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‘Growing belief’ that Chelsea could part with another star this summer

The Blues have been reportedly weighing up his future this season

Chelsea are looking increasingly likely to part ways with midfielder Mateo Kovacic after it was revealed that the Blues still have not opened contract talks with the Croatian.

It has been a season of drastic change for Graham Potter’s side, with Potter himself one of those changes. The Stamford Bridge side have signed 16 new first team players, although two have remained at their former clubs on loan, while they have also agreed a deal to add Christopher Nkunku in the summer.

Having posted losses of £121million for last season and with a squad that Potter himself has admitted his unmanagable, there is expected to be more major change in west London this summer, with plenty expected to depart.

The likes of Hakim Ziyech, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Callum Hudson Odoi and Christian Pulisic are all seemingly certain to leave the club, while there are question marks over the futures of Mason Mount, Conor Gallagher and Ruben Loftus Cheek, all of whom could be moved on for massive profit.

With Denis Zakaria also set to return to Juventus when his loan expires, it is clear that the Blues will be on the hunt for midfield reinforcements, despite having spent a British record transfer fee on Enzo Fernandez in the dying hours of the January transfer window.

They seem set to get weaker in the middle of the pitch before they get stronger, however, with the Evening Standard reporting that ‘Chelsea have yet to open talks with Mateo Kovacic despite his contract having just 16 months left to run’, adding that ‘there is a growing feeling, however, that he could be sold as part of a summer clear-out’.

As a result, the 28-year-old could be sold in a bid to raise funds for yet more additions, with Declan Rice and Manu Kone two of the players that Chelsea reportedly hold an interest in.

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Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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