600 million spend proved detrimental to the club, Boehly is adamant they will learn from their mistakes and eventually get it right.
“The fans are demanding and they want to win,” Boehly admitted at the Milken Institute Global Conference on the fans’ frustrations following a difficult year. “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.
“We’ve got the best league in the world, we’ve got what I think is the top city in the world, and we’ve got an unbelievable location in the top city in the world.”
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