Frank Lampard is keen to pursue the £51m-rated Timo Werner, but has doubts over how it could adversely affect Tammy Abraham.
Chelsea are likely to spend in the January transfer market having been unable to do so in the summer due to their transfer ban.
The Blues watched Eden Hazard leave for Real Madrid but were unable to replace the Belgian or strengthen in any other area.
Lampard is keen to make up for lost time and has his sights set on the RB Leipzig frontman who has scored 18 times in the Bundesliga thus far.
A fee of £51m with trigger Werner’s release clause, but Lampard is keen not to halt Abraham’s development, reports The Times .
The young forward has flourished having been trusted by the Chelsea boss to lead the line and repaid that faith by scoring on 14 occasions including the winner at Arsenal last week.
Werner’s arrival may suggest that Abraham’s game time is about to suffer leaving Lampard with a difficult decision to make.
Timo Werner has been on top form for RB Leipzig this season
But if the 38-year-old doesn’t act he may find himself lacking options in attack and relying on Abraham’s fitness with his two alternatives set to leave.
Olivier Giroud is seeking more game time and may yet be part of a deal that brings Wilfried Zaha to Stamford Bridge.
Michy Batshuayi’s contract is up in the summer and it doesn’t look as if Chelsea will renew it.
The Blues have impressed this term with a young squad lacking in experience, but with the top four within their grasp Lampard is keen to take advantage of the January window.
A mega money move for Jadon Sancho has also been touted with his time at Borussia Dortmund seemingly winding down, but the club’s chiefs insist the England international will not be allowed to leave this month.