There have been several reports suggesting that Chelsea are interested in signing Red Bull Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

The 23-year-old is seen as one of the most exciting young strikers in world football, with his blistering speed and clinical finishing being two of his key attributes. He has already scored 12 Bundesliga goals this season in 12 appearances and has also provided four assists.

A hefty fee would no doubt be demanded for the German forward, so the club may want to look at some other options available. Here are three alternatives to signing Timo Werner.

Lautaro Martinez

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The Argentine is another young striker whose name is on everyone’s lips at the moment. After breaking into the Inter Milan side last season, he has developed into a dangerous hitman. With six goals in 11 Serie A appearances this season, the 22-year-old is showing his potential.

Similarly to Werner, his club would demand a hefty fee, but with Lukaku also in their ranks, would the Italian side be more likely to let go?

Fedor Chalov

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A lesser-known name that could prove to be a thrifty alternative is CSKA Moscow striker Fedor Chalov. At just 21, Chalov will only get better and has netted five goals so far this campaign.

Owner Abramovich is a big fan of the Russian, and he could be a cheaper alternative to the likes of Werner and Martinez. He is also likely to be more satisfied initially playing a bit part role behind Tammy Abraham if a move to Stamford Bridge were to materialize.

Trust Michy Batshuayi

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The cheapest alternative is to not sign a striker at all, and trust what you have in your ranks.

Batshuayi is that man and seems to have a habit of popping up with important goals when it matters. It seems unlikely that he will ever be an elite striker, but he does offer something, and certainly has the backing of former blue Joe Cole.

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