Mauricio Pochettino's new centreback duo may be split amid transfer rumours

The Pride of London cover stories in the sports media concerning a pair of Chelsea defenders. Which of these players may leave - Benoit Badiashile or Thiago Silva? Or will neither Blues depart?
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Chelsea have a decisive match coming up. One that has gone under the radar more than usual because the two monumental clubs are floundering somewhat. The other in question, Manchester United. Maybe United are stuttering further and suffering deeper than the Blues at present. But both managers, Pochettino and Erik ten Hag, have huge tasks in returning their respective outfits to former glory. This objective might perhaps be too much for the Dutchman; my faith in the Argentine remains firmly in place.

Ten Hag has even taken to banning supposed deceitful journalists from entering his press conferences. This act from MUFC has been described as draconian; I would call it borderline unethical censorship. At least, in the Man Utd boss's view, unfair journalism has transpired against the huge northern England side. Utd's gaffer gave injury updates on some key Red Devils personnel prior to the fixture against the west Londoners. Mason Mount could be deemed fit to play against his boyhood team. While Tyrell Malacia, Lisandro Martinez, Casemiro, Christian Eriksen, Jonny Evans and Amad Diallo are all reportedly unavailable.

Chelsea transfer rumours coming true could mean new Mauricio Pochettino CB partnership would be split up

Benoit Badiashile, who has been injured for much of the season, is now partnering Thiago Silva at the back for CFC. So, with Axel Disasi recently left on the substitute's bench, it appears as though 'Poch' is keen on Badiashile. Thiago is probably still undroppable in the head coach's mind. However, current speculation has the elder potentially leaving at the end of the campaign. But Badiashile is said to be more likely to stay:

"AC Milan have seen a bid for Chelsea centre-back Benoit Badiashile turned down, and reports claim a different Blues defender is the one who’ll make way at season’s end. TuttoMercato reported Milan were prepared to offer Badiashile a way out via a loan with an option to a buy. Any such offer would be made with regards to a move in next month’s January window.

Thiago Silva to leave when season ends?
Instead of Badiashile, veteran Brazilian Thiago Silva may be the one to depart Stamford Bridge in 2024.
The 39-year-old is in the final year of his contract and per Football Insider, Chelsea have decided against offering a new deal."