New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly wants to implement an American-style contract policy at the club

Todd Boehly is looking to introduce a new American-style contract policy for Chelsea stars

EXCLUSIVE: New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly wants to implement an American-style contract policy at Stamford Bridge, with Mason Mount and Reece James among the youngsters to be offered SEVEN-year deals.

  • Todd Boehly wants to introduce a new contract policy for Chelsea stars
  • The new American owner is willing to deliver offers of up to seven years
  • The move would mirror contract styles in the States to tie down young players
  • Mason Mount, Reece James and Armando Broja are at the top of their list for offers

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is implementing an American-style contract policy for the club’s under-25 players, locking them into deals of up to seven years.

In a common move in American sport, the new Blues regime wants to ensure they tie down the club’s best young players to be recruited for their prime years.

Generally in English football, clubs look to sign young talent on contracts of up to five years.

Todd Boehly is looking to introduce a new American-style contract policy for Chelsea stars

The new Blues owner was at Stamford Bridge for his side's first home game of the new season

The new Blues owner was at Stamford Bridge for his side’s first home game of the new season

But Sports mail has learned that Chelsea’s new regime is exploring offering youngsters contracts of up to seven years, a very unusual scenario in English football.

There has already been evidence of the change in policy this summer. Marc Cucurella, 24, signed a six-year deal to join from Brighton, as did Carney Chukwuemeka, 18, when he arrived from Aston Villa.

Moving forward, Boehly also wants to tie the club’s young players to longer-than-usual contracts.

Academy graduates Mason Mount, Reece James and Armando Broja are among the players Chelsea want to sign on extensions as soon as possible.

And the trio can expect to be offered enhanced six-year deals with an option for a further 12 years.

Boehly also owns the LA Dodgers baseball team in America, where long offers are handed out

Boehly also owns the LA Dodgers baseball team in America, where long offers are handed out

It remains to be seen whether the aforementioned trio would consider committing to Chelsea in that time frame, particularly Mount and James, who are widely regarded as two of the most complete young players in Europe and are attracting interest from across the continent.

However, the move to cement Chelsea’s top players on unusually long deals is indicative of the new owners’ desire to secure the futures of key members of the squad, while maintaining their future transfer values ​​in the event of interest rival.

Meanwhile, Chelsea have had a formal bid rejected for Everton youngster Anthony Gordon.

It now remains to be seen whether the London club come back with an improved offer for the Toffees player, who would seriously consider a move.

Everton have rejected a bid of around £45m from Chelsea for striker Anthony Gordon

Everton have rejected a bid of around £45m from Chelsea for striker Anthony Gordon

Chelsea made an offer of around £45m on Monday which was rejected by Everton.

The Merseyside club value Gordon at a minimum of £50m and will not consider offers below that mark.

The Stamford Bridge club first held talks over a move for Gordon at the weekend before submitting their bid earlier this week.

Agreeing personal terms with Gordon would not be a problem for Chelsea.

Elsewhere, Chelsea are also hoping to tie up goalkeeper Edouard Mendy to a new contract with talks ongoing.

Sports mail reported last week that there was significant distance between the two sides, but negotiations over a deal that could last at least until 2027 have continued and are now moving in the right direction.

Ngolo Kante, is entering the final year of his contract at Chelsea and may need to be replaced

Ngolo Kante, is entering the final year of his contract at Chelsea and may need to be replaced

Blues manager Thomas Tuchel may need more reinforcements if his side are to compete

Blues manager Thomas Tuchel may need more reinforcements if his side are to compete

Chelsea are also deliberating over N’Golo Kante’s future with the midfielder running out of the final year of his contract.

The Chelsea hierarchy are in no doubt about the ability and importance of Kante, who recalled another in Sunday’s 2-2 draw against Tottenham.

But they are also wary that Kante, currently on £290,000-a-week, has faced increasing injury difficulties in recent seasons, leaving them in a quandary and uncertain as they weigh up whether to extend his contract.

Kante’s 2021/22 season was interrupted by injury and illness and his strong start to the new campaign was halted by a hamstring injury against Spurs.

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