Report: Boehly definitely wants to keep two players at Chelsea if he takes over, contract talks already planned

Todd Boehly’s consortium to buy Chelsea are reportedly eager to extend the contracts of Reece James and Mason Mount.

According to the Guardian, the group fronted by the LA Dodgers co-owner know the importance of tying down two of Thomas Tuchel’s most influential figures.

Due to the sanctions imposed on Roman Abramovich by the UK government, Chelsea have been able to sell or buy players.

Perhaps more importantly, they have also been able to hand out new deals, which has led to the departure of Antonio Rudiger to Real Madrid.

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Andreas Christensen will likely join his fellow defender on the plane to Spain, as he looks set to sign for Barcelona.

This sentence can also be said for Cesar Azpilicueta who, like Rudiger and Christensen, has a contract that expires at the end of the season.

Tuchel’s talented Chelsea duo

Tuchel is now facing the awful situation of heading into the next campaign with a depleted squad not fit to challenge Manchester City and Liverpool.

To make matters worse, more members of his squad could be heading for the exit door before the new term commences.

The Guardian claim that the club’s uncertain situation has caused rivals to show interest in both Mount and James.

Undoubtedly, the English duo are shining examples for the future of Tuchel’s team.

But the pair might become restless if the same saga that happened with Rudiger rears its ugly head again.

Is it all about the Money for Mason and Reece?

At the moment, Mount is one of the lowest-paid players in the senior camp, earning around £70,000-a-week (Guardian).

Just to add perspective, Romelu Lukaku receives nearly quadruple that at £300,000-a-week.

James meanwhile earns marginally more than his compatriot, taking in £100,000-a-week.

Both of the Cobham academy graduates deserve a pay rise, based on their contributions to Chelsea in the past few seasons.

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This is how Rudiger also felt, believing £90,000-a-week was not an accurate representation of his worth.

He has moved on to Madrid; could the same fate happen to Mount and James?

The latter is apparently liked by Los Blancos, so it’s certainly a possibility, if not a very faint one.

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Nathaniel is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has worked at Burton Albion as part of their media team for two years. Nathaniel produces regular articles for the club’s official website and match-day programme. He covered the 2018 U20 Women’s World Cup in Brittany and has reported from grounds ranging from non-league up to the Premier League.