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Enzo Maresca desires to signal £20m participant who’s “like Odegaard” for Chelsea


Following on from their success with Cole Palmer, Chelsea are reportedly eyeing up the signing of one other Manchester Metropolis participant this summer season.

Chelsea switch rumours

Chelsea parted methods with Mauricio Pochettino final month after he oversaw the Blues ending sixth within the Premier League and ending 2023/24 with no trophy regardless of making it to the League Cup remaining towards a weak Liverpool staff. Following Pochettino’s dismissal, the west Londoners have wasted no time in getting a brand new supervisor by means of the door. Sky Sports activities Information report that Leicester Metropolis’s Enzo Maresca has agreed phrases on a five-year cope with Chelsea to change into their new head coach.

Work behind the scenes has already seemingly begun, particularly on the switch entrance. Chelsea are reportedly keeping track of goalkeeper Diogo Costa forward of a possible transfer this summer season.

Elsewhere, the Blues have reportedly held talks over signing Shakhtar Donetsk midfielder Georgiy Sudakov, whereas they’re additionally hoping to safe a swift deal for Stade Brest defender Bradley Locko, and reviews in Spain have instructed that Chelsea have recognized Barcelona’s Ronald Araujo as a really perfect alternative for the departed Thiago Silva.

Barcelona defender Ronald Araujo. 

Enzo Maresca desires to signal £20m participant who’s “like Odegaard”

Now, in response to The Solar on Sunday [via TBR], incoming Chelsea boss Maresca is eager to signal Manchester Metropolis’s James McAtee.

Maresca has labored with McAtee beforehand on the Etihad and tried to signal him at Leicester final summer season earlier than he rejoined Sheffield United on mortgage. The report provides that the Italian was seeking to make a £20m bid to deliver him to Leicester this summer season, however may now make him his first signing at Stamford Bridge. That determine would seemingly have been sufficient to land McAtee, as Give Me Sport not too long ago reported that Man Metropolis are open to offloading the participant if a proposal reaches the £20m mark within the coming weeks.


As talked about above, McAtee spent 2023/24 on mortgage with Sheffield United, throughout which era he scored 5 objectives, supplied 4 assists and earned a comparability to a significant Premier League identify. Former Blades striker Carl Asaba was stuffed with reward for McAtee earlier this season and even in contrast him to Arsenal star, Martin Odegaard.

“He’s a bonus participant in that he performs midfield and you’ve got an additional quantity in there however then he can simply assault. He’s like Odegaard, you play him in midfield so he’s defending for you, he’s one other physique for them to try to navigate away from however he likes the ball 30 yards out cos he can go previous you such as you’re not there,” Asaba mentioned.

“The supervisor loves attacking, let’s not neglect. However McAtee is exhibiting you don’t want two up high. As a result of I can assault both aspect from the quantity ten place and we have to be stable, so once we’ve not acquired the ball I’m prepared to place a shift in. McAtee gives you this solidity. He’s proven this season what we noticed him do within the Championship, he’s going to go previous no matter calibre of participant as a result of he’s that good.”