Chelsea set to sanction Turkish move for star who has ‘no chance’ of playing for Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino pointing from the Chelsea touchline

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino

Chelsea are actively trying to offload Malang Sarr after the defender emerged as a target for clubs in Turkey before their transfer deadline, a report has revealed.

The Turkish transfer window is still open until Friday, which gives Premier League clubs the chance to offload players to Super Lig sides. With most other major markets now closed, there could be a flurry of late activity towards Turkey.

According to Football Insider, Chelsea defender Sarr is someone who could make such a switch. The website claims there is ‘no chance’ of him convincing Mauricio Pochettino to promote him into his plans.

Therefore, some clubs in Turkey – though none are named in the report – are queuing up for the chance to take Sarr away from Stamford Bridge this week.

Whoever takes him, it is deemed that the deal would most likely be a loan. Sarr still has two years remaining on his contract with Chelsea, who signed him on a free transfer back in 2020.

After temporary spells with Porto and Monaco, Sarr now seems set for a third loan exit of his Chelsea career, which has only included 21 appearances for his parent club.

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Other former Chelsea players currently active in the Turkish Super Lig include Michy Batshuayi at Fenerbahce and Hakim Ziyech at Galatasaray.

Sarr is also now in line to secure a similar move, which will be a relief to Chelsea given they are believed to be paying him more than £100,000 per week not to be anywhere near their first-team project.

Pochettino would prefer to use Benoit Badiashile, Axel Disasi, Levi Colwill, Thiago Silva, Trevoh Chalobah and the injured Wesley Fofana at centre-back than Sarr, whom he seems to have little knowledge of anyway.