Chelsea have splashed the cash over the past 18 months, and their spending spree is showing no signs of slowing at the end of the season. Mauricio Pochettino has made it no secret that he feels his squad needs reinforcements, saying earlier this week: “I don’t want to be the coach that picks the youngest team in England. We are a young team, but we have a good balance. We have players like Thiago Silva, 39, Raheem Sterling, [Christopher] Nkunku, 26, or [Axel] Disasi. At the moment, maybe [the balance] it’s not so good. If not, we could be in another position. It’s obvious.” With Pochettino calling for more experience, Express Sport takes a look at five stars the Argentine could push for at the end of the season…
Ivan Toney (Brentford)
Chelsea are crying out for a natural striker, though they do not appear to be in a position to take a pricey punt on Victor Osimhen. Instead, Toney is a safer option for the Blues and signing him would provide the Blues with a guaranteed goal scorer who knows the Premier League like the back of his hand. Although a significant investment will be required to sign the England international, Toney could be the experienced option that Pochettino needs up top.
Marquinhos (Paris Saint-Germain)
With Thiago Silva expected to depart at the end of the season, Chelsea could look to sign his successor at PSG: Marquinhos. Pochettino worked with the Brazilian at the Ligue 1 outfit and will know that the 29-year-old has the experience and leadership qualities to slot into his defence and thrive.
Kaoru Mitoma (Brighton)
Chelsea still appear to lack star quality in the final third and signing one of the most threatening wingers in the Premier League, Mitoma, would be a true sign of intent. The Brighton star is capable of creating chances out of nothing with his blistering pace and quick feet, and Pochettino may view the Japan international as the ideal acquisition on the left wing.
Douglas Luiz (Aston Villa)
Pochettino hinted that he felt Chelsea needed a top-quality set-piece taker recently, and they could kill two birds with one stone by solving their midfield woes as well. Aston Villa star Luiz has been in flying form so far this season and signing the Brazilian international could provide Moises Caicedo with the ideal midfield partner, which would also allow Enzo Fernandez to play in a more attacking role. Luiz is Villa’s go-to set-piece taker, with his six goals and four assists highlighting that he is capable of delivering some top-quality crosses from out wide.