Chelsea fan Paul Merson demands Premier League rule change as Blues face £60m exit | Football | Sport

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Chelsea fan Paul Merson demands Premier League rule change as Blues face £60m exit | Football | Sport

Paul Merson believes that it is not right that Chelsea need to sell Conor Gallagher this summer to solve their Financial Fair Play woes. The midfielder has been put in the shop window at Stamford Bridge on numerous occasions since the arrival of Todd Boehly but a move has never come to fruition.

Chelsea have endured a torrid season so far, with Mauricio Pochettino coming under immense pressure for failing to produce results with a squad worth over £1billion. The Blues sit 11th in the Premier League and have countless issues which need resolving urgently.

As a result, more transfer spending is firmly on the cards for Chelsea. The club are scouring the market for a top-quality striker, reinforcements out wide and at least one defender to replace Thiago Silva.

But Boehly is keen to avoid any FFP issues by funding a percentage of his spending by offloading several members of Pochettino’s squad. Selling homegrown stars is therefore top of the list of priorities for Chelsea as they represent pure profit on their balance sheets, with Trevoh Chalobah and Armando Broja both players who could be cashed in on.

Gallagher is also likely to depart, despite being one of the Blues’ most important players so far this season. The England international is likely to fetch a significant fee and would allow for top-quality players to be acquired from elsewhere – much to the frustration of Merson.

The Chelsea-supporting pundit is growing frustrated with his side having to offload players to fund signings, telling Sky Sports: “The rules need to change, and they need to change very quickly because someone like Chelsea probably have to sell Conor Gallagher, who is one of their own.

“And, they will sell him for £50m or £60m, and then they will be allowed to buy a £100m player from abroad. That shouldn’t be right. Why change the rules when you have got to probably sell one of the best players, a homegrown player? You would rather go, well, it hasn’t worked with some of the other players.”

Pochettino has made it clear he would prefer to keep Gallagher than cash in on the midfielder, who is out of contract in 2025. But the Argentine may not be in charge by the time a decision is made on the academy graduate in the summer.

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