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Chelsea discover Ivan Toney stance as Enzo Maresca sent 'really sad' transfer message

Ivan Toney of Brentford celebrates scoring
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Enzo Maresca will be looking to put his stamp on the Chelsea squad in the coming weeks after officially being named head coach of the club.

The Blues will be looking to deliver a major improvement on their previous two campaigns, which has seen the club miss out on Champions League football on both occasions.

Restoring a sense of stability will be a key task for Maresca, who guided Leicester City to the Championship title in his only season in charge of the Foxes.

Players may have to be moved on before the Italian is able to buy, however, due to Chelsea's Profit and Sustainability concerns and some big names could be on their way out: none more so than Conor Gallagher.

We have rounded up the latest news relating to the Blues, below.

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Toney stance

Brentford striker Ivan Toney reportedly wants to move to Chelsea this summer as he weighs up his next club. The England international is expected to leave his current employers in the coming weeks, having come close to leaving the Bees back in January.

Football Insider have stated Toney is "interested" in signing for Chelsea, enabling the Blues to "jump the queue" of clubs also eyeing the former Peterborough United striker. The above report adds Chelsea view the 28-year-old as "attainable" due to his reduced price tag, which relates to him only having one year left on his contract.

football.london says: Toney is exactly the type of striker Chelsea should be looking to bring to Stamford Bridge due to his killer instinct within the final third and Premier League experience. It would represent an upgrade on Nicolas Jackson, who could still be utilised when required, without paying an astronomical figure.

Conor Gallagher message

Former Newcastle United manager Alan Pardew has described Chelsea's possible sale of Conor Gallagher as "really sad".

The Blues could be forced to cash in on the midfielder this summer due to fears of not complying with Profit and Sustainability rules, which many other clubs are also battling with.

One way around this issue is to sell homegrown players, who count as pure profit on the balance sheet, ensuring the likes of Gallagher and Trevoh Chalobah are being tipped for exits.

Weighing in on the prospect of Gallagher being moved on for this reason, Pardew told talkSPORT: "The team, to some degree, started to settle, didn’t it? It started to form a little bit

“The worry is that Chelsea might be at their limit, in terms of Financial Fair Play again. Gallagher might have to go. Most Chelsea fans, when I have been to Chelsea, love him. He has been so important to Chelsea, his energy and getting around the pitch.

“Do you know what’s really sad about that Financial Fair Play thing, right? It's that a homegrown player is vulnerable. They are all value. If they are worth £60 million, it’s all profit. This has become a massive problem for Chelsea.”

football.london says: It is safe to say that Chelsea supporters would be disappointed to see Conor Gallagher depart Stamford Bridge this summer. However, his departure could play a role in helping the club land one of their targets. This is a situation that is set to leave fans with mixed feelings.