Timo Werner remains ‘desperate’ to prove his worth at Chelsea and that complicates any chance of him leaving the club this summer, a prospect that may need to materialise if the Blues are to finance a deal for Erling Haaland. Borussia Dortmund are continuing to hold firm in negotiations and insist Haaland is not for sale at any price.
There has been some element of speculation that a bid of £150million would be enough to get the deal over the line.
However, that line of thinking has been received with an element of surprise in west London.
Chelsea chiefs are adamant from their dialogue with Borussia Dortmund so far that the Bundesliga club will not alter their stance.
Nonetheless, the Blues are continuing to work around the clock to try and devise a transfer package that could twist Dortmund’s arm.
Tammy Abraham and Callum Hudson-Odoi were offered in a potential player-plus-cash proposal but Dortmund held firm.
Now it’s been suggested that Chelsea could offer Werner, a player who has already proven himself in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig, to try and broker a transfer.
However, according to Eurosport, Werner has already outlined his determination to prove himself at Chelsea.
It was a difficult first season in England for Werner despite winning the Champions League.
He managed just six Premier League goals and netted a further four in Europe.
His numbers will be expected to improve if he is to remain a mainstay in Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI.
Meanwhile, Real Madrid have also been linked with a move for Werner.
Yet while the interest is likely to boost his confidence, the German wants to focus on getting back to his best in his new colours.
Haaland would be keen on a move to Chelsea but will respect his contract with Dortmund.
His potential hasn’t stopped his agent Mino Raiola from talking with a whole host of clubs including Barcelona and Real Madrid.
Both clubs are expected to re-enter the race next summer when Haaland’s £64m release clause comes into play.
Chelsea will continue to pursue the 20-year-old goal machine in the coming weeks though while Robert Lewandowski has been lined up as a potential alternative.