Race against time for Chelsea to secure cut-price deal for attacking target

Date published: Thursday 25th March 2021 6:23 - Samuel Bannister

Chelsea remain interested in FC Porto winger Jesus Corona, according to reports – but will have to act fast to get the best deal.

Corona emerged as a potential target for Chelsea last year, after providing four goals and 11 assists in the 2019-20 Portuguese top flight. He is halfway to matching those tallies this season, with two goals and six assists so far.

As such, it appears Corona is still on the agenda for Chelsea. According to O Jogo, they are considering a move for him this summer.

After spending heavily in the 2020 summer transfer window, many of Chelsea’s recruits have struggled to make the impression expected of them. Hakim Ziyech is finding gametime hard to come by, Timo Werner went through a goal drought and Kai Havertz has also struggled to justify his price tag.

With the future of Christian Pulisic also in doubt, Chelsea could be ready to revamp their attacking lineup. Reigniting their interest in Corona could form part of the plan.

The 28-year-old’s contract only has little over a year left on it. Therefore, he could be available for a cut-price fee this summer.

Porto insist otherwise, as it is claimed they want €40m for his signature. However, Chelsea could still strike a bargain deal.

The winger has a release clause of just €25m active until July. If Chelsea can stump up that amount in time, Porto will be powerless to keep him.

Chelsea will get the chance to observe Corona up close when they face Porto in the Champions League quarter-finals. The two-legged tie will take place next month, giving the Mexico international a chance to impress.

Only time will tell if Chelsea firm up their interest into a move, and if so, whether he would be able to dislodge the likes of Ziyech or Pulisic.

Contacts between club and player were already established back in May, according to his agent.


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Meanwhile, Chelsea have been linked with another attacker, who plays more centrally – Paulo Dybala.

Erling Haaland is understood to be one of the Blues’ main targets at centre-forward. However, Dybala has different characteristics and can thrive in either a no.10 role or further forward.

According to Marca, Chelsea and their London rivals Tottenham could take advantage of Dybala’s uncertain situation at Juventus.

It is believed that the Argentine will be put up for sale for a fee in the region of €45m.

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