Mauricio Pochettino has group of 15 Chelsea stars who will fear for future in transfer window

Mauricio Pochettino has group of 15 Chelsea stars who will fear for future in transfer window

As the summer transfer window gets ever closer to officially opening – 38 days to be exact – Chelsea are preparing for what is expected to be another hectic period for the club.

Over the last two transfer windows, that have both been led by Todd Boehly since he bought Chelsea almost 12 months ago, have seen over £600million worth of talent arrive at Stamford Bridge in what has been a complete rebuild for the club. Now, though, with Mauricio Pochettino expected to be appointed as the new first-team head coach in the near future, it’s the club’s ambition to offload some of their so-called ‘deadwood’ – the ones who are no longer viewed as having a future in west London.

Chelsea’s new ownership group, led by Boehly and Behdad Eghbali, recently assembled together a recruitment team to try and get the club in the best possible situation on the pitch. The likes of Christopher Vivell, Joe Shields, and more, will be tasked with finding new homes for those who they want sold this summer.

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The club are now determined to avoid what they see as past mistakes under the previous ownership where they have allowed players to leave on free transfers or way under their actual market value because of their contractual status. Take last summer, for instance, where Chelsea let two quality centre-backs in Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen leave free of charge.

The Blues need to be more decisive when players are either in the final year of their contract, about to enter the last 12 months, or with two years remaining. There are a number of players, as listed below who fall into this category:

N’Golo Kante (June 30, 2023), Joao Felix (Loan deal: June 30, 2023), Thiago Silva (June 30, 2024), Cesar Azpilicueta (June 30, 2024), Ruben Loftus-Cheek (June 30, 2024), Mason Mount (June 30, 2024), Mateo Kovacic (June 30, 2024), Christian Pulisic (June 30, 2024), Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (June 30, 2024), Edouard Mendy (June 30, 2025), Kepa Arrizabalaga (June 30, 2025), Lewis Hall (June 30, 2025), Conor Gallagher (June 30, 2025), Kai Havertz (June 30, 2025), Hakim Ziyech (June 30, 2025).

What will happen to these players?

Chelsea remain confident Kante will extend his contract at the club beyond the end of the season. The France international is happy with the Blues but he and his entourage are still discussing an extension with the club. If no deal is signed before June 30, then Kante will be available on a free transfer – and the France international is not short of admirers.

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