He’d be the perfect signing: Pochettino speaks on £120m transfer target

He’d be the perfect signing as Pochettino finally answers £120m transfer question

Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino seemingly has the next seven days to make a decision on bringing a new striker to Stamford Bridge. A fresh injury to Christopher Nkunku, just a few weeks after his debut for the Blues, has come at the worst possible time with Nicolas Jackson also away from Stamford Bridge throughout January due to AFCON participation with Senegal.

Pochettino has since given conflicting updates on the France international with his comments prior to the Fulham game worrying about an imminent return. However, following the win against the Cottagers, he revealed a return could come very soon.

Regardless of Nkunku’s availability, Chelsea signing a striker in 2024 is on the cards with Ivan Toney and Victor Osimhen as two of the favoured options. Brighton’s Evan Ferguson is another name of interest to those in west London, despite his reportedly mammoth £120million price tag following on from his new contract on the south coast.

With a new acquisition expected to arrive in the forward department, Chelsea have actually sanctioned a departure for a striker on their books, however it is one that makes complete sense and could be perfect for the future of the club.

Here, football.london takes a look at the latest Chelsea transfer rumours:

Ferguson transfer response

Pochettino gave absolutely nothing away when asked about Evan Ferguson as a transfer option for Chelsea on Saturday afternoon. “You know very well I don’t talk about rumours or players that are in a different club,” Pochettino said when asked directly about Ferguson. “We are assessing the squad and if something happens we will communicate that to you.

“I never said we need a centre-forward. I didn’t say yesterday that we need. I said we are working like other clubs. Trying to assess and see the situations that can appear. I never said we need to add another player.”

football.london says “Ferguson certainly has a bright future in the game but a transfer to Chelsea seems unlikely. Brighton’s tough stance on selling their star players has already been bypassed by the Blues twice but this time round, signing Ferguson would be virtually impossible.

“The triple-figure price tag is an obvious concern for Chelsea and with Osimhen and Toney also available at similar prices, it would not be the smart move given his lack of senior experience. Interest from other Premier League rivals could also incite a bidding war and that is unlikely to be what Chelsea want.

“Therefore, a January move or summer switch happening for the 19-year-old is seemingly out of the equation, even for Chelsea.”

Fofana loan to Burnley

Chelsea’s first January signing of last season’s winter window was David Datro Fofana from Molde. Some senior minutes have come the way of the 21-year-old but a loan move was always considered to be the short-term aim. Fofana joined Union Berlin at the start of the 2023/24 season before he was recalled this month.

On Saturday, he was then announced as Burnley’s latest signing with Vincent Kompany hopeful of getting the best out of him during the next six months.

football.london says: “Depth in attack is not something Chelsea currently have but allowing Fofana to go back out on loan is absolutely the right decision. Regular football for young players is crucial, and getting that in the Premier League is the dream outcome for Chelsea.

“In his few appearances at Stamford Bridge, Fofana looked raw but the hope will certainly be he can improve his game at the level Chelsea will want him to be at. Gaining Premier League experience will be a huge step in his career and obtaining that at Turf Moor, where he is likely to get significant minutes given the Clarets’ striker dilemmas, is a massive plus.”

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