Chelsea striker pursuit hots up as Champions League duo are scouted

Date published: Wednesday 11th December 2019 1:32 - Steve Pearson

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Chelsea sent scouts to a crunch clash between Olympique Lyonnais and RB Leipzig on Tuesday night as their quest for striking reinforcements gained traction.

The Blues have been boosted by the recent news that they will be free to sign new players in January after their transfer ban spanning two windows was halved.

The development has sparked a flurry of transfer rumours and speculation regarding Frank Lampard’s men, with options in the forward positions particularly prevalent.

With ageing trio Olivier Giroud, Willian and Pedro all becoming free agents in the summer, high profile moves for the likes of Jadon Sancho have been touted.

Now, British newspaper the Daily Mail have revealed that Chelsea scouted lethal strikers Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele during the recent encounter between Leipzig and Lyon.

The article reveals that Chelsea ‘had a healthy contingent of staff in the stands’, though neither striker performed impressively on the night.

Werner did notch via the penalty spot, however, increasing his goals tally to a remarkable 20 from 22 matches across all competitions.

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Dembele, on the other hand, has notched 10 times for the French side, though is yet to get off the mark for Lyon as they advanced to the knockout stages in a hotly-contested group via a 2-2 draw on the night.

Meanwhile, ex-United legend Rio Ferdinand has revealed the one key area he believes Chelsea’s Tammy Abraham outshines Marcus Rashford.

Despite both strikers getting off to a flying start this season, the ex-centre-half was able to pinpoint a difference in mentality that separates the two English hitmen.

 

 

“He’s [Abraham] going to score a tremendous amount of goals because what he does is he wants to be in between the sticks, he wants to be in the centre of the goals to score goals,” Ferdinand told BT Sport.

“He’s somebody who’s hungry and got a desire to score. It’s a very good finish, it’s clean and clinical. He makes it look easy, it’s not an easy finish.

“What I love about Tammy is his first instinct, his first thought is ‘get me in there, get me in there to hurt the opposition, get me in there to score goals’.  It’s the positioning, some people will tell [Marcus] Rashford to get in that position and he’ll score five, six, seven, eight goals a season more.

 

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