Chelsea have been quietly seeking an opportunity to secure a summer sale for one of their attacking players, according to a shock new report.
The Blues’ 2020/21 campaign was very much a season of two halves. They stuttered under Frank Lampard and were ninth in the Premier League at the time of his sacking. In stark contrast, they became a force to be reckoned with under new boss Thomas Tuchel.
The German went 14 games without defeat after joining the club. The remarkable turnaround culminated in their Champions League victory over Manchester City.
Having ended the season on a high note, it can be easy to forget the earlier disappointment surrounding some of the fresh faces they acquired last summer.
Lampard spent serious money having previously been restricted by a transfer embargo.
The two deals that cost the most were for German pair Timo Werner and Kai Havertz.
Neither hit the ground running at Stamford Bridge, but it was only fair to afford them some time to adapt to the change from Bundesliga to Premier League.
Havertz, aged three years younger than Werner, arguably has slightly less pressure on him than his fellow countryman.
However, Werner was brought in with the hope of scoring goals for fun, which he failed to deliver on. His performances continued to frustrate Blues fans and his composure in front of goal often let him down.
Indeed, it was Havertz who found the winner in the final against City after the former RB Leipzig man had fluffed a massive chance.
And now it appears his inconsistency has left his position with the club vulnerable. According to Sky Germany, Chelsea have been asking around to see if anybody wants to sign him in the transfer window.
The report states the club are not actively seeking a buyer, but rather are looking for an ‘appropriate opportunity’.
Selling Werner is not ‘compulsory’ and Tuchel and co are said to still be ‘betting’ on the 25-year-old to deliver next season.
Werner used as makeweight
One such opportunity they apparently deem appropriate is using him in a swap deal for Erling Haaland.
With Jadon Sancho’s move to Man Utd a step away from completion, Chelsea’s pursuit of Haaland is quickly becoming the number one transfer story of the summer.
Widespread reports have stated the goal machine will be available for just £64m next summer. This is as a result of a clause in his contract.
Waiting until then will see Chelsea forced to compete with the likes of Man Utd and Real Madrid, hence their desire to pay over the odds to secure a move this window.
Per Football Insider, Chelsea have offered Werner as part of a deal to bring Haaland to Stamford Bridge. They report Dortmund have rejected the proposal.