Chelsea Transfer Round-Up: Blues plot shock move for Premier League manager, Courtois to Spain and more - May 15, 2018
Chelsea have been busy following the conclusion of a disastrous 2017/18 Premier League campaign. The West Londoners have been linked with players and managers from abroad as the process towards rebuilding the club has begun.
The Blues have been linked with some unlikely names, which will definitely surprise yet excite the Chelsea fans as well. But only time will tell if the Board is serious in the pursuit of their targets as they would like to avoid repeating the mistakes that happened last season in the upcoming transfer window.
On that note, here is a look at some of the top transfer stories of the day concerning Chelsea:
Chelsea in the running for Pochettino
According to the reports of The Sun, Tottenham Hotspur boss Mauricio Pochettino's name has emerged out of nowhere as the successor to current Chelsea manager Antonio Conte.
Conte's time is coming up in London, as replacements are already being eyed for the Italian. However, Pochettino's situation in North London is not very different to that of Conte over the past year, as the Argentinian is demanding a huge kitty for the transfer window in his bid to make Spurs genuine title contenders.
Napoli boss Maurizio Sarri looked to be the front-runner in landing the job at Stamford Bridge but Pochettino himself cast doubts over his future in North London next season following a 5-4 win over Leicester City on Sunday.
Pochettino still has three years left on his contract at Tottenham and the club would refuse to entertain any offers for their current manager in order to prevent him from joining their London rivals.
Courtois linked with a return to Madrid
Chelsea shot-stopper Thibaut Courtois' future in the capital looks very uncertain. The Belgian has only one year left on his contract with a new and improved deal yet to be offered by the Board.
This has led to Courtois's once again being linked with a move to Real Madrid in the summer, as per the reports of The Mirror. The Spanish giants have been eyeing several replacements for Keylor Navas over the last three years but now they will look to take advantage of the situation surrounding Chelsea.
There have been no indications of a new contract being offered by the Chelsea hierarchy thus far which may resign them to losing Thibaut Courtois on a cut-price deal for their number one and similarly, they will have to go searching in the market if no successors have been lined up to the current Chelsea number one.
Newcastle interested in Chelsea duo
Chelsea youngsters Kenedy and Tammy Abraham could be headed back for another loan spell next season. The duo has been linked with a move to Newcastle United, as per the reports of Team Talk.
Kenedy is familiar with Newcastle, as he enjoyed a successful loan spell in the Northeast in the second half of the season, scoring two goals and grabbing two assists respectively in the Premier League.
Meanwhile, Tammy Abraham spent the season at Swansea City, where he scored five goals and three assists but ultimately suffered relegation with the Welsh club on the final day. Newcastle is keen on bringing back the Brazilian Kenedy and would welcome landing Abraham too since they missed out on him last year.
With new arrivals expected at Stamford Bridge in the summer, Kenedy and Tammy Abraham would end up being frozen out of the first team limiting their opportunities and it would be in the best interest of both players to gain opportunities and playing time elsewhere.