Chelsea is courting Mauricio Pochettino’s anger by listing a regular starter they completely trust on the market, according to a report.
At Stamford Bridge, the season has been utterly disappointing once again, with the team’s off-field aspirations not matching its on-field accomplishments.
Once again, the Blues made significant summertime spending waves, paying hefty sums to sign players like Axel Disasi, Moises Caicedo, Romeo Lavia, Cole Palmer, Christopher Nkunku, and Nicolas Jackson.
Palmer has stood out in particular, but Lavia and Nkunku, who have missed time due to injury, are not to blame.
The majority of Chelsea’s other acquisitions, though, have fallen short, and the team is currently 12 points off of fourth place.
Chelsea is reportedly planning to open the chequebook again next month, according to a recent report from The Evening Standard. However, a few player departures will be necessary to strengthen the coffers in order to guarantee they can afford the kind of payments necessary to attract top-tier players.
Trevoh Chalobah, Ian Maatsen, and Malang Sarr were mentioned by The Standard as players Chelsea is open to bids for.
Marc Cucurella and Armando Broja have been mentioned as being on the firing list elsewhere.
Reporter Ben Jacobs claims that Chelsea and Pochettino are engaging in risky business, as seen by the for sale sign that was placed next to Conor Gallagher.
Pochettino doesn’t want to sell; Chelsea is seeking £50 million for Gallagher.
With one exception, Chelsea’s league games this season have been started by the 23-year-old all-action midfielder. He was suspended, therefore that was the only game he missed.
This term, Gallagher has even led the team as captain eight times. Pochettino obviously believes in this guy, as evidenced by the Argentine’s own remarks about the midfielder.
Gallagher’s contract expires in the summer of 2025; when questioned recently if he should receive a contract extension, Pochettino responded (as reported by the Daily Express): “To be or not to be, that is a decision between the player and the club.”
He is a captain and almost always starts in the opening lineup. He is the kind of player the team needs, in my opinion.
His Chelsea values make him significant. He is incredibly dedicated, loves the club, and is a product of the academy.
“He runs, plays and fights, and you can see it on the pitch. He exerts every effort to succeed. The coaching staff values him highly as a player and wants him on the squad.
However, according to Jacobs, Chelsea listed Gallagher for a transfer against Pochettino’s desires.
Before the winter window, Jacobs declared that “Gallagher IS up for sale,” and the Blues have put a healthy £50 million price tag on his head.
Gallagher last summer was thought to be a cash cow for Chelsea. Newcastle, Tottenham, and Everton expressed interest, but a transfer was definitely not completed.
Gallagher has shown promise this season, but Chelsea’s position seems to be unchanging: he is free to leave if the right offer is made.