Chelsea’s star is reportedly “set to leave” in January, as the club begins the search for a replacement.
Another Chelsea player is rumored to be “set to leave” in the January transfer window, and the Blues are already looking for a replacement.
Chelsea players leaving in 2024 Stamford Bridge transfer chiefs Todd Boehly, Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley have already overseen a major clearout this year, with Kalidou Koulibaly, N’Golo Kante, Edouard Mendy, Kepa Arrizabalaga, Mateo Kovacic, Mason Mount, Kai Havertz, Christian Pulisic, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Cesar Azpilicueta, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Ethan Ampadu and Callum Hudson-Odoi coming as the Chelsea players sold or loaned out in 2023.
These departures earned approximately £230 million in all and aided in balancing the books following a summer of serial expenditure. Chelsea, on the other hand, want to recruit a striker and are planning further signings for manager Mauricio Pochettino next year, which means that more of the Argentine’s squad could be forced away. According to recent sources, there are already a few applicants.
Thiago Silva, a veteran defender, might leave Chelsea when his contract expires next summer, as could left-back Marc Cucurella. According to Fabrizio Romano, a reliable transfer journalist, Trevoh Chalobah is “90%” certain to leave Chelsea as well.
Left-back Another name discussed was Ian Maatsen, whose current contract expires in 2025, but those links faded when Chelsea exercised their option to extend his contract by another year. However, it appears that rumors about the Dutchman’s exit have revived this week.
Ian Maatsen is “set to leave” in January.
Maatsen has been used by Pochettino on occasion this season after spending the 2022/2023 season on loan at Burnley, when he was instrumental in their promotion to the Premier League. While his limitations have been relatively limited, the left-back has made six league appearances, with Chelsea’s manager praising Maatsen for his intellect.
“I am so happy with him,” Pochettino remarked at a press conference recently.
“He is a versatile player who can play in a variety of positions.” He’s good, he understands the game, and he’s a smart player. Yes, he is in my plans thus far. As I already stated, I am very impressed with him because of his attitude, commitment, and grasp of the game.”
Regardless, TEAMtalk believes that his future is distant from west London. According to their sources, Maatsen is “set to leave” Chelsea during the winter transfer window. Burnley, Liverpool, and Manchester City are among the clubs interested in the versatile 21-year-old, with Boehly and co. already looking for a replacement in January. Indeed, Inter Milan winger Federico Dimarco and Boca Juniors starlet Valentin Barco are thought to be leading a two-man shortlist to succeed Maatsen.
Because he is in the final year of his current contract with Boca Juniours, he can sign a pre-contract in two months. As a result, Chelsea are expected to approach him about a transfer soon, while Dimarco is an appealing possibility considering his form for the Nerazzurri. In Serie A, the Italian has even scored and provided three assists.