Chelsea are reportedly set to open talks over a potential summer transfer deal for young Freiburg forward Luca Waldschmidt.
The 23-year-old forward has impressed in the Bundesliga this season, as well as at youth level for Germany, with Frank Lampard keeping tabs on the player for some time, according to The Sun.
The report reveals that the Stamford Bridge outfit are now set to open talks over a £20m deal for Waldschmidt, with Lampard looking to add to his striking options – with Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi set to move on at the end of the season.
Lampard is keen to turn the Blues back into title contenders, but that could mean a major revamp to his squad – with the striking department seemingly in need of a big overhaul.
Chelsea chiefs are expected to hand the club legend a healthy transfer kitty to bring in some of his top targets, and it would appear that Waldschmidt could be a bargain addition to the squad.
Waldschmidt has scored 15 goals in 48 total appearances for Freiburg, having signed from Hamburg in a €5million deal in the summer of 2018.
Lampard hopes to land four or five players this summer, adding to a crop of talented youngsters at Chelsea, including the likes of Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Reece James, Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Billy Gilmour.
Meanwhile, fresh interest from Manchester United and Arsenal is causing Chelsea to speed up their negotiations to sign Napoli forward Dries Mertens, according to reports.
Mertens will be a free agent at the end of the season, and despite previous optimism in Naples that he would renew his deal with the Serie A side, the signature is no closer, meaning there is set to be a scramble for his acquisition. Read more…