Mauricio Pochettino agrees to Chelsea terms, plans summer transfers

Mauricio Pochettino has agreed the terms to become Chelsea’s new manager, with the contract due to be signed in the coming days.

The 51-year-old has already reached the point where he is discussing possible summer transfers, with the club looking for a striker, number 6 and goalkeeper to complete a better XI.

However, one of Pochettino’s first tasks will be to oversee the reduction of an inflated current squad. The Argentine has already made clear his admiration for energetic players such as Reece James, Ben Chilwell, Enzo Fernández, Wesley Fofana and Mason Mount.

Of those potentially signing, Declan Rice, Emiliano Martinez, Alexis Mac Allister and, of course, Harry Kane have been talked about. Pochettino will also seek talks with Romelu Lukaku, who is currently on loan at Inter Milan.

Pochettino became the heavy favorite for the job around three weeks ago, when it became clear from initial interviews that he was the best fit. Chelsea’s hierarchy have prioritized their outstanding success with developing players at Tottenham Hotspur and Southampton as they look to build the best young team in Europe. While the discussions were protracted and slower than anticipated, there was a long-standing feeling that Pochettino would eventually end up as Chelsea manager.

He will be joined by long-time managers Jesús Pérez, Miguel D’Agostino, Sebastiano Pochettino and Tony Jiménez, as well as a core already at Stamford Bridge.

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