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Poch: Lukaku exit ‘apparent’; Chelsea need CM Receive US

Mauricio Pochettino has confirmed he expects Romelu Lukaku to go away Chelsea this summer time and says the membership are concentrating on a central midfielder however might also look to signal a centre-back following Wesley Fofana’s severe harm setback.

In his first unique interview since changing into Blues boss on July 1, Pochettino sat down with ESPN to debate the work Chelsea have left to do within the switch market.

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Lukaku was not a part of the 29-man squad which travelled to North Carolina on Monday for 5 pre-season video games in the US beginning with a pleasant towards Wrexham on Wednesday.

Juventus and Inter Milan are all for signing Lukaku and though he has to this point resisted curiosity from the Center East to affix the Saudi Professional League, Pochettino acknowledged that the striker sees his future elsewhere following talks with the membership.

Requested by ESPN if Lukaku was going to go away Chelsea, Pochettino stated: “I believe it’s apparent. I believe we will repeat this.

“It’s apparent what’s going on with him. I believe in between the membership and the participant, they share the identical comparable concepts and we’re engaged on that to attempt to repair it and have the very best answer for each events.”

The Blues are persevering with to press forward with their squad rebuild by pursuing a deal for Brighton’s Moisés Caicedo. They’d a second provide value £70 million rejected for the 21-year-old, who’s valued by Brighton at £100m.

Chelsea are more likely to return with an improved bid however Pochettino admitted Fofana’s harm blow might pressure them into market elsewhere.

The membership confirmed in a press release that Fofana underwent anterior cruciate ligament reconstruction surgical procedure and is now anticipated to be out for a chronic interval.

“Look what occurred with Fofana,” stated Pochettino. “Possibly sure or perhaps no we have to work to interchange him, an concept that we weren’t considering. That has perhaps made us change course.

“However like soccer, soccer is the current. It’s to be versatile with the mentality that you simply change. When one thing occurred like this, it is advisable to be centered and concentrated. We’re working, attempting to enhance. Till the top, we’re going to be there and we are going to see what occurs out there.

“It’s actually robust as a result of he’s a participant who must be actually essential in our mission and naturally we really feel actually unhappy and in a nasty temper. Usually it’s for him, however for the workforce, the membership.”

Pochettino refused to be drawn on particular targets however admitted Chelsea want to strengthen in central midfield having allowed Mateo Kovacic to affix Manchester Metropolis after N’Golo Kante left for Al-Ittihad.

“Sure I believe we want [a player] there [in midfield], for positive,” he stated. “However I believe it’s clear. Everybody is aware of that we want perhaps so as to add some gamers there.”

If Chelsea agree a deal for Caicedo, he’ll make the identical journey from Brighton to the Blues as Marc Cucurella made a 12 months earlier.

“I believe Moises desires to come back to Chelsea, I learn within the media,” Cucurella stated. “Once we keep in Brighton collectively, he’s a prime participant. He’s very younger however his head could be very intelligent. He has a variety of vitality. He confirmed his high quality.

“He is among the finest midfielders within the Premier League so if he got here to Chelsea, I believe we might have a very good participant for a very long time.”

Cucurella has been linked with a transfer away from Chelsea after a disappointing season however the 24-year-old stated he desires to remain and show himself at Stamford Bridge.

“I learn in addition to lot of issues however I’m comfortable right here,” he added. “I got here right here for the mission. Clearly the primary season was not simple however not just for me, for all of the gamers it’s not simple as a result of when you do not win, you do not keep comfortable.

“When you do not play good, it’s troublesome to remain comfortable. However that is the previous so if the supervisor say they need me to remain and be a part of the squad, I’m very comfortable and I attempt to do my finest for the workforce. And as properly, to indicate the followers and my team-mates what’s my degree.”

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