Mauricio Pochettino secures greater Chelsea transfer influence and identifies key January target

The Blues continue to reshape their squad since the Todd Boehly and Clearlake Capital takeover, with more than £1bn spent over the last three transfer windows

Miguel Delaney
Chief Football Writer
Thursday 26 October 2023 10:50 BST
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Mauricio Pochettino will have final say on Chelsea transfers as the club hone a more collaborative approach going forward.

While there are set to be more signings in January despite a £1bn-plus outlay over the last three windows, the aim is to be far more targeted in the new year.

The club's much-discussed American owners felt a total overhaul of the squad was due on arriving, as they sought to reshape it to have a much younger and leaner profile.

That create a bloated group for a period of time that sometimes felt too large for the dressing room, but the feeling is that gradual trading has left them closer to an ideal profile.

The target now is to fill any remaining positional gaps or depth to the team, so as to maximise Pochettino's tactics.

It is within that process that the Argentine will have a final say on any purchases, after a collaborative process with the recruitment team, which includes co-sporting directors Paul Winstanley and Laurence Stewart and co-director of recruitment and talent Joe Shields.

The model is described as more like Manchester City's, where the manager will identify the type of tactical profile he needs, then the staff come up with suitable names, and the manager then decides on who to go for.

Chelsea are expected to be one of the clubs that go for Brentford's Ivan Toney in the window, as a number nine would still be preferred, with Nicolas Jackson and Armando Broja yet to fully convince as a long-term option.

Although there is still a sense of seeing how the squad settles after one more international window.

Chelsea enjoyed one of their brightest performances yet under Pochettino in the 2-2 draw with Arsenal, with Brentford visiting Stamford Bridge this weekend as the Blues look to rebuild after a slow start to the season.

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