Chelsea are considering including Timo Werner in a player-plus-cash transfer for Erling Haaland this summer, according to a report.
Haaland has become arguably the most coveted striker in European football since the start of last season.
His explosion on the Champions League scene earned him a move to Borussia Dortmund in December 2019.
However, the Norwegian has done anything but slow down, scoring 47 goals in 48 games since. As such, Chelsea, Manchester United and Manchester City all want the 20-year-old in their ranks.
The Manchester Evening News reported on Monday that United have made Haaland their top striker target heading into this summer’s transfer window.
According to Football Insider, however, Chelsea have an idea to tempt Dortmund into selling him to Stamford Bridge.
The Blues could include Werner, who moved from Dortmund’s Bundesliga rivals RB Leipzig last summer.
However, he has struggled to recreate the explosive form which earned him his move to west London. Indeed, he has only netted five Premier League goals in 28 games and has admitted that he is finding life tough.
Football Insider adds that club chiefs do not feel that Werner has hit the level expected of him when he joined.
Reports last week claimed that the club were looking into letting him go so soon into his contract. As such, this idea presents a step forward from Chelsea to connect them to a top target.
Werner could prove solid Haaland successor
In addition, Werner could prove a tempting acquisition for Dortmund. Finding a replacement for Haaland will prove an unenviable task, but they could do worse than a striker with a wealth of Bundesliga experience.
Werner has made 229 appearances in the German top flight, scoring 91 goals and assisted 42 others. Last season, meanwhile, he directly contributed to 47 strikes.
Chelsea reportedly recognise that it will ‘probably’ take at least £100million, either in a straight-up deal or involving another player, to sign Haaland.
Despite the coronavirus pandemic affecting club funds across Europe, Haaland’s age and potential mean his value is almost untouched.