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

Prior to his departure from Chelsea, the player had a conversation with Mauricio Pochettino.

A player was convinced to sign with Chelsea by Mauricio Pochettino, but he left the team soon after.

Pochettino only had one season at Stamford Bridge, leading Chelsea to a sixth-place result that guaranteed them a spot in the Europa League for the following year.

Five straight wins for Chelsea helped them close out a wild campaign, but following discussions with the management, it was decided that the Argentine would leave by mutual consent on Tuesday.

Since Todd Boehly acquired the team, the Blues have been looking for a new manager, and a number of candidates have been connected to the position.

However, it has surfaced that one transfer target is now kind of in limbo following Pochettino’s exit.

Estevao Willian, a 17-year-old sensation from Palmeiras, is expected to sign a contract with the team soon for as much as €65 million, according to reports from Brazil via Sport Witness.

Even though a transfer is almost complete, he cannot go until April 2025, when he turns 18.

The young Brazilian had spoken with Pochettino, who had essentially sold the idea of him joining Chelsea, according to journalist Ben Jacobs.

However, the former manager of PSG and Spurs will not be in charge anymore, which puts Estevao in a difficult position.

But there’s no indication that Pochettino’s departure will cause the Estevao deal to stagnate.

Chelsea, as a team, is heavily focused on developing young players for the future and frequently travels to South America for shopping.

Prior to an additional €20 million in performance-related bonuses, they are scheduled to pay an initial €45 million for Estevao.

Some have suggested Kieran McKenna, Enzo Maresca, and Ruben Amorim as Pochettino’s successors.

According to Jacobs, clubs in Saudi Arabia are interested in signing the 52-year-old.

Pochettino has a close relationship with sporting director Ramon Planes, so managerless Al Ittihad are thought to be a possibility.

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