Date: 7th March 2024 at 5:42pm
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Chelsea return to action when they welcome Newcastle United to Stamford Bridge on Monday evening. 

The Blues were held to a 2-2 draw by West London neighbours Brentford last time out, adding to the pressure on manager Mauricio Pochettino.

The former Tottenham Hotspur boss has endured a difficult season so far at Stamford Bridge, with his side winning just ten of their 26 Premier League games and also losing the Carabao Cup final against Liverpool last month.

Currently sitting 11th in the Premier League table, the pressure is undoubtedly mounting on Pochettino to turn his side’s fortunes around, although the Magpies will provide another stern test.

In the meantime, it has emerged that the Blues are hoping to sell one of their most expensive defenders this summer.

As reported by Football Insider, left-back Marc Cucurella is one of a number of players that will be made available for sale when the transfer window reopens.

The Spaniard was one of several high profile signings at Chelsea in 2022, when Todd Boehly first took charge of the club.

Cucurella could leave Chelsea this summer

The full-back arrived at Stamford Bridge from Brighton and Hove Albion in a deal worth around £63 million, just one year after joining the Seagulls from Spanish side Getafe.

It is claimed that Chelsea will look to sell as many as four first team players before July in order to meet their profit and sustainability requirements.

Cucurella, 25, has played a bit-part role for the Blues throughout his time at the club, making a total of 45 appearances across all competitions.

This season the defender has played 12 times, although he has been sidelined since December due to an ankle injury.

He is currently contracted to the London side until the end of the 2027/28 season, but it appears that those in charge of the club could look to sell him far sooner.

During the recent January transfer window, rivals Manchester United were linked with a shock move for the Spaniard, but the move never materialised.

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