Freiburg director responds to Chelsea's reported interest in Luca Waldschmidt
Freiburg sports director Klemens Hartenbach has confirmed interest in Gian-Luca Waldschmidt but said there has been no contact from other clubs.
A few days ago, a report from the Sun claimed Chelsea would open talks 0ver a possible £20million deal for the 23-year-old.
If the report were true, Waldschmidt is likely seen as a possible replacement for Olivier Giroud whose contract has entered its final months or Michy Batshuayi who could leave Stamford Bridge in pursuit of regular game time.
Waldschmidt has netted five times and provided an assist in 15 Bundesliga appearances this season, although he started in just nine of them.
The German international turned heads when he became the top scorer in Euro Under-21 last year with record-equalling seven goals in five games.
His style of play is often compared to former German forward Lukas Podolski as he enjoys playing from a deeper position.
This could provide Frank Lampard a fresh weapon if he joins Chelsea, since the options available at Chelsea; Tammy, Giroud and Batshuayi all thrive inside the penalty box.
However, Freiburg sports director Hartenbach played down the striker’s move to Chelsea speculation.
He told Bild: “It is clear that the Luca is rightly interesting for other clubs.
“But in that case there was no contact. We don’t know anything.”
At the moment, Waldschmidt is still under contract with Freiburg until June 2022 and according to the aforementioned report from the Sun, the Bundesliga side may try to spark an auction.
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