Barcelona, alert to Chelsea summer sale possibility
The Blues have a big squad and will have to let some players go on the cheap
Chelsea FC owner Todd Boehly has spent more than 600 million euros on transfers since last summer. Now, he wants to change course and intends to sell all players on contracts of two years or less to balance the club's finances and Barça are keeping an eye on what happens.
Boehly and the Chelsea leadership need to clean up the books and according to The Telegraph, when the transfer market reopens in July, they intend to sell any player who does not have at least two years on his contract with the 'blue' team. This strategy points to a number of stars who could leave the club at the end of the season.
Kanté is one of those whose contract expires this summer but is set to sign a new three-year deal and, despite missing most of the season through injury and turning 32 this month, when the Frenchman is fit he is undisputed.
Christian Pulisic arrived at Chelsea in 2019 with high expectations, but injuries have prevented him from reaching his potential and becoming a regular. Now, it is possible that both club and player will consider parting ways during the upcoming transfer window, and the American has plenty of girlfriends across Europe.
Another player who could leave is Mount. It seemed unthinkable that he would leave, but with his unwillingness to renew, his future at the club is uncertain heading into the summer transfer window. Several clubs, including Liverpool, are said to be keeping an eye on his situation. Despite this, Mount has been important in some titles and deserves special treatment commensurate with his merits.
The most complicated case is that of Havertz. After signing for 80 million euros in 2020, the German striker reached his peak with Chelsea by scoring the winning goal in the Champions League final against Manchester City. But since then, he has failed to justify his price tag. It is certainly a good option for Boehly to bring in big money and balance the books.
Meanwhile, Kepa, like Havertz, was a huge investment for Chelsea when he arrived four and a half years ago, and after a successful first season that ended with the Europa League, his performances have plummeted despite the fact that he is now back in the starting line-up. However, his mistakes have condemned him and the Blues are seriously considering selling him now that he is still young and still has a big name.
Moreover, players like Aubameyang, Ziyech or Gallagher have the exit doors of the club wide open and the Londoners hope to make some profit this summer with their sales.