Plenty of Chelsea supporters on social media leapt on the news that Danny Ings had turned down a fresh deal offered by Southampton.
According to The Athletic’s David Ornstein, the 28-year-old has discarded a new four-year contract that would make him the highest-paid player in Saints history.
His existing agreement runs out in 2022, with the club undergoing vigorous conversations to try and extend this period.
However, it seems Ings wants to challenge himself at a higher level, following Southampton’s swift slide down the Premier League table last season.
This latest update should have alerted plenty of clubs who are in the market for a new striker.
Blues fans certainly saw an opening to acquire a very decent centre-forward and urged Roman Abramovich to make a move for the England international.
Here’s how they reacted on Twitter:
It is no secret that Chelsea wants to sign an efficient goal-getter to lead Thomas Tuchel’s second revolution.
They have set their bar very high at Erling Haaland, whilst Romelu Lukaku’s name has also come up in conversation.
But if they fancied someone slightly closer to home and for a cheaper fee, Ings would not be a bad option.
He managed 13 goals during an injury-interrupted campaign last year.
That’s still more than anyone for Chelsea managed in the same period.
The Blues might need to act fast if they’re to secure Southampton’s no.9, as Manchester City, Manchester United, and Tottenham Hotspur are all said to be interested.