Chelsea boss Mauricio Pochettino eyes huge Liverpool boost as talks to ramp up 'this week'

Chelsea are reportedly set to step up their pursuit of Leeds United star Tyler Adams this week. Mauricio Pochettino is desperate to bolster his midfield ranks this summer and getting fresh faces through the door is quickly becoming a priority at Stamford Bridge.

Pochettino began the summer by prioritising outgoings, both to reduce the size of his squad and also to raise funds. Several stars were allowed to join Saudi Pro League outfits, with Mason Mount and Mateo Kovacic joining Premier League rivals.

Incomings is now the primary focus for the ex-Tottenham boss until the transfer window closes. Pochettino is keen to build a new-look midfield around Enzo Fernandez over the next few weeks, with Adams highlighted as a target.

The USA international has a £20million release clause in his contract which became active after Leeds’ relegation to the Championship, and that has proven very attractive to suitors. According to The Athletic, the Blues will accelerate their pursuit of Adams ‘this week’ and are expected to table an opening offer for his services imminently.

Aston Villa are also admirers of the 24-year-old, but the prospect of being a key player for Chelsea could prove persuasive despite their lack of European football this season.

It remains to be seen whether the Blues can welcome Adams to their ranks before the start of the 2023/24 campaign, with their opening fixture against Liverpool set to take place on Sunday. Fernandez will be joined by either Conor Gallagher or Andrey Santos in midfield for the match, as it stands – though both players could be named in the starting eleven given that Christopher Nkunku is ruled out through injury.

Many expected Moises Caicedo to line up in a Chelsea shirt at the start of the upcoming season after he was highlighted by both the higher powers at the club and Pochettino as their side’s top target this summer. However, they have seen four bids for the Ecuador international knocked back by Brighton so far and negotiations are showing no signs of concluding soon.

The Seagulls are insisting on £100m for their No 25 and have made it clear to all parties that they will not accept a bid that falls short of their valuation as they are in no rush to sell. Chelsea will submit another offer for Caicedo imminently, with their pursuit independent of Adams’ negotiations, though it remains to be seen how close they are willing to go to Brighton’s asking price.