Mauricio Pochettino clears air over choice of striker to lead Chelsea attack

May 14th, 2023 by Olasunkanmi Ibikunle

Chelsea have agreed terms with Mauricio Pochettino to become the club’s new coach, according to reports, and while a contract is yet to be signed, transfer options for this summer are already being discussed.

According to the Daily Mail, the Blues will sign a striker, midfielder and goalkeeper, while also offloading players to balance the books.

Internazionale’s Lautaro Martinez is seen as the most likely striker signing, with any move for Napoli’s high-priced ace Victor Osimhen likely to prove problematic, as Chelsea have already privately committed to signing Christopher Nkunku from RB Leipzig for £63 million.

Looking at the midfield, Chelsea still want West Ham United captain Declan Rice but will face competition from Arsenal, while they have joined Liverpool in looking at Brighton & Hove Albion’s Alexis Mac Allister. Another Argentine World Cup winner, Aston Villa goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez, is also an option.

There has been plenty of talk surrounding Mason Mount’s Chelsea future with his contract ending in 2024, and Pochettino will aim to convince the midfielder to stay, while he also will speak to Romelu Lukaku, who is on loan at Inter, to ascertain whether the striker can be part of Chelsea’s team next term.

Pochettino will bring assistant Jesus Perez and his usual coaching team to Stamford Bridge but will not officially start in his new role until the end of the season.

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