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Chelsea’s January Exodus: Pochettino’s one-in, one-out strategy as Boehly seeks to reshape a struggling squad

Chelsea faces potential departures in January as Mauricio Pochettino implements a one-in, one-out strategy.

Despite significant investments totaling £1 billion since Todd Boehly’s 2022 takeover, Chelsea languishes in tenth place with just four wins in 13 games. Injuries to key players have further strained Pochettino’s squad, prompting a desire for reinforcements in the upcoming transfer window.

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Boehly and his team are prepared to re-enter the transfer market to bolster the squad. However, the American owner aims to avoid a bloated roster and has communicated to Pochettino that new signings hinge on current players being offloaded.

According to The Telegraph, five players are now uncertain about their futures, having struggled for playing time this season.

Defender Trevoh Chalobah, plagued by recurring injuries, has yet to make an appearance. Another center-back, Malang Sarr, is also out of favor and is expected to seek a new club in the winter transfer window.

Academy product Ian Maatsen, initially praised by Pochettino, is leaning towards an exit, especially since he has not extended his contract expiring in 2025.

The restructuring might extend to Chelsea’s attack, with Pochettino reportedly eyeing a new No. 9. This puts Armando Broja’s future in doubt, as he currently trails behind Nicolas Jackson and is a target for West Ham.

Winger Noni Madueke, despite joining Chelsea at the beginning of the year, faces a potential departure, having failed to impress Pochettino and fallen down the pecking order.

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