Chelsea put summer signing up ‘for sale’ as Pochettino identifies two transfers Boehly must make

Joe Williams
Chelsea defender Kalidou Koulibaly looks annoyed

Premier League side Chelsea are ready to let Kalidou Koulibaly leave Stamford Bridge in the summer transfer window, according to reports.

The Senegal international moved to the Blues in the summer transfer window for around €40m from Serie A side Napoli, who are currently leading the race for the Scudetto in Italy.

Chelsea have deteriorated since his arrival, although he is only one of numerous changes the club have made over the last 12 months, but the Blues’ main problem is actually scoring goals and not keeping them out.

The Blues, who currently sit 11th in the Premier League after a dreadful season, are onto their third manager of the season with Frank Lampard recently taking over from Graham Potter on a temporary basis until the end of the campaign.

And now Gazzetta dello Sport claim that Chelsea see January signing Benoit Badiashile as Koulibaly’s ‘replacement’ as the latter is the ‘type of player who doesn’t marry the new company line’.

The report from Italy continues by saying that Koulibaly is ‘for sale’ and that Chelsea could be open to selling him to another Premier League club if the price is right.

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And, despite the club spending around £600m on new signings over the last couple of transfer windows, Mauricio Pochettino – who has a ‘verbal agreement’ in place with Chelsea to become their new manager in the summer – thinks the club need a new striker and a “number six”.

Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano wrote in his Caught Offside column: “I can’t predict the timing on the Mauricio Pochettino deal being finalised, this depends on Chelsea, but it’s really close now. The conversation is progressing very well and it’s at final stages, so really close.

“For targets, it’s still early to mention names but for sure Chelsea will go for new number 6, new striker and the rest will be discussed in the next weeks, including Mason Mount situation.

“There are still many rumours about Romelu Lukaku’s future. Reminder: the Belgian striker is on loan at Inter Milan until the end of the season, with no buy option, it is a straight loan deal until the end of the current campaign.

“From what I understand, Inter are still waiting to decide, they don’t know who’s going to be their coach next season, and this will be a crucial point to decide on Lukaku. They also want to know the player’s position – he wants to know who will be the new coach and if the new coach would trust him as part of their project.

“There will be talks between Chelsea and Inter at the end of May/beginning of June, so that will be the crucial moment, not now. It will also be important to see who will be Chelsea’s new coach (probably Mauricio Pochettino) and their decision on Lukaku.”