Todd Boehly makes 13 key transfer decisions ahead of huge summer window

Todd Boehly has 13 key Chelsea transfer decisions to make ahead of huge summer window

We are now well and truly into the ‘business end’ of the 2023/24 season and talk is already starting to take place about the summer transfer window.

For Chelsea, it is threatening to be another underwhelming campaign, although one that has been very transitional. There is still a chance this season could be deemed as a success, depending on what your definition of that is, if the Blues can win silverware – the FA Cup – or/and qualifying for some sort of European football, which is not completely out of the question just yet.

Either way, we are expecting a busy summer transfer window from Chelsea after an uncharacteristically quiet January with the club – as well as the other 19 Premier League sides – being more cautious because of the Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSR). With that in mind, player sales may be at the forefront of minds at Chelsea before they make a real dent in terms of incomings.

There are some players that see their contracts either expire at the end of this season or at the conclusion of the 2024/25 campaign – meaning this summer will be massive in determining their futures. Thiago Silva is one of them, with the 39-year-old defender seeing his deal expire in the summer.

Silva has not played a minute of football for Chelsea since limping off in the win against Crystal Palace over a month ago, despite being in the squad for the last two games against Brentford and Newcastle United. Mauricio Pochettino has frequently been asked about the defender’s future but the Argentine has insisted it is down to the player and the club.

After Silva admitted his time at Chelsea is “almost over” in January, Pochettino responded with: “I didn’t hear what he said after the game. We didn’t talk about the next season. Because I didn’t hear, I don’t know what I can say about that. Only he knows and the club if it’s going to be his last season or not.

“I think always we talk about the present. It’s important for him to keep fit. With his age, he’s doing fantastic. We are so happy with him. What is going to happen in the future, that’s for him.”

In terms of first-team players, Silva is the only one whose deal is a matter of immediate consideration, with his deal expiring in a few months’ time. There are, however, over 10 players – some first-team and some academy talents – that see their deals expire in the summer of 2025.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, who joined Real Madrid on a loan deal at the start of the season, has just over 12 months remaining on his contract at Stamford Bridge. The Spanish goalkeeper appears to have no future with the Blues, following the double arrival of Djordje Petrovic and Robert Sanchez last summer.

Likewise, Hakim Ziyech, on loan at Galatasaray, appears to have no future at Chelsea. The club tried to sell Ziyech last summer but his wage demands proved an obstacle in offloading him on a permanent basis. When the summer comes around, bar something miraculous happening, the Blues will be looking to sell the Morocco international once again.

Malang Sarr – very much the forgotten man at Chelsea – is completely out of the picture. The club will look to sell him and should he not be sold this summer, the Blues will have no problem either terminating his deal or seeing him leave on a free transfer when his contract expires in June 2025.

Lucas Bergstrom, 21, is another player who faces an uncertain future in west London. The Finnish goalkeeper recently joined IF Brommapojkarna on a loan deal and with just over 12 months left to run on his contract, coupled with the competition he has in his position not only in the senior squad but in the academy as well, his future looks to be in serious doubt.

Alfie Gilchrist should be a pressing matter for Chelsea. The 20-year-old has been with the Blues since signing from QPR as an Under-11 and recently broke into the first-team squad.

Gilchrist is now a regular on the Chelsea bench and often gets called upon late in matches by Pochettino, who seems to have a trust in the Kingston upon Thames-born defender. He has played 290 minutes for Chelsea in all competitions this season but sees his contract expire in June 2025.

Meanwhile, fellow academy stars Billy Gee, Dylan Williams, Michael Golding, Ollie Harrison and Tyrique George all see their deals run out in 2025. Some of these players have been included in senior squads this season for Chelsea while some have travelled with the rest of the team to games. Either way, they are all thought to be highly-rated at the club.

Omari Hutchinson, enjoying an impressive loan at Championship high-fliers Ipswich Town, will assess his situation when he returns to Cobham in the summer. As reported in mid-January, people close to the 20-year-old are extremely confident Chelsea will open talks with the winger over extending his stay at the club.

The big one that everyone is talking about is the situation of Conor Gallagher. The England international was strongly linked with a move away in the January transfer window but Chelsea did not receive any offer from elsewhere for the midfielder’s signature.

Gallagher has less than 18 months remaining on his deal but he, in an ideal world, would like to stay at Chelsea. Pochettino, too, sees the 24-year-old midfielder as a key member of the squad – and the fact he has 3,217 minutes, with only Axel Disasi and Moises Caicedo having played more, to his name this season sums the head coach’s feelings up.

He has held pre-contract talks with Chelsea over an extension to his deal but there has been nothing concrete in the way of an offer just yet. Because of the nagging PSR, Chelsea view Gallagher as someone who is expendable because whatever fee they received for the Cobham graduate would be pure profit for the club.

Pochettino, speaking at Cobham earlier in the month about the midfielder’s future, described himself as powerless when it came to a definitive decision. “It’s only between the club and Conor,” he said.

“I am the coach that needs to be in my place. I cannot say nothing.”

He added: “There is nothing to win for me. What am I going to say? As head coach, my job is to coach the team and to pick the squad for the starting XI, try to improve the players and try to win games. That is my job.

“My office is always open and we have a very good relationship and dialogue [with the owners and sporting directors]. We are open to help in the way they think or believe we can help.”

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