Chelsea are reportedly considering offloading German star Timo Werner following a woeful season in front of goal – and may use the 25-year-old to tempt Erling Haaland to the club.
The 25-year-old, who joined the west London club from RB Leipzig last July for £47.5million, managed just six goals in 35 Premier League games and wasted a lot of golden chances during his debut campaign in England.
According to Sky Sport in Germany, the Champions League holder keen to cash in on Werner this summer and sounded out the possibility of swapping him for Haaland, who establish himself as one of the hottest properties in Europe.
The 20-year-old forward enjoyed a stunning first full season at Borussia Dortmund last term, scoring 27 times in 28 Bundesliga games and bagging 41 goals with additional of seven assists across all competitions.
The west London club are said to accept that any offer to Dortmund to get arguably world football’s hottest young talent would require a player plus cash offer and may need to pay him more than top earner N’Golo Kante, who earns £290,000 a week.
However, the Bundesliga giants are said to have completely rejected the idea of a swap deal and are known for driving a hard bargain, as can be seen with the Jadon Sancho saga.
The latest club to have reportedly registered an interest in Haaland are Juventus, who said to be looking to sign the Norwegian star next summer as Cristiano Ronaldo’s replacement.
Haaland’s mind meanwhile seems very much on playing for his current club this season.
He told Stadium Astro: ‘I talked a little bit with new manager Marco Rose. I know him from before because I had six months with him in Salzburg. He’s a nice guy and I look forward to working with him.’