Chelsea are set to sell 3 first team players in the January transfer window as Mauricio Pochettino calls to the board to “improve” his squad.
The Blues slipped into 12th position in the Premier League following their 2-0 defeat to Everton at Goodison Park, the same place they finished up at the end of last year’s campaign – their worst ever Premier League performance.
It was also the first season since 1995 that they ended a Premier League campaign with a negative goal difference.
Although they splashed out £400 million in the Summer, they have so far only managed to win just 5 of their first 16 matches in the top flight this season.
Following their recent 2-0 defeat away at Goodison Park, Pochettino called on Chelsea’s board to “improve” his squad in the next transfer window.
According to reports, the Argentine manager’s top priority is bringing in a new centre forward – with names such as Ivan Toney & Victor Osimhen recently being thrown into the mix as potential targets.
However, as Everton found out the hard way earlier this season, Chelsea will have to be particularly careful of reaching Financial Fair Play (FFP) rules if they are indeed to bring a big name striker to Stamford Bridge.
This means that the club will have to offload some of their current talent in order to make money, and room, for a new arrival. According to a report from ESPN, the Blues already have 3 names ready to axe come the next transfer window in January.
According to the report, Ian Maatsen, Noni Madueke, and Trevoh Chalobah are all set to be placed on the Chelsea firing line come January the 1st, with other names expected to join them.
Madueke only arrived at Stamford Bridge in January this year – coming from PSV for £28.5 million, but has struggled to find any form in the Premier League, scoring just twice in 20 matches for the club.
He has not been a part of Pochettino’s starting team since their 2-0 defeat to Bournemouth back in October.
Maatsen being put up for sale by Chelsea may not come as much of a surprise to fans, with the Dutch left-back having already been tipped to depart the club for his former side Burnley in the summer.
That deal did not go through, however it is reported that Borussia Dortmund are currently monitoring Maatsen’s situation and may be willing to make a move for him come January.
The departure of Trevor Chalobah may be another that comes with little surprise to fans at Chelsea – with the centre back having made 0 appearances so far this season due to a thigh injury.
Bayern Munich and Crystal Palace have both been reported to have interest in signing the Englishman, and will only have a coupe of weeks to wait according to reports!
Regardless of anything else, the upcoming transfer window will be an important one for Chelsea, with Pochettino’s call for the board to “improve” his squad saying everything about their current situation.
Chelsea return to action tomorrow when they face off with Sheffield United at home in the Premier League at 15:00!
Football Post will keep you updated as we hear more!