Chelsea eyeing up potential swap deal for Juventus midfielder

Report: Chelsea have now considered buying 'sensational' midfielder, could trade Lampard signing for him

Chelsea forward Timo Werner could reportedly be about to end his time in England, as the Blues plan a swap deal.

Juventus’ Arthur Melo is the player the club are after, and according to Calcio Mercato Web are ready to offer the German to get the deal done.

London rivals Arsenal are keen on the Brazilian, with Tuttomercatoweb claiming personal terms between both parties had been agreed.

The midfielder joined the ‘Old Lady’ from Barcelona in 2020, making 63 appearances for them so far. The deal cost the Italian side more than £60m.

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He has also broken into the Brazilian national team on a number of occasions, making 22 appearances since his debut in 2018.

According to Calcio Mercato Web, Arthur “will certainly leave” Turin this summer, with him providing an asset they can offer the Blues.

Werner has struggled this season to establish himself as a crucial starter under Thomas Tuchel, contributing just four goals in the Premier League this season.

His highlight was undoubtedly putting the Blues in a dream position at the Bernabeu, scoring the goal which put them ahead on aggregate before they suffered extra-time heartache.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 07: Wolverhampton Wanderers’ Trincao battles for possession with Chelsea’s Timo Werner during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Stamford Bridge on May 7, 2022 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Stephanie Meek – CameraSport via Getty Images)

The potential suitors could be an ideal location for the 26-year-old however, whose priority is said to be “the arrival of at least one new great striker”.

This comes as Juventus have been hesitant to make the loan of Alvaro Morata a permanent deal, refusing to pay the previously agreed fee.

Newcastle United are one of a number of sides rumoured to be keen on the Spaniard, meaning the Italian side may have to look elsewhere for their attacking threat.

Massimiliano Allegri got a first-hand view of Werner’s talents, as the Germany international completed Chelsea’s 4-0 rout of his side at Stamford Bridge last season.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released