Mauricio Pochettino and Thiago Silva were spotted at Chelsea training. Despite reaching the League Cup final and set to face Liverpool, Chelsea still has a lot of work to do to become title contenders again. They suffered a 4-1 defeat at Anfield, leaving them in 10th place in the Premier League.
Silva, who will turn 40 in September, is out of contract this summer and Chelsea seems willing to let go of his experience to reduce the wage bill, with no talks of a potential extension reported. Additionally, four homegrown players are expected to be sold, which would benefit Chelsea’s Financial Fair Play standing. Conor Gallagher, Ian Maatsen, Armando Broja, and Trevoh Chalobah find their futures uncertain despite the recent transfer window.
Gallagher was linked with a move to Tottenham in January but with less than 18 months on his contract, Chelsea might have to sell him next summer or risk losing him for free in 2025. Maatsen has a buyout clause in his new contract and moved to Borussia Dortmund on loan with the option for a permanent move in June. Broja joined Fulham on loan and is not expected to stay at Chelsea next season.
Chalobah’s chances of a January move were hindered by fitness issues. The club must sell players to pursue their main targets, like Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, who has a £103m release clause in his contract.