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Chelsea to battle Liverpool for this prolific 25-goal striker

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Chelsea and Liverpool to fight it out for Timo Werner

Chelsea face competition from Premier League leaders Liverpool for the signature of RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner. (h/t Mirror)

The German international has enjoyed a prolific season having scored 25 goals and 7 assists in 26 appearances for the Bundesliga leaders. (h/t Whoscored)

The Blues will be hard-pressed to secure the striker in the January transfer window. Werner has ruled out any chances of him moving this month but could be open to one in the future.

Timo Werner

Leipzig are unlikely to want to sell the player who has accounted for 39% of their goals in the Bundesliga as they maintain a 4 point lead over Bayern Munich.

European Champions Liverpool are also in the fray for the striker. Manager Jurgen Klopp has been a long term admirer of the German forward and looks set to rival the Blues for his signature. Werner is expected to cost about £60 million.

The goalscoring messiah?

Chelsea have largely depended on Tammy Abraham to play as the first-choice striker this season. The 22-year-old has repaid Lampard’s trust in him by scoring 15 goals and 4 assists in 29 appearances this season. (h/t Whoscored)

However, with Oliver Giroud out of favor and Michy Batshuayi out of sorts, the Blues have been too dependent on Abraham to get goals.

Abraham’s goal tally of 15 accounts for a quarter of Chelsea’s goals this season with Christian Pulisic a distant second at 6. The over-reliance on the striker was on display at Newcastle where the Blues dominated for long parts of the game without being able to score.

Playing the youngster every game could risk him burning out. Given the effect it has had on Rashford, Chelsea will do well to rest the youngster when needed.

Werner would have given Lampard a reliable option to choose from helping him lessen the loan on Abraham. It is possible that Chelsea could have even landed Werner this month had Erling Haaland moved to Leipzig rather than Borussia Dortmund.

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With Leipzig looking to win their first Bundesliga title, it is unlikely that they will part with Werner in the January transfer window. Whether Chelsea will look to sign the striker in the summer remains to be seen.

Werner has represented the German national team 29 times and has scored 11 goals.

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Chelsea keen on signing rising Premier League star worth over £80m

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Chelsea keen on signing Ben Chilwell in the summer

Chelsea are preparing a move for Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell in the summer transfer window, according to Football.London. The 23-year-old came up through the youth ranks at Leicester before making his Premier League debut in 2016 against Everton.

He has since gone on to establish himself as one of the league’s best left-backs. Chilwell has made 22 appearances for the Foxes this season and has scored two goals and three assists. (h/t Whoscored)

Left-back is a position that the Blues need to address this summer. Marcos Alonso is out of favour and Emerson has been linked with a return to Serie A.

Ben Chilwell
Ben Chilwell is one of the league’s best left-backs

At just 23, Chilwell has the potential to nail down the position at Chelsea for years to come. He is also well experienced in the Premier League to come in and make an immediate impact.

He is defensively solid and does well in one vs ones. His attacking qualities have also improved, with the player able to push up the pitch and deliver crosses with increasing accuracy.

Manchester City is also interested in the player with Leicester set to demand over £80million for his services.

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Interestingly Chilwell was sent off for the only time in his career so far against Chelsea. The defender has also won 11 caps for the England national team.

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Chelsea to battle Premier League duo for this £63 million star

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Chelsea to battle Arsenal and Manchester City for Isco

According to Spanish publication El Desmarque (h/t Daily Mail), Chelsea are set to battle it out with Arsenal and Manchester City for Real Madrid’s Isco.

Madrid intends to use the 27-year-old’s sale to help finance the transfer for Kylian Mbappe.

Zinedine Zidane is keen on bringing in the PSG star and Fiorentina Perez is keen to make his manager’s wish come true.

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Isco has struggled for regular starts at Real Madrid (Image credit: Getty)

Isco is valued at £63 million and the amount will go some way in financing what is likely to be a hefty transfer fee for Mbappe.

Chelsea have already agreed to sign Ajax star Hakim Ziiyech in the summer. With the arrival of the Moroccan star adding to the presence of Mason Mount and Ross Barkley, its a matter of debate if Chelsea will indeed bid for Isco. (h/t Express)

The report also goes on to claim that Isco could be used as a makeweight in the Mbappe deal with PSG.

Isco is an upgrade over Barkley and Mount and is also much more experienced. A four-time winner of the UEFA Champions League, the Spaniard has the fortitude of a winner and should add immensely to a young Chelsea squad.

the 27-year-old is a former Golden Boy winner and was also nominated for the UEFA Champions League squad of the season for 2016-17.

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Isco has found opportunities hard to come by this season. He has made just 19 appearances for Real Madrid with six of them coming off the bench. (h/t Whoscored)

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Not Giroud – This veteran star could extend Chelsea contract

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Pedro could sign contract extension to stay at Chelsea

Spanish World Cup winner Pedro could extend his stay at Chelsea. (h/t Football London)

The 32-year-old’s Chelsea contract expires in the summer. He has been linked with a move to the MLS with a return to Spain also on the cards.

Pedro had earlier been linked with a move to Japan to reunite with former Barcelona and Spain teammate, Andreas Iniesta.

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Pedro’s Chelsea contract expires in the summer

Chelsea manager Frank Lampard, however, has lent his opinion on the matter. He has stated that neither Willian nor Pedro’s future is in no way related to the imminent arrival of Hakim Ziyech and that conversations are undergoing with both players.

Although Lampard had mentioned about the prospect of Willian extending earlier, this is the first time that the Chelsea manager has mentioned Pedro.

Since joining Chelsea in 2015, Pedro has made 196 appearances for the London club and has scored 42 goals. He played a key role in Chelsea’s Premier League victory in 2017 and the UEFA Europa League in 2019.

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Pedro has found himself on the fringes this season. Lampard’s youth revolution has limited the Catalan veteran’s appearances this season.

He has made just 12 appearances this season scoring one goal. (h/t Whoscored)

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Manager confirms Chelsea transfer for ace Eredivisie midfielder

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Erik ten Hag confirms Hakim Ziyech transfer to Chelsea

Ajax Amsterdam manager Erik ten Hag has confirmed star midfielder Hakim Ziyech’s transfer to Chelsea. (h/t Metro)

Chelsea boss Frank Lampard had identified Ziyech as a transfer target in January. He has now got his man.

The 26-year-old joined Ajax from FC Twente in 2016. He has since gone on to make 157 appearances for the club. Ziyech was instrumental in Ajax’s fairy tale run to the UEFA Champions League semifinals last season.

The Moroccan scored three goals and three assists as the Dutch giants overcame the likes of Real Madrid and Juventus.

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Hakim Ziyech played a crucial role in Ajax’s run to the UCL semi finals last season

Ziyech will cost Chelsea £38 million, a fee significantly lower than what Jadon Sancho is set to command. Ten Hag has stated that the club have been braced for the player’s departure for some time now.

“Ziyech to Chelsea? A transfer was coming, we expected it to happen.”

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Ten Hag went on to state that he had expected a transfer to take place earlier and is happy to have the player available until the end of the season (h/t Metro).

The Ajax boss went to express his pride in the player and termed Chelsea a ‘fantastic club’ as he conveyed his happiness for the player (h/t Metro).

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Chelsea are set to hand Lampard a sizable transfer kitty of £150 million in the summer.

The club are keen to bring in at least four players in the window with a striker, left-back and a central defender the priorities.

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