If uncertainty over finances and precisely how and when football returns cause Liverpool to hold off on completing their transfer for Timo Werner in time to take advantage of his £50M release clause, Chelsea could be ready to swoop for him.
That’s the chatter today from some of the less reputable rumour mongers in the English rumour mongering firmament, with the likes of Metro and Kicker now talking up Chelsea’s simmering interest in the 24-year-old German striker.
While Tammy Abraham has impressed in his first full season at the club, the 22-year-old scoring 15 goals in 34 total appearances so far, manager Frank Lampard has persistently been rumoured to want to bring in more options up front.
When Werner looked a Liverpool lock, Chelsea were stuck being linked with the likes of Edinson Cavani in January, though the high cost of bringing in the now 33-year-old chiseled Uruguayan was in the end said put off Lampard’s Blues.
If we’re being honest, we really have no idea what to think off all this. Mostly because there’s no football and even if it will hopefully maybe possibly return behind closed doors in a month or so, there’s really no certainty on that front.
Nor is there any certainty what finances will look like across Europe when it does return, which means we can understand talk of Liverpool taking a wait and see approach more than claims that Chelsea are ready to swoop and spend big.
In the end, if Liverpool want Werner and can make a deal make sense, it’s still likeliest he ends up at Anfield next season—whenever next season happens. And if it doesn’t, chances are he’ll remain in Germany for another year.