Paul Merson has insisted that CHELSEA must not sell Mason Mount or N’Golo Kante this summer.
The season is pretty much done for Chelsea and Frank Lampard – there is one game to go before the club can put a miserable campaign behind them.
There has been no silverware – there will not be any European football for next season – there has been a number of manager changes and Chelsea may even finish in the bottom half of the table.
That has led to all sorts of speculation about the players that could depart the club in order to make some space for potential new signings – and both Mount and Kante have been linked with moves away.
However – amid all the speculation – Merson has claimed that Chelsea should not sell Mount or Kante in the summer – In a column for Sportskeeda, the former Arsenal midfielder wrote: “After a lorry load of games across all competitions, we still don’t know Chelsea’s best starting XI and we’re at the final game of the season.
“That just sums them up, really. They have too many players and with Mauricio Pochettino set to take over the reins from Frank Lampard, he’s got a massive job on his hands to trim the squad.
“He won’t want to work with 30-odd players, so I think there could be a bit of a fire sale at Stamford Bridge this summer.
‘Two players who shouldn’t be allowed to leave are Mason Mount and N’Golo Kante.
“CHELSEA face an uphill battle to finish in the top four next season, so they can’t afford to sell Mount to the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United or Liverpool, as they’d be strengthening one of their rivals.
‘He’s come to a bit of a standstill this season but he was Chelsea’s Player of the Year in 2021 and has a wealth of experience for a 24-year-old.”