Frank Lampard makes transfer demand to Marina Granovskaia which could worry Timo Werner
Frank Lampard has reportedly demanded that Chelsea sign another new striker in the summer transfer window, potentially threatening Timo Werner’s starting berth at Stamford Bridge. The German is one of two major new arrivals already secured ahead of next season, alongside Moroccan winger Hakim Ziyech.
The pair have been targeted as part of a squad overhaul, with Chelsea now in negotiations with Bayer Leverkusen for another attacker in the form of Kai Havertz.
Werner is expected to come straight into the Chelsea starting XI after a prolific campaign which saw him score 34 goals in 45 appearances for RB Leipzig across all competitions this term.
The Blues wasted no time in triggering the German international’s £53million release clause after it became clear a move to Liverpool was not going to take place.
The 24-year-old’s arrival will see both Olivier Giroud and Tammy Abraham slip down the pecking order in Lampard’s squad, while Havertz’s expected arrival will also ramp up competition for places.
However, reports now suggest Chelsea manager Lampard has demanded yet another attacking signing to bolster the Blues’ armoury.
Football Insider claim the west London club are keen on acquiring another “stellar” centre-forward who can offer competition to Werner.
The Blues boss is supposedly set to ask club director Marina Granovskaia for further investment, despite a new goalkeeper, left-back and central defender already identified as priorities in the summer.
Current first-choice striker Giroud has been excellent since the end of lockdown, enjoying a run of six goals in six starts to help secure Champions League qualification.
That form earned the 33-year-old a 12-month contract extension but the World Cup winner is not a long-term option.
Meanwhile, Abraham is yet to sign a new deal despite extensive talks – although a one-year extension was triggered last month.
The 22-year-old, who scored 17 goals this season, wants parity with fellow academy graduate Callum Hudson-Odoi who recently signed a £120,000-a-week deal.
When asked about Abraham’s contract last month, Lampard said: “I don’t want to get into clauses, that could open me up to many questions but I’ve said he’s not at a critical stage of his contract.
“He needs to focus on playing and there will be plenty of time to sit down after [the season ends].”
Michy Batshuayi is Chelsea’s only other senior striker and the Belgian is expected to be sold this summer, if a buyer can be found.