CHELSEA are facing a major eviction in the summer to trim down Mauricio Pochettino’s bloated squad.
The Argentine has inherited a team of over 30 veteran professional players, with the Blues having spent over £600million since Todd Boehly took over just over a year ago.
Following Graham Potter’s sacking, it emerged that the Chelsea training ground dressing room needed a makeover, with some veteran professionals having to change in the hallway.
The Blues’ summer sell-off got off to an ideal start, thanks in no small part to the four teams in the Saudi Pro League owned by the Public Investment Fund.
Flops Kalidou Koulibaly, Hakim Ziyech and Edouard Mendy are all close to a move to the Middle East.
While injury-plagued club hero N’Golo Kante turned down a new contract to join Al-Ittihad.
Club captain Cesar Azpilicueta has a year left on his contract at Stamford Bridge but is reportedly close to a move to Champions League finalists Inter Milan.
The Serie A giants are also believed to be considering a move from Blues Academy graduate Trevoh Chalobah.
Earlier in the month it was claimed the west Londoners were ready to snag the 23-year-old for £25million.
While Chalobah has reportedly spent some time on vacation in Milan this summer.
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Midfielder Mateo Kovacic is on the verge of a £30million move to treble winners Manchester City.
The Croatian’s departure, coupled with Kante’s departure and Jorginho’s Arsenal move in January, will see Pochettino build a new midfield around Enzo Fernandez next season.
Meanwhile, Mason Mount, two-time player of the year, is edging closer to a move to Manchester United.
At the Red Devils, three offers for the Englishman were rejected.
But Chelsea have now revealed their price, hinting they will accept a £58m upfront payment structure with a further £7m in surcharges.
The forgotten American player Christian Pulisic made just eight prem starts last season and has been linked with AC Milan.
While fans were convinced he left a big transfer hint on Instagram earlier in the month.
Attacking outsider Kai Havertz is about to make a surprise transfer to Arsenal.
The German has agreed terms ahead of a £65m move – and is set to undergo a medical.
Striker Romelu Lukaku has rejected Saudi Arabia’s interest and wants to stay at Inter Milan.
However, in what would be an amazing turn of events, reports in Italy suggest Inter’s rivals AC Milan are planning a bid for the Belgian.
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