Football rumours: Players fear being sold to avoid scrutiny of Chelsea finances

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In the wake of Chelsea breaking the British record by spending just over £106 million on Enzo Fernandez, some of their players fear the club will be forced to sell them if they fail to qualify for the Champions League to avoid further Financial Fair Play scrutiny, the Telegraph reports. The paper says a planned clear-out could see a number of the Blues’ first-team squad on the chopping block – namely, midfielders Conor Gallagher, 22, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, 27, Trevoh Chalobah, 23, and Mason Mount, 24, wingers Callum Hudson-Odoi, 22, and Christian Pulisic, 24, defender Cesar Azpilicueta, 33, striker Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang, 33, and centre-back Kalidou Koulibaly, 31.

Elsewhere, Tottenham had a deal “almost done” for Spanish forward Gerard Deulofeu before the 28-year-old was ruled out for the rest of the season in January with a knee injury. Fabrizio Romano reports via the Daily Express that Spurs were looking to bolster Antonio Conte’s squad in a bid to help their chances of securing a top-four finish.

Isco
Isco is currently a free agent (Tim Goode/PA)

And the Daily Mail reports Paul Pogba‘s future at Juventus is in serious doubt with the club considering the possibility of selling, or even terminating, the Frenchman’s contract. The 29-year-old made his return to the Serie A club last summer – six years after he left them to join Manchester United for a then world record £100m fee.

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Leeds United’s Jack Harrison (Joe Giddens/PA)

Olivier Giroud: Italian outlet Sky Sport says the 36-year-old France striker is expected to extend his contract at AC Milan by an additional year until 2024.

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