Pochettino to Stick With Kepa As Number 1 After Warning Chelsea Not to Go Wild for Onana

Pochettino to Stick With Kepa As Number 1 After Warning Chelsea Not to Go Wild for Onana

Elijah Odetokun
updated at June 16, 2023 at 8:03 AM
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  • Mauricio Pochettino is yet to begin as Chelsea boss officially but is already pulling strings
  • He is faced with the massive task of squad overhaul before the new season kicks off
  • The Argentine has already made his feelings clear on one of the priority positions

Mauricio Pochettino is coming off as a prudent manager for Chelsea and will prefer to look inwards for a solution rather than making the club go wild over any incoming.

Pochettino will officially take over on July 1 due to a term in his Paris Saint-Germain contract that does not allow him to take up a new role until after June 30.

However, he is already making inputs into the business from the sidelines as the club are faced with a race against time to downsize their squad and raise money for new additions before July.

Kepa Arrizabalaga, Chelsea, Newcastle United, Premier League, Stamford Bridge.
Kepa Arrizabalaga applauds the Chelsea fans after their final game of the season against Newcastle United. Photo by Darren Walsh.
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The Argentine has identified some priority positions to strengthen - a new goalkeeper, defensive midfielder, and a new striker top the list of targets.

Pochettino to stick with Kepa

Inter Milan goalkeeper Andre Onana is the preferred target for the number 1 role as Senegalese goalie Edouard Mendy is set to leave the club this summer.

Mirror UK reports that the role is no longer high up the priority list as the manager advised the club not to spend heavily to recruit for the position.

Sky Sports adds that the former Tottenham boss has decided that Spanish goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga will keep his place as number 1 but is not ruling out a new goalkeeper joining the club.

Kepa joined for a world record fee for his position in 2018. He has had an inconsistent time at Stamford Bridge, with some high moments that defined success for the club.

Lukaku’s reunion makes sense

The number 9 position is one of the club’s high priorities. Sports Brief analysed why Lukaku’s return makes sense for both parties.

The Blues paid £97.5m to Inter Milan for former striker Romelu Lukaku in 2021, but a fallout with the club made him return to Italy on loan.

The Italians are financially incapacitated and can not meet Chelsea’s asking price; he could save the London club some money by returning as the leading striker next season.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.