Werner the next Drogba, Thiago wants Prem move, Havertz deal claim, can Chelsea lure Alaba to Bridge in icchelseanews roundup…
Striker Timo Werner is capable of becoming Chelsea’s new Didier Drogba, says Frank Sinclair.
After months of transfer speculation regarding the young man, who was heavily tipped to sign with Premier League Champions Liverpool, we activated that clause and got a deal done.
Frank Lampard knew that he needed to add some more goals to this attack and after seeing Werner net an impressive 34 goals in just 45 games last season, the Blues made sure to get the deal done quickly.
Drogba became a talismanic presence under a number of coaches, with over 150 goals recorded and 12 major honours collected – including four league titles and a Champions League crown.
And Sinclair believes a proven goalscorer boasts all of the attributes required to star for us
“[Hakim] Ziyech has shown Chelsea fans that he is a super player from their games against Ajax in the earlier rounds of the Champions League so I’m really looking forward to seeing him play,” former Blues defender Sinclair told Gentingbet
“I think Werner is what I think Chelsea have not had for a while, probably since the Didier Drogba days of a real top-class striker who has pace and is a very tricky player as well.
“There’s rumours about Kai Havertz, but I think there’s a lot of clubs that will be in for him, as he’s a terrific attacking midfield player so we’ll wait and see.
“For me, I think the team needs strengthening in the defensive department with probably a left-back, which is something that’s been talked about and perhaps another centre-half as well.”
Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick has hinted that Chelsea target Thiago Alcantara could be on his way to the Premier League
There has been some shock reports circling the media over the past few weeks that Thiago is done in the Bundesliga and is keen to leave Bayern in the transfer widow, with reports suggesting that Liverpool are winning the race to sign the Brazilian star.
We are also linked with a move to try and sign the gifted midfielder in the transfer window, as Frank Lampard seeks to improve the side and possibly find an adequate replacement for the departing Willian
It is believed that Thiago is not happy with the contract offer that Bayern have reportedly placed on the table and now wants to leave the club this transfer window, with the Premier League in his sights.
He told Sport1: “I can understand when a player is concerned.
“Thiago played in Spain for FC Barcelona and in the Bundesliga for FC Bayern Munich.
“If he wants to try again in the Premier League now, I totally understand. But it would be a shame because Thiago gives our game that certain something.
“That’s why I would like, as a coach, to have him on the team for the next few years, but that’s life. It would go on.”
Italian Fabrizio Romano has claimed Chelsea’s imminent signing of Kai Havertz means they will be priced out of a move for Jan Oblak.
Havertz has been in the transfer headlines for months now as we have made him the clubs number one transfer target this summer, and it is widely expected that he will make that move to the Bridge once the Europa League season is over.
However, is we do manage to secure a deal for the German, it will mean that they may not be able to sanction big deals for the likes of Oblak or Marc Andre Ter-Stegen, and Romano claims cheaper targets Andre Onana and Nick Pope are top of their list of potential goalkeepers.
He told the Beautiful Game podcast: “They have a list, they have a list for the goalkeeper.
“They have to consider if they are going to sign Havertz, they can spend money for too many players like they did for [Hakim] Ziyech, they did for [Timo] Werner and they hope to do for Havertz.
“If they sign Havertz, they have a list and they will consider [Andre] Onana for sure.
“Another name is [Nick] Pope, at the moment it’s so, so difficult to see a big name like Ter Stegen or Oblak to Chelsea.
“As I said, they’re going to spend so much on the team this season and to sign a goalkeeper for €120million is so difficult.
“[Jan] Oblak and [Marc-Andre] Ter Stegen are really difficult targets but I think Onana is on the list.”
Ex-Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness says that David Alaba will not be lured away from the club, with Chelsea linked.
The 28-year-old defender has made 382 appearances for the Bundesliga giants, winning nine league titles during his time in Munich, but there has been some shock speculation that he could leave the club this summer after failing to agree a new contract.
That has led to speculation that Frank Lampard is very interested in making a £50 million offer to try and tempt Alaba to the Premier League and solve his massive issues at left-back.
But now Hoeness also says that he believes Alaba’s future remains with Bayern, as he says that moving to any other club would be a step backwards for the defender.
“I can only say from my own experience that the last million is not that important,” he told DAZN and Goal. “He gets a secure job here, a lot of fun, home, a lot of love from the fans and acceptance, which he would have to work for at another club.
“There is no club that is as familiar, cosy and pleasant as FC Bayern. For him it would perhaps be a step forward financially, but in all other areas it would be a step backwards.
“And according to my feeling, at least the clubs he would like to go to have never knocked, fortunately. And that’s why I hope that he will stay.”
Alaba is a world class player that would be loved here, so we need to keep a close eye, as we would be foolish not to make a move.