Chelsea handed double transfer blow in pursuit of new striker
Chelsea have been linked with a few strikers ahead of the summer transfer window.
Frank Lampard still has three options to lead the attack; Tammy Abraham, Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud, but it will likely not be the case after the after this season ends.
Giroud’s contract will expire this season and, despite previously saying he is happy at Chelsea, there will likely be several tempting offers for him this summer.
Batshuayi still has another year in his contract at Stamford Bridge, but having fallen behind in the pecking order in Chelsea’s latest games, he could be offloaded in the summer to raise some funds for a new competition for Tammy.
There have been three strikers who are reportedly in Chelsea’s shortlist based on numerous reports. They are RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner (Sport1), Lyon’s Moussa Dembele (90min), and recently Inter Milan’s Lautaro Martinez (Marca).
But recent statements from two different parties suggest Chelsea are still far away from sealing a deal for a new striker.
Timo Werner (RB Leipzig)
The first statement comes from RB Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff who has played down a possibility of a summer transfer for Werner.
He told Sky Germany: “I’m deeply relaxed about Werner.
“He hasn’t signalled yet that he wants to leave at the end of the season and he doesn’t have to. He has a contract until 2023.”
Werner has had astonishing 21 goals and seven assists from 25 appearances in Bundesliga this season.
It’s safe to say he is one of Europe’s hottest players moment and to sign him, Chelsea will face fierce competition from several top clubs, including Liverpool.
Lautaro Martinez (Inter Milan)
The second blow for the Blues was from Martinez’s agent Beto Yaque.
According to a report from Spanish publication Marca, Chelsea and Manchester City have tabled more lucrative terms to Inter Milan and Martinez, compared to what Barcelona are offering.
However, the agent said Martinez has not really paid attention to the reports and signalled that his agent might stay at Inter beyond summer.
Yaque told Mundo Deportivo: “He treats it (the speculation) as if it is nothing, because he is only focused on his club.
“But surely there is great satisfaction knowing that he is doing things well.
“Lautaro has a five-year contract with Inter and the news that comes out is exclusively generated by the press.”
The 22-year-old has had 16 goals and one assist in all competitions for Inter this season.