Jose Mourinho’s big plans for reshaping his Chelsea side were always going to include some casualties.
With the likes of Francesc Fabregas and Diego Costa coming in, plus a number of top European names being lauded as potential targets, there was also going to come a time when certain players currently on the books at Stamford Bridge decided that enough was enough. That time, at least for one Dutchman, is now.
Van Aanholt admission
Patrick van Aanholt told sources in The Netherlands that he is now seeking a permanent move away from Chelsea so that he can play regular first-team football, having been deprived of game-time since switching from PSV in 2007.
The 23-year-old has one-year remaining on his current deal in west London, but made it clear that he wasn’t going to wait around if he didn’t get the chance to play on a weekly basis. As of yet it’s unclear where he’ll end up, but a transfer back to the Eredivisie could well be in the offing.
Follow the departure of the long-serving Ashley Cole to Roma, Van Aanholt may have believed that the period wherein he would be able to contend for the first-team spot at left-back was nigh. However, with the Blues having clinched a deal for Atletico Madrid star Filipe Luis it has been made clear that Mourinho doesn't see him as being suitable for his set up.
The twice capped Holland international has spent the last two seasons on loan at Vitesse Arnhem, and so naturally they will be the bookies' favourites to move for him in a permanent capacity.
Chelsea dealt Pogba blow
In other news the potential purchase of Juventus star Paul Pogba has seen yet another twist dealt to its narrative, after Antonio Conte left his post by mutual consent yesterday.
The Blues were thought to be lining up a £60million offer for the Frenchman in the wake of news that his club had offered him a new deal, but now they will have to wait for a new manager to be appointed before any negotiations can take place.
Early reports suggest former Milan boss Massimo Allegri will replace Conte, though what his plans for Pogba would be remain unknown. With the club currently in something of a crisis given that it was expected to be business as usual heading into the new season, Allegri will need to convince his star men that he is the right man to lead them, otherwise they could well seek moves away.
With Mourinho hell-bent on landing Pogba to bolster his midfield it could well be that he launches a full-scale assault for his signature amidst the confusion, though Allegri - if indeed he is the new coach - will likely have the final say.
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