Chelsea sporting directors outline four-step summer transfer plan as Pochettino future assessed

Chelsea sporting director Paul WInstanley looks o during the Premier League match between Chelsea FC and Newcastle United at Stamford Bridge on March 11, 2024
Chelsea sporting director Paul WInstanley -Credit:Photo by Chris Brunskill/Fantasista/Getty Images

It has been revealed what positions Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart will target in the upcoming transfer window. Chelsea have been heavily linked with numerous big names this season as Mauricio Pochettino hopes to further bolster his squad.

Since Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali took the reins at Stamford Bridge, the Blues have forked out hundreds of millions on signing some of the most exciting young players in the world. In their first window after buying the west London club, Chelsea signed Eddie Beach, Omari Hutchinson, Cesare Casadei, Zak Sturge, Carney Chukwuemeka and Gabriel Slonina.

Then, in January, they signed Andrey Santos, Malo Gusto and Jimmy-Jay Morgan. Six months or so later seven more teenagers penned deals at Cobham training ground; Romeo Lavia, Angelo Gabriel, Lesley Ugochukwu, Deivid Washington, Diego Moreira, Alex Matos, Dujuan Richards and Ishe Samuels-Smith.

Not to mention the arrivals of Mykhailo Mudryk, Enzo Fernandez, Moises Caicedo and Cole Palmer, among other youngsters like Kendry Paez too. After investing so many resources in young players, it remains to be seen whether to Chelsea will persist with their under-25 recruitment policy.

But one thing for sure is that the Blues want to strengthen this summer. According to The Telegraph, Winstanley and Stewart will look to bring a forward, left-back and central defender to Stamford Bridge this summer.

The report states that the Chelsea co-sporting directors may also consider signing a new goalkeeper despite Djordje Petrovic's impressive performances lately. The 24-year-old shot-stopper has featured 21 times in the Premier League this term, keeping five clean sheets.

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While Petrovic has conceded more goals than he would have liked, he's brought stability to the Blues' backline in the absence of Robert Sanchez. Whether Chelsea sign a new goalkeeper or not, Pochettino may want Winstanley and Stewart to be more aggressive this summer after a quiet January.

Speaking to reporters in December, the Argentine called for new signings to bolster his squad. Despite his pleas, the west Londoners didn't spend a penny.

"That is the thing to analyse with the sporting directors, to see if we can change this dynamic and improve in the second half of the season," said Pochettino. "We need to be more aggressive.

"Then it's a massive assessment and when the transfer window opens, we will see what we can do. I don't say if I am going to ask for more or less players. It's to see if the perception matches the reality. We are missing something. We need to improve our reality."