Chelsea have released £140m cash as Mauricio Pochettino outlines January transfer window plans

Chelsea have released £140m cash as Mauricio Pochettino outlines January transfer window plans

 Victor Osimhen and Ivan Toney have been heavily linked with moves to Chelsea this month, but it remains to be seen whether the Blues will spend big again

Chelsea given major cash injection as Pochettino outlines transfer window plans

Chelsea have been given a major cash injection after a quiet start to the January transfer window. While Mauricio Pochettino has downplayed the signing of a new striker this month, the Blues boss has admitted to holding conversations with some of his squad over their futures.

The likes of Victor Osimhen and Ivan Toney have been heavily linked with moves to Stamford Bridge recently, meanwhile it remains unclear whether Conor Gallagher, Ian Maatsen and Andrey Santos will remain in west London. When asked whether Chelsea need to sign a replacement for Nicolas Jackson, Pochettino said: "No. No, no. We are assessing the squad like always.

"We had a conversation with the owners and sporting directors yesterday and today and we are looking, like all teams, for options, opportunities. I am so happy because we have Broja, we have different players that can play in the striker position and we need our second line offensive players to help the team score goals and help to win games.

"I am very positive and happy with the squad. We are working, if something appears, we will announce. At the moment we are assessing and working normally, how we have been working from the beginning of the season."

Then, when later quizzed on his recent meeting with the owners and sporting directors, Pochettino added: "If you want to ask me if I was talking with Conor about this situation, yes. Like all the players when some rumour happens, always it’s good to have a good conversation with the player.

"Like Ian Maatsen, or different players like this, Andrey Santos. I think always it’s important for us, the coaches, to have very clear and very direct, honest conversations with the players.

"It’s healthy to have these type of relationships. We were talking all different subjects and if we have something to communicate, then we will."

The west London side's January transfer window is widely expected to be quieter than last winter when they forked out almost £200million on just Enzo Fernandez and Mykhailo Mudryk alone. However, Todd Boehly and Behdad Eghbali may have just hinted that another spending spree is just around the corner.

As pointed out by finance expert Kieran Maguire on X, formerly known as Twitter, the Chelsea owners have bought £140million of fresh shares in the company on Monday, paying £1.4 million for each 1 pence share in the club.

When asked by a user whether this cash injection will be used to fund the purchase of a new player this month, Maguire replied: "Not necessarily, could be to plug the gap from not competing in Europe this season and also paying transfer instalments due in January 2024 for players bought in Jan 23 (Mudryk, Fernandez etc)."

In layman's terms, the owners have put £140million extra cash into the club via equity. While this could be used for new signings, it could just be to fund the day-to-day running of the club.

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