Todd Boehly, the owner of Chelsea Football Club, is reportedly close to appointing former Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino as the new manager of the club. According to Sky Sports, the announcement could be made next week, giving Pochettino time to assess his squad before the crucial pre-season. The former Tottenham manager could also be eyeing up his first signing, with Sadio Mane being linked with a move to Chelsea from Bayern Munich.
Mane has struggled in his debut season in Germany, and with Bayern looking to recoup the majority of the £27m they spent on him last summer, Chelsea could potentially lure him back to the Premier League. Pochettino is familiar with Mane’s abilities from his time in England and would be keen to bring him to Chelsea, who have struggled to score goals this season. Follow your favourite Premier League with attractive betting odds from Gclub.
According to FBref, Mane’s statistics are similar to Arsenal forward Gabriel Jesus, who has been a successful player in the Premier League. The two players have similar statistics with regard to goals, shots on target per game, goal-creating actions, and touches in the attacking penalty area. Both Mane and Jesus are known for cutting inside often and possess natural attacking intent.
If Mane were to sign for Chelsea, it would be a dream first signing for Pochettino. If he can replicate the form he displayed during his six years at Liverpool, Chelsea could challenge for honours next season. With Pochettino at the helm and Mane leading the attack, Chelsea could be on the verge of a new era. Follow GClub Sports to get the latest updates from the Premier League.