Seven Chelsea players are set to receive the green light to leave Stamford Bridge this summer when Mauricio Pochettino arrives, according to reports.
The Argentine coach is now close to being unveiled as the Blues’ next manager and one of his first tasks when he touches down in London will be to generate some cash through player sales.
Chelsea have the most inflated squad in the Premier League to date and Todd Boehly will be relishing the opportunity to recoup some funds through offloading those that aren’t deemed fit for Pochettino’s project.
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According to The Evening Standard, some players are already being lined up for exits & current transfer market valuations suggest they could raise Chelsea up to £136m.
Aubameyang is the first Chelsea star likely to make way as he will be deemed surplus to requirements at the end of the season after just one year with the Blues. He is valued at just £6m.
Barcelona are said to be interested in the Gabon international, who was never keen on leaving the Catalan giants in the first place.
Mateo Kovacic is also heading for the exit door as Chelsea have failed to agree a new deal with the Croatian, who has just over 12 months left on his current deal.
Kovacic – tracked by Manchester United, Manchester City & Bayern – could generate big cash as he is valued at £34.7m while Pulisic could recoup Chelsea £27.7m this summer.
The former Dortmund star has endured another rough season on a personal level having found the net only once in 21 Premier League games.
Hakim Ziyech is also heading for the exit door after almost joining Paris Saint-Germain on loan in January and the Moroccan is estimated to net Chelsea £15.6m.
Edouard Mendy is another player heading for the exit door with Tottenham rumoured to be interested in his services.
Callum Hudson-Odoi’s value has dropped since his disappointing loan spell in Germany with Bayer Leverkusen where he plays under Xabi Alonso.
The 22-year-old has failed to score in 14 Bundesliga games and has only netted once in all competitions this campaign as he prepares to return to Chelsea.
It’s reported he is only worth £14.7m while Ruben Loftus-Cheek is said to be worth up to £21.7m.