Report: Chelsea could now sign a striker and then sell 26-year-old this summer, he wants out

Reports suggest the idea of leaving Chelsea is continuing to grow on Timo Werner.

According to the Daily Mail though, the German will need to wait for the Blues to sign another attacker in order for him to be allowed to leave either permanently or on loan.

Despite scoring the club’s opening goal of pre-season, the 26-year-old made it clear during the tour of the United States that he would be open to a move away from Stamford Bridge, in order to gain more playing time in a World Cup year.

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This surprised his manager Thomas Tuchel, who hinted that he should feel privileged being at the club he is at, with them winning the Champions League together just a year ago.

However, the Daily Mail have claimed the club are making signing a new striker one of their top priorities, opening the door for Werner to move away.

Chelsea want striker to replace Werner

The Blues have reportedly already tried on a number of occasions to shift the Germany international, with him being offered as part of a swap deal in the failed attempt at signing Matthijs de LIgt.

It was also claimed that he was used as a last-minute hijack attempt for PSG’s signing of Nordi Mukiele, which would have set up a reunion with former club RB Leipzig.

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It is currently unclear which forwards the Blues are making their top targets, although rumours suggesting they’re keeping tabs on Newcastle United’s Allan Saint-Maximin fail to go away.

The Frenchman would differ to Werner in the fact that he’s a lot more comfortable with the ball at his feet, potentially allowing his fellow forwards to find more space.

However, his ability to contribute regular goals is something supporters will question, making it possible that it could be more of the same in terms of contributions from their wingers.

Jack is a football journalist who graduated from the University of Derby. He has freelanced for The Athletic and The Sun. Jack has reported live from Premier League and Championship grounds, whilst also being published in the Non League Paper.