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Real Madrid deal Mauricio Pochettino blow as Chelsea rebuild faces fresh problem

Mauricio Pochettino has a big summer ahead of him at Chelsea @OLI SCARFF/AFP via Getty

Mauricio Pochettino is planning to sell several of Chelsea’s current players as he attempts to reduce the size of his squad for the upcoming 2023/24 Premier League season.

Mauricio Pochettino’s initial challenge at Chelsea may involve retaining one of the club’s star players, Kai Havertz, who has garnered interest from Real Madrid CF.

Although Pochettino has not yet begun his tenure at Stamford Bridge, he has already started trimming his bloated squad, with reports suggesting that Mason Mount has agreed to terms with Manchester United. Mateo Kovacic is also likely to leave, with the club in talks with Manchester City for a potential deal.

Joao Felix is set to return to Atletico Madrid, while Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Hakim Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Edouard Mendy, and Callum Hudson-Odoi are also expected to depart. As a result, the former Tottenham and PSG manager will undoubtedly be looking for attacking options this summer, following a lackluster season in front of goal from his new team.

Kai Havertz was often used as a makeshift striker by Graham Potter and interim manager Frank Lampard, but the experiment ultimately failed to yield results. The club scored just 38 goals and finished 12th, their worst showing in the top flight since 1993/94.

Kai Havertz’s amazing goal for Chelsea FC in the 2020/21 Champions League Final has solidified his place as a pivotal figure at Stamford Bridge. But Spanish giants Real Madrid now have their sights set on the 23-year-old playmaker, with Karim Benzema‘s £345 million move to Saudi champions Al-Ittihad giving potential for Los Blancos to launch a swoop.

Recent reports from Goal suggest that Havertz is eyed as a part of Real’s long-term plan, though his hefty transfer fee due to two years left on his current Chelsea contract could throw a spanner in the works. The final word may rest with new Blues boss Mauricio Pochettino, who appears to be taking a hard-lined stance on the squad’s rebuilding.

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