Pochettino lacks ultimate authority over Chelsea transfers; What happened
Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino will have no final say on transfers, it has been revealed.
It’s been reported Blues sporting chiefs Laurence Stewart and Paul Winstanley will have final veto.
Reporter David Ornstein reported for The Athletic: “Lautaro Martinez, Benjamin Sesko, Evan Ferguson and Victor Boniface are mentioned to me a lot by people who work in recruitment.
“The demand continues to outstrip the supply. It’s not absolutely guaranteed that clubs such as Chelsea end up signing a pure No 9… Maybe they instead go for a more flexible forward who can contribute goals.
“Chelsea also have Christopher Nkunku coming back, although they will probably lose Nicolas Jackson to the AFCON.
“Their recruitment will be led by co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart, with support from the owners.
“My understanding is that Mauricio Pochettino will have an input but that’s about it; no veto, increased power or anything like that.
“Chelsea want him to focus on coaching the team and despite some of their results so far this season, I think he’s showing promising signs and will do a really good job.
“There is a very good chance they will recruit somebody in attack this January and if it’s going to be a No9 the idea would be for it to be an elite one, because they already have Jackson and Armando Broja who will continue to develop.
“It’s clear they need more potency up front if they are to start scoring more goals, so you can understand why they’re looking to the market.”