Matt Law explained that Chelsea must sort out Tammy Abraham’s situation first before they can land another centre-forward this summer.
Speaking on the London is Blue podcast, Law claimed that the Blues have a lot riding on what happens to Abraham in the next month or so.
The 23-year-old is currently in the middle of great transfer speculation, as his future at Stamford Bridge seems in serious doubt.
There have been links to West Ham United, Leicester City, and Borussia Dortmund.
Surprisingly, the latest team to emerge is Arsenal, who the Sun say are now front runners for Abraham’s signature.
Laying down the Law
Chelsea are looking for around £40m (Telegraph) for their academy product, a fee which has put off several potential suitors.
Secure this particular sale and the Blues would be well on their way to the £150m (90min) reported target they need to sign Erling Haaland.
However, Law said that the club are not willing to plunge into such a hefty deal with Borussia Dortmund until Abraham’s circumstance is cleared up.
He said: “Tammy’s future is slightly tied up in what’s happening.
“I’m told that Chelsea A. don’t want to commit to a ridiculously high fee without knowing that there’s someone lined up for Tammy.
“And b. they also don’t want to sell Tammy now because (Olivier) Giroud’s gone, they’d be in a terrible situation in terms of negotiation for a striker, because they’d be walking round with money in their pockets and everyone knowing they are desperate for a striker.”
Of course, selling Abraham and not locating a backup would be very concerning from a Chelsea standpoint.
Following Giroud’s move to AC Milan, Thomas Tuchel is down to one recognised no.9.
Timo Werner and Kai Havertz can both play through the middle, although their best positions seem elsewhere.
Armando Broja recently signed a five-year contract extension, but he surely isn’t the answer to the Blues’ problems.
There are other options to explore.
Romelu Lukaku would be a slightly cheaper option to Haaland at around £100m (Athletic).
Robert Lewandowski is apparently on the radar, as is Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdzic.
Whatever happens, Chelsea need a striker, whether that be banking on ones they already have, or going all out for a new player.