Chelsea have a decision to make over Timo Werner and Jadon Sancho transfers

Chelsea’s need for reinforcements up front is well-documented. While the likes of Tammy Abraham, Mason Mount, Christian Pulisic and the incoming Hakim Ziyech provide an exciting and improving young crop to build around, that elite-level striker is missing.

In years gone by, Eden Hazard filled that role beautifully. The Belgian could single-handedly win matches, picking up the ball on the halfway line, beating three, four, even five defenders, then sliding a finish into the bottom corner of the opposition net.

Very few players are capable of such moments, and yet Hazard produced them often for the Blues.

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Chelsea are looking to revive their attacking verve in the wake of Hazard’s exit for Real Madrid last year.

And this need is only intensified by Pedro, Willian and Olivier Giroud all being on the verge of departing too when their contracts expire at the end of the season.

The two names that have been most often linked with a move to Stamford Bridge when the transfer window opens again are Jadon Sancho and Timo Werner.

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According to football journalist Gabrielle Marcotti, speaking to BTP Media Network, Sancho “would prefer a move back home, in other words to London where he grew up”, despite interest from Manchester United.

Meanwhile, German outlet Kicker reported in April that Chelsea are ready to make a serious bid to sign Werner. Liverpool are also in the race.

Realistically, the Blues can only afford one. Sancho will cost north of £100m, while Werner reportedly has a release clause in his contract of about £52m.

In normal times, it would be surprising to see Chelsea spend so lavishly when they have other needs in their squad. And given the current financial pressures at the Bridge, that is even more unlikely.

Werner could be perfect for Frank Lampard’s Chelsea gameplan