Mauricio Pochettino convinced player to join Chelsea on ‘phone call’ shortly before being axed by club

Mauricio Pochettino persuaded a player to sign for Chelsea, only to leave the club shortly after.

Pochettino lasted just a single season at Stamford Bridge, guiding Chelsea to a sixth placed finish which secured qualification to the Europa League next season.

Chelsea ended a topsy-turvy campaign strongly with five straight victories but after talks with the hierarchy, it was agreed that the Argentine would depart via mutual consent on Tuesday.

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The Blues now find themselves searching for yet another manager since Todd Boehly bought the club, with a whole host of candidates linked with the vacancy.

But it’s emerged that one transfer target finds himself in a bit of limbo after Pochettino’s departure.

17-year-old Palmeiras starlet Estevao Willian is set to join the club imminently in a deal that could total €65 million, according to reports in Brazil, via Sport Witness.

Although a transfer is close to being finalised, he is not allowed to make the move until he is 18 in April 2025.


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