Chelsea’s resurgent XI under Pochettino next season with five new signings

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Chelsea are set to hire Mauricio Pochettino as their next manager, with the Argentine poised to be given the chance of lifting the Blues following a nightmare season under Graham Potter and Frank Lampard. Terms have been agreed with the former Tottenham and Southampton boss. And reports say he wants backing when the transfer window reopens this summer.

According to the Daily Mail, Pochettino already has four transfer targets in mind as he looks to get Chelsea back to challenging for the biggest and best prizes on offer.

Emiliano Martinez is on his radar, with the Argentina international shining for club and country this season.

Chelsea remain admirers of Declan Rice, too, despite the West Ham star also being courted by the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.

Lautaro Martinez is being targeted as the west London giants seek a new striker, while Alexis Mac Allister is another player in Pochettino’s sights.

Chelsea have already agreed a deal to sign Christopher Nkunku, who will arrive from RB Leipzig.

So Express Sport now takes a look at how the Blues could fare with those five players in their starting XI for next season.

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Goalkeeper: Martinez

Chelsea certainly need somebody new between the sticks as they look to bounce back.

Kepa Arrizabalaga has never been good enough, having blown hot and cold since arriving back in 2018.

And Edouard Mendy has regressed alarmingly, with all signs pointing to a departure for the Senegal international at the end of the season

Martinez would, however, be a safe pair of hands.

He’s flourished at both Arsenal and Aston Villa over the course of his career, as well as for Argentina at the World Cup in Qatar. Certainly, he’d be an upgrade on what they’ve already got.

Defence: James, Fofana, Badiashile, Chilwell

Chelsea have spent big on their defence over the past 12 months.

But that still hasn’t been enough to prevent them from falling further and further behind the Premier League elite.

While that’s the case, however, Pochettino doesn’t seem to consider it an area of his new side that needs bolstering.

Reece James and Ben Chilwell are the best full-backs at the club.

And Wesley Fofana and Benoit Badiashile could become regular partners at centre-back, especially with Thiago Silva approaching the twilight years of his career.

Midfield: Mac Allister, Fernandez, Rice

Pochettino may use a flat three in midfield once he takes over at Chelsea.

And the Blues currently look likely to lose both Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic, even if Pochettino would apparently like the former to stay.

Enzo Fernandez is set to be a key player for the coming years, despite enduring a slow start to life in England.

But with Rice and Mac Allister both in Pochettino’s sights, that could help the former Benfica star improve next term.

N’Golo Kante is another player who may be shown the door, with the 32-year-old struggling with injuries over the past 12 months.

Forwards: Nkunku, Martinez, Mudryk

One player Pochettino will be hoping to coax the best from is Mykhaylo Mudryk.

Big things were expected of the Ukraine international when he arrived in January but, fast-forward to now, he’s yet to live up to expectations.

Mudryk should still be at the club next season, however, and may be a regular on the left wing as Chelsea aim to get more bang for their buck.

Inter Milan star Martinez would provide a goal threat playing down the middle.

And Nkunku would be the perfect fit on the right wing, with the France international’s versatility one of the reasons Chelsea have opted to agree a deal.

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