Finally Chelsea decide the four players to sell this summer including one Todd Boehly signing

Chelsea have spent over £1 billion on transfers since Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali took over the club from Roman Abramovich in 2022, but the investments have delivered little on-field success.

Mauricio Pochettino’s side are currently 11th in the Premier League table, and look certain to miss out on qualifying for European competition for a second successive season.

Off the field, things aren’t going too smoothly either.

According to The Telegraph, speculation is growing among Chelsea’s rivals that the club need to raise around £100 million by the end of June this year in order to avoid breaching the Premier League’s Profit and Sustainability Rules.

The regulations prohibit teams from recording losses of over £105 million over a three-year period, with each financial year ending on June 30.

This financial year Chelsea have already brought in over £100m by selling Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and Ethan Ampadu.

However, they have spent over £448.5m on players – including the £115 million British record signing of Moises Caicedo – leaving them with a deficit of over £200m for this year alone.

Chelsea sources have told The Telegraph that they are under no pressure to bring in fees before the June 30 deadline, although they are reportedly looking to offload Trevoh Chalobah and Armando Broja, and could also let go of Conor Gallagher and Marc Cucurella.

The latter was one of the first signings of the Boehly era, costing Chelsea £56m.

Newcastle’s obligation to buy Lewis Hall will guarantee Chelsea £28m, while loaned-out striker Romelu Lukaku should bring in at least £30m thanks to the £37m release clause in his contract.

Failing that, Chelsea proved last year that they can bring in money quick.

The London club raised over £130 million from the sales of Kalidou Koulibaly, Edouard Mendy, Mateo Kovacic, Kai Havertz and Ruben Loftus-Cheek before June 30, 2023.

Having run through Thomas Tuchel, Graham Potter and Frank Lampard in his first year in charge of the club, Todd Boehly has now turned to Pochettino to improve things.

A year on from losing his job at Paris Saint-Germain there’s a chance that Poch has actually arrived at a club that’s even more of a madhouse, which is borderline impressive.

Despite the dreadful season they’ve put behind them, the team will still be expected to make the top four so we’ve outlined what needs to be done to get there come next May

No matter what Bohely does over the next year he needs to trust the people who he’s put in place to do their jobs and not be tempted to keep visiting the dressing room.

He especially needs to have faith in Pochettino whose time at Tottenham Hotspur proves he’s best when given the time to grow his team.

The owner got away with sacking Tuchel in favour of his own man and the position Potter left in was virtually untenable but Poch has to be given the next two years at least.

Failure to do that will just result in another reset very quickly, whilst the ‘hire ’em/fire ’em’ model worked for Roman Abramovich it doesn’t mean the new owner should be following it.

Top transfer target
Seldom does a team spend £600 million on transfers in just one year and somehow forget to sign a world class striker, but that’s exactly what Chelsea managed to do.

The only number nine they did sign was Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and that worked out as badly as everything else at Stamford Bridge in the past year.

Only Wolves, Nottingham Forest, Bournemouth, Everton and Southampton scored fewer goals in the league and Kai Havertz top scored with seven.

Christopher Nkunku looks like he’s on his way from RB Leipzig and he’s scored 36 Bundesliga goals in the past two years so that should be an improvement.

If Pochettino really wants to burn the bridges linking north and west London then he should put a cheeky bid in for Harry Kane.

Who needs to go
Arguably getting rid of players is far more important for Pochettino than who comes in, especially after some players were forced to get changed in the corridor at the club’s training ground recently.

As many as 15 players have been rumoured to be heading out the door at Stamford Bridge, including Mateo Kovacic and Mason Mount.

That might leave the Blues short of midfielders with N’Golo Kante having moved to Saudi Arabia but it’s a case of needs must if the new manager is going to bring in his own signings.

Aubameyang will obviously be leaving the Premier League for the second time in 18 months and could move back to Barcelona, for the second time in that spell.

The club’s near army of players out on loan are likely to be amongst those moved on or just let go on a temporary basis for eternity.

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