Chelsea’s January disappointment has at least guaranteed that the summer window will be lively. While the club spent much of last month trying, and ultimately failing, to bring in a new striker the knock-on effect is that those efforts will be redoubled at the end of the season.
Until then there is a renewed commitment and sense of faith in the young players who have clung on to fourth with some assistance from a faltering chasing pack.
Failing to seal a Champions League spot from here will still be considered a failure, though should they be usurped by Tottenham, Manchester United or Wolves Frank Lampard will always be able to point to last month as a rather valid excuse.
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But what does that disappointment mean for their summer transfer plans?
The club are already working on their list of targets and it extends far beyond merely adding a new striker.
That three other senior attacking players are out of contract further presses home the need to strengthen up front, while goalkeeper Willy Caballero’s deal is also set to expire (more on the goalkeeping situation later).
Willian’s situation remains unresolved – he wants a two-year deal, the club only offers players over the age of 30 a one-year extension – but he has been free to speak to other clubs as an imminent free agent and Barcelona remains a viable option for the Brazilian.
Pedro Rodriguez and Olivier Giroud, on the other hand, are highly unlikely to be given new contracts and are free to speak to other clubs regarding their futures too.
Ultimately that means two new attackers are a must, a third would be desirable.
Of the names mentioned in January a move for RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner would make plenty of sense. The 23-year-old, who is under contract until the summer of 2023, has spoken of his desire to play in the Premier League at some point…