Timo Werner joining Chelsea ahead of Liverpool can work in Jose Mourinho and Tottenham’s favour
Chelsea have already made a massive statement ahead of the 2020/21 season with Timo Werner on course to join from RB Leipzig.
The German international has made quite a name for himself in the Bundesliga over the past few seasons and his form has sparked interest from a number of Europe’s top clubs.
Amid previous speculation that he would head to Liverpool this summer to link up with fellow countryman Jurgen Klopp, the west London club appear to have won the race for the 24-year-old in a £53million deal.
Already adding Ajax ace Hakim Ziyech to their squad for next campaign, Frank Lampard has moved very quickly indeed to strengthen his attack even further to send a real message out to their top-six rivals.
Tottenham fans will be hoping that Daniel Levy can give Jose Mourinho similar money to spend over the coming months but the coronavirus pandemic, as well as the fact that they may miss out on Champions League football, means that the Lilywhites will have limited money to play with.
One area the club must strengthen ahead of next season is upfront as Mourinho has a lack of out-and-out strikers to choose from.
It was criminal not to bring in a replacement for Fernando Llorente last summer and it came back to haunt Spurs in January when Harry Kane limped off with a hamstring injury at Southampton on New Year’s Day.
Son Heung-min and Lucas have proved over the past couple of seasons that they can fill in through the middle if needed, with youngster Troy Parrott also an option for the head coach to call upon despite his lack of experience.
Chelsea striker Olivier Giroud was heavily linked with a move across the capital at the turn of the year but a deal never came to fruition and he remained in SW6.
Mourinho and Spurs may revisit the possibility of signing the French international once the season comes to a close and what could help them is Werner’s pending move to Stamford Bridge.
Lampard has three strikers available to him at present and that may seen one of them exit with the German international coming in.
As Tammy Abraham will be going nowhere after hitting 15 goals in a terrific breakthrough season, it would be one of Giroud or Batshuayi who would most likely head for the exit door if someone does move on.
The former proved his worth prior to football going on pause with brilliant performances after a frustrating first half of the season, while the latter had had to make do with a bit-part role off the bench since August.
Giroud did appear on course to leave the club on a free transfer this summer but he has since committed to the club for another year after penning a contract extension in May.
However, that doesn’t mean his future is strictly at Chelsea as the Blues can now get a fee for him if they decide to move him on instead of losing him for absolutely nothing.
Both Giroud and Batshuayi are out of contract in west London this time next year and that means Chelsea have a decision to make over them sooner rather than later.
The ex-Arsenal man would be a great fit for Mourinho and Spurs due to his attributes and the fact he has plenty of experience in the Premier League makes a potential move a bit of a no-brainer.
The hard part would be agreeing on terms with Chelsea for his services as they would be dealing with a direct rival and strengthening them in the process.
Werner’s pending move to west London is going to mean there is some movement in the transfer market at Stamford Bridge and it may pave the way for Giroud to exit now they have a world-class striker coming in.