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Enzo Maresca could be dealt double Chelsea transfer blow that he has little say over

Chelsea head coach Enzo Maresca
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Plenty has been said about Mauricio Pochettino and his departure from Chelsea a fortnight ago. The Argentine departed the club by mutual consent after an end-of-season review with senior officials from Stamford Bridge.

Behdad Eghbali, Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart sat down with Pochettino following Chelsea's final day win over Bournemouth to discuss the season and the direction the club want to go in. It is clear from the outcome that the two parties did not see eye-to-eye on everything and Pochettino's departure was confirmed despite leading his team to five successive victories to wrap up what turned out to be his only season at the club.

Pochettino's head coach role meant he had limited say in what happened on the transfer front. Chelsea employed Winstanley and Stewart, the club's two co-sporting directors, shortly after Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital bought the west Londoners in 2022.

The duo are effectively in charge of incomings and outgoings at Stamford Bridge, while Joe Shields works more on the scouting side of things. Winstanley and Stewart have been strongly criticised for what they have done at Chelsea thus far and will be judged once again for what they do this summer.

Enzo Maresca has recently been appointed Chelsea's new head coach, signing a five-year contract to replace Pochettino in the dugout. After a thorough process and some careful consideration, Chelsea decided to go all in on the Italian, who was the club's first-choice, football.london understands.

While Maresca has outlined his vision and ideology to the Chelsea hierarchy already, he is expected to have little say in terms of transfer business at the club - just like Pochettino. The Blues are keen to get business done as early as possible this summer, so Maresca knows the players he will take into the new Premier League season in August.

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Two players that could be on their way out of Stamford Bridge before the new campaign is upon us are Conor Gallagher and Trevoh Chalobah. Despite both impressing last season, Chelsea are willing to listen to offers for the Cobham graduates as they look to raise funds this summer.

Both Gallagher and Chalobah came through the club's academy system, meaning any sale will account for pure profit under the Premier League's Profitability and Sustainability Rules (PSR). Neither will be short of suitors with several Premier League clubs already expressing their interest in one or the other.

Gallagher is liked by Tottenham, and Aston Villa have recently contacted his representatives, too, football.london has been told. The England international, who is expected to fly to Germany later this month with the rest of the Three Lions' squad for the upcoming European Championship, is about to enter the final 12 months of his deal in SW6.

Chelsea are yet to officially open talks with Gallagher over an extension to his contract, putting his future in major doubt. The 24-year-old, though, distanced himself from any speculation over his future following England's 3-0 win over Bosnia and Herzegovina in a friendly on Monday night.

Speaking to Sky Sports, Gallagher was asked about Maresca's arrival at Stamford Bridge: "Really exciting. I've heard really good things and I've seen really good things.

"Myself and everyone at Chelsea are really happy and excited to work with him. We want to get Chelsea back to where they belong so with the new manager we can progress to get where we belong."

Chalobah, meanwhile, still has four years remaining on his contract with the club. The 24-year-old defender produced some superb form at the back-end of last season when he recovered from an injury that kept him on the sidelines for the majority of the 2023/24 campaign.

He came close to moving to Bayern Munich last summer, but the deal fell through at the last minute. Chalobah has been linked with a move away ever since the failed transfer and it is set to be another summer full of speculation with Manchester United said to be interested in his signature.

Elsewhere, Omari Hutchinson's future at Chelsea is in doubt. The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Ipswich Town, where his 10 goals and six assists helped the Tractor Boys gain promotion back to the top-flight for the first time in 22 years.

Ipswich, who have recently given in-demand manager Kieran McKenna a new long-term contract, are keen to sign Hutchinson on a permanent basis this summer. The East Anglian club are preparing a £20million offer for the Jamaica international, football.london understands, but he also has interest from VfB Stuttgart, Ajax and Feyenoord.