Mauricio Pochettino continues to wield the axe as AC Milan eye forgotten star

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Mauricio Pochettino is continuing to wield the axe at Chelsea as AC Milan are eyeing forgotten star Christian Pulisic who scored just one goal last season. Pochettino has already made some brutal assessments of his struggling squad who are expected to be told some “hard truths” in the forthcoming weeks.

The 24-year-old is expected to be worth much less than the £58million that Chelsea paid Borussia Dortmund to sign him in July 2019. AC Milan have shown their interest in the American international and the Blues have the perfect opportunity to suggest a swap deal with goalkeeper Mike Maignan.

Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano has reported that Pulisic has been given the ‘green light’ to leave Chelsea this summer. A permanent transfer is reportedly the priority for the Blues as Todd Boehly looks to offload players from the huge squad that finished 12th in last season’s Premier League.

As part of Pochettino’s overhaul a new number one could be on the cards as the futures of Kepa Arrizabalaga and Edouard Mendy look uncertain. Reports in Italy have suggested that Chelsea are ready to make a move on Maignan valued at around £52million (€60m).

According to Transfermarkt, Pulisic is worth £27.5m and Chelsea would be wise to want a swap deal as they look to recoup money spent on the American winger four years ago. Pulisic has scored 26 goals in 145 appearances since joining Chelsea and his exit this summer looks increasingly likely.

The 24-year-old has joined up with the USA national team ahead of this summer’s Gold Cup and has been left reflecting on a disappointing season domestically. He said: “It’s been a tough season for me personally and for our team at club level. I thought it was a great couple years and the last couple years just haven’t gone at all how I’ve planned them to be.

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“And right now my focus is obviously here with the national team. I’m just excited to get back playing and just enjoy myself and do what I love to do out on the field. And from there, this summer, we’re obviously going to have to see what happens.”

AC Milan could have a fight on their hands for the American’s signature as the Evening Standard have reported that Juventus are also interested. However, a swap deal for Maignan would be attractive for Chelsea.

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