Chelsea have two suitors for ‘laughable’ forward, as transfer splurge is prepped

Date published: Tuesday 30th March 2021 2:40 - Matthew Briggs

Timo Werner TEAMtalk

Barcelona and Juventus are admirers of misfiring Chelsea striker Timo Werner, claims a report in Spain.

The Germany international, who has been relegated to the bench for Die Mannschaft, is apparently on the wanted list of the two European super powers. That’s the news, according to Don Balon, with Chelsea seemingly intent on trading in the striker just 12 months after he arrived for around £47.5m from RedBull Leipzig.

His time though at Chelsea has been miserable. He has scored just five Premier League goals to date and considering his £175,000-a-week wage, the outlet label his numbers “laughable”.

So much so that Chelsea are willing to offload the forward, who looked a classy acquisition after scoring 28 Bundesliga goal in 2019/20.

As per the source Roman Abramovich will follow up last summer’s £200m-plus spending spree with another heavy investment in transfers. And top of that list is understood to be Borussia Dortmund scoring sensation Erling Haaland.

Chelsea though will have to pay a premium for the Norway striker, with ESPN reporting recently that his price tag this summer is set at £154m.

That deal will only have a chance of happening if Chelsea find a buyer for Werner. And to make things even harder they want to recoup the cash they paid for the 25-year-old.

Both Juve and Barca are understood to have an interest in Werner, but neither will want to pay the €60m that Abramovich is asking for.

Meanwhile, Mino Raiola has given nothing away regarding the future of Haaland, but he has admitted he may have made a mistake when sending the striker to Borussia Dortmund.

Haaland only moved to Dortmund in December 2019, but he could yet make his next step at the end of the season. He joined the Bundesliga side for just €22.5m with Manchester United heavily interested in him. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who worked with the forward at Molde, made a personal trip to persuade the 20-year-old to sign for the club. Raiola though had other ideas, with United understood to be unwilling to pay the agent’s demands.

Raiola’s mistake with Haaland

Erling Haaland TEAMtalk

His red-hot goalscoring form though has continued for BVB with 49 goals from his 49 outings. That has led to suggestions he could be on the move again with United, Manchester City and Chelsea all said to be interested in him.

“This is a moment of waiting and seeing what is in the best interest of the player,” said Raiola. “Sometimes the best interest of the player is not to move when everybody says he has to move.

“And sometimes it is in the best interest of the player to move when everybody says he has to stay. So we will see what happens.”

The super agent did though suggest that he may have got Haaland’s move to Dortmund wrong.

He told The Athletic  that Haaland has developed quicker than anyone could have imagined: “With Haaland, everybody was wrong. He did things much quicker than everybody imagined. Haaland is in front of his own development. He is ahead of his own schedule.

“Maybe I was too careful when I said, ‘Oh no, let’s move to Dortmund instead of I-don’t-know-where’.

“This boy — I’m 100 per cent convinced and everybody’s convinced — can move to any club, wherever he wants, already on this level. And he could have done that last year. But maybe last year there were still teams (saying), ‘Oh, he was in Red Bull, can he do it in another club?’. He is quicker than his own prediction. So yeah, Haaland is the talk of the town.”

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