‘Maresca era imminent’, Chelsea set to make first signing

Chelsea have chosen their ‘number one recruit’ to present to manager Enzo Maresca (44). It’s tall center back Tosin Adarabioyo (27, Fulham).

“Chelsea are finalizing a deal for Tosin,” said European soccer transfer market expert Fabrizio Romano on Monday. The negotiations are in the final stages.” Tosun’s contract with Fulham expires at the end of the day and he will not cost a transfer fee.

“Newcastle United have also been trying to sign Tosun for the past few weeks, but now Chelsea have a clear lead. Chelsea have been cautious until the deal is finalized and if all goes according to plan, Tosun will be Maresca’s first signing.”

The UK’s Evening Standard also reported that “Chelsea are confident of hijacking Tosun after Newcastle made an offer for him. Tosun looked set to go to Newcastle, but Chelsea won the race with a more attractive offer. They have agreed to sign Tosun on a free transfer to kick-start the Maresca era.”

Chelsea are preparing for a new era after parting ways with Mauricio Pochettino at the end of the 2023-2024 season. Pochettino was set to lead the club until the summer of 2026, but left the club by mutual consent after just one year.

Chelsea finished the season in sixth place, thanks to a five-game winning streak down the stretch, but it’s hard to be satisfied. The Chelsea board summoned Pochettino to the training ground for an emergency meeting the day after the final game of the season and decided to say goodbye on the spot. They reportedly decided that Pochettino was not the right man to ultimately lead the team forward.

Pochettino’s successor is already in place. Chelsea have decided to hand the reins to Maresca, who led Leicester City to the English Championship (second division) title last season. “Maresca has agreed terms on a five-year contract to take charge of Chelsea,” Sky Sports and The Guardian reported last month. He will succeed Mauricio Pochettino at the helm of the Blues,” the publications reported.

Sky Sports added: “It is understood the deal with Maresca is being finalized by lawyers and could be announced before the weekend. The five-year deal reflects the fact that everyone is focused on returning Chelsea to long-term success and stops speculation about future renewals.”

Chelsea will also pay Leicester City a compensation fee to bring Maresca to the club. This is reportedly worth 토토 between £8 million and £10 million. The contract will reportedly be for a base five-year period with an option to extend for an additional two years.

It’s a move that may seem like a bit of a gamble. While Maresca may have gotten Leicester promoted, he’s not a very experienced manager, with less than 70 first-team games under his belt and no Premier League experience whatsoever. His managerial career itself was limited to 14 games at Serie B Parma before he was sacked in 2021, and the 2023-2024 season with Leicester.

However, Maresca has experience at Manchester City, where he was the head coach of the elite development squad and served as assistant coach to Pep Guardiola with the first team in the 2022-2023 season. At the time, City won the treble. This is why Chelsea want Maresca to be the next Mikel Arteta. Arteta gained experience as a coach under Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and is now at Arsenal, where he is showing his leadership skills.

According to Sky Sports, Chelsea were impressed with Maresca’s enthusiasm. In meetings with the board, he showed an in-depth knowledge of the Chelsea squad, focusing on the way they want to play and his aspirations for the job. Maresca’s emphasis on possession and positional play was also a plus.

“Chelsea were impressed with Maresca’s knowledge of the squad,” said the BBC. The fact that he has worked with Guardiola was also a positive. The Chelsea board were also impressed with Arteta’s rebuilding work at Arsenal after his departure from the Etihad Stadium.”

Chelsea have already discussed their plans for the summer transfer window with Maresca. Currently, the Blues are considering a move for Burnley goalkeeper James Trafford and are looking for a new center back, left back, and striker.

The first signing is expected to be center back Tosin. The former Man City youth product is a big central defender who stands at 6-foot-4. His strong defense and aerial battles are his biggest strengths, thanks to his physicality, and he is quick on his feet. However, he’s not the type of player who can pass or break away from pressure.

Tosin joined Fulham in 2020 and immediately became a first-team defender, keeping his place even when the club was relegated. However, last season, he started to lose a bit of competition and his playing time decreased. Eventually, he decided to leave Fulham without signing a new contract.

In addition to Chelsea, several Premier League teams have expressed interest in Tosun, including Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle. However, Spurs pulled out of the race when they signed Radu Dragucin in January, with Newcastle reportedly leading the race. However, Chelsea swooped in at the last minute to win Tosun’s heart.

The Boot Room said: “This is a huge move for Tosun. He has settled in well at Fulham over the last few years and will fit in well with Maresca’s style of play.” ”Tosun, like Maresca, is a product of the City youth system and learned under Guardiola at a young age. Tosun could thrive under Maresca, who plays similar tactics to Guardiola. It could also be a very smart move for Chelsea as he is a free agent signing.”

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