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Five players Chelsea could sign after Mauricio Pochettino spotted at Europa League match | Football | Sport

Chelsea head coach Mauricio Pochettino was present for Brighton’s Europa League victory over Roma on Thursday night, raising suspicions that the Argentine is on the hunt for more Seagulls stars ahead of the summer transfer window. Pochettino has insisted that he was simply watching Brighton before his side visit the south coast outfit on April 20, but Express Sport lists five players who might have caught his eye.

Simon Adingra

Winger Simon Adingra has enjoyed a positive first season in English football. Just like Kaoru Mitoma, Adingra spent time out on loan after signing for Brighton before being integrated into the senior squad.

The 22-year-old has returned from a temporary stay at Union Saint-Gilloise and has had an impact at the Amex Stadium. He has scored seven goals in 30 appearances across all competitions, including six in the Premier League.

Raheem Sterling’s form has come under scrutiny this season and Chelsea do not possess great depth on the left wing, making Adingra a possible target.

Julio Enciso

A serious knee injury came at a terrible time for exciting attacking midfielder Julio Enciso in August. The Paraguayan had broken into Roberto De Zerbi’s team at the end of last season, scoring stunning goals against Chelsea and Manchester City.

All set for his first full campaign as a regular starter at Brighton, Enciso suffered a torn meniscus and only returned to action in early March. A positive end to the season is likely to attract interest from Europe’s biggest clubs.

Chelsea have a wealth of midfield options to call upon, but the 20-year-old would be an excellent addition at Stamford Bridge.

Tommaso Baldanzi

In keeping with Chelsea’s transfer policy of signing promising young players, Tomasso Baldanzi might have caught the eye of the Blues hierarchy in recent years. The 20-year-old attacking midfielder only signed for Roma from Empoli in the January transfer window but that would not deter Chelsea from making a bid in the summer.

An excellent passer in the final third, Baldanzi would be able to link Chelsea’s midfield to their attack. It would take a substantial fee to prise the Italian away from Roma, but the Blues are certainly prepared to spend the cash.

Nicolas Zalewski

Chelsea have enjoyed success with their signing of right-back Malo Gusto and must now repeat that transfer triumph with the signing of a left-back who can have the same impact as Gusto. Nicolas Zalewski is a similar type of player – an astute dribbler who is able to defend well and create chances in the final third.

Zalewski assisted seven minutes into his senior debut in a Europa League tie against Manchester United two years ago. The 22-year-old might have caught the eye of Pochettino against Brighton.

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