£20m decision made as Enzo Maresca rejects first Chelsea transfer

£20m decision made as Enzo Maresca rejects first Chelsea transfer

Chelsea have a new manager. Enzo Maresca has been announced, and the summer can now truly begin.

The Blues are expected to once more be extremely busy in the transfer market with ins and outs likely to come throughout. With Maresca in place he will be keen to make the squad very much his own.

Although it is not yet clear just how much control the 44-year-old will have over recruitment – if any at all – it is understood that discussions have been held over the profiles he would like added in the coming months. We understand that a goalkeeper, centre-back, and midfielder are all seen as necessary.

Here, let’s take a look at what the wider media are saying about the club and just how likely any of it is to happen.

Maresca says no

Maresca does not want Chelsea to push for Victor Osimhen this summer despite it being thought that a new striker is on his list of transfer demands. Reports in Italy say that the new boss isn’t keen on the idea of Osimhen coming in despite his record for Napoli.

The Nigerian is expected to cost over £110million and could pave the way for a possible move for Romelu Lukaku back to Naples. He would be joining up with Antonio Conte again if that deal were to happen, though it is said to be unlikely at this stage that any direct swap deal is completed, even if Napoli are the favourites to land Lukaku.

Maresca is instead hoping to bring in a player who excels at linking up, dropping deep, and offering support from further back as well as in the box. Osimhen has plenty of traits but it’s written that Maresca doesn’t see this as one of them.

Hutchinson not going on loan

Despite triggering an extension in his contract, Chelsea are not willing to entertain loan offers for Omari Hutchinson this summer, Fabrizio Romano reports. The 20-year-old is a target for Ipswich, Stuttgart, and Feyenoord, but with a £20million price tag and no willingness to budge outside of a permanent deal, it remains to be seen what his future holds.

We understands that Hutchinson plans to have talks with the club when he returns from holiday, and that the appointment of a new manager – now known to be Maresca – was also expected to be important in his decision. It is now a case of him sticking with the first-team squad for the new season or being sold, it seems.

 

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