Mauricio Pochettino will be given a significant say on which Chelsea players will leave Stamford Bridge this summer with young defender Levi Colwill among those expected to be in his squad next season, according to reports.
The Argentine is reportedly the leading candidate to become the next Chelsea manager, and according to 90min, there are now only minor details left between the two parties to iron out.
Caretaker manager Frank Lampard is still expected to be in charge until the end of the season, but the sooner Chelsea reach an agreement with Pochettino, the sooner they can start the preparation for the new campaign.
The report claims that Chelsea and Pochettino have already had discussions about his plan for the current squad.
The Blues, who have more than 30 first-team players, will likely have to trim their squad this summer, so Pochettino’s input would be crucial.
Interestingly, 90min claims that Pochettino will make room in the squad for Colwill, who is currently on loan at Brighton.
The 20-year-old has not been able to establish himself as a regular starter at Brighton, having started just nine Premier League games for the loan club, but it is easy to see why Chelsea and Pochettino reportedly rate him very highly.
A left-footed center-back who is comfortable with playing from the back is always an asset for possession-based teams.
Colwill’s contract with Chelsea expires in the summer of 2025, too, so this summer would be the perfect opportunity to finally integrate him into the team.
Aside from the young centre-back, Chelsea will also have a couple of other summer additions.
These are Malo Gusto, who is staying at his former club Lyon on loan this season, and RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku, who has reportedly signed a pre-contract with the Blues.