Chelsea’s best and worst deadline day scenarios: Dries Mertens signs, Tammy Abraham exposed


Best case scenario

A striker arrives

From the outset, indeed well before this window opened, Frank Lampard has spoken of his team’s lack of cutting edge up front and their over-reliance on Tammy Abraham for goals. A new striker, therefore, has always been the number one priority.

Except Chelsea have struggled to lure any of their targets to Stamford Bridge and it means Dries Mertens has become their final throw of the dice with about 24 hours to go. The Belgium forward is out of contract at Napoli in the summer but is close to becoming the club record goalscorer and will not be short of suitors in the summer.

The Serie A side also notoriously drive hard bargains and the 33-year-old would cost about £8million despite having only six months left on his deal. As it stands no firm offer has been made, merely an informal enquiry but there is still the potential of something happening between now and 11pm on Friday.

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If he was to sign for Chelsea, the club will only offer a short-term deal because of his age but his versatility is considered a big positive by Lampard.

There is already a lengthy list of missed targets or at least players who will be revisited in the summer.

Timo Werner wants to stay at RB Leipzig until the end of the season because they are top of the Bundesliga and in the Champions League round of 16.

Edinson Cavani is understood to favour a move to Atletico Madrid and Paris Saint-Germain are also not willing to let him depart cheaply.

Wilfried Zaha, who was viewed as capable of filling a centre forward role as well as out wide, was too heavily priced by Crystal Palace at about £80million. And Lyon made their intentions regarding Moussa Dembele clear early on.

Chelsea are still working hard to find a resolution but the clock is ticking.

Left-field left back signing

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