Chelsea look to be on the verge of signing Timo Werner for £54million, and it could be the big-money signing that gets the transfer window underway.
June is traditionally the month when things get started, and indeed it has often taken a high-profile move such as this one to create a chain reaction in the transfer market.
Werner’s move to Chelsea might just see all the moving parts fall into place, as hypotheticals become reality and other clubs urgently make decisions based on who is and isn’t available after Werner and Chelsea took decisive action.
The first domino having fallen, the next move is most likely Liverpool’s to make. The club need to find a replacement for Werner, and that could lead them to Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele, although the player’s agent recently told L’Equipe (h/t Metro ) that the player is unlikely to leave this year.
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However, Chelsea having spent their money on Werner suggests Liverpool’s rumoured interest in Kai Havertz could be concrete. The Bayer Leverkusen forward is one of the hottest properties in German football, and certainly his intelligence and versatility would suit Jurgen Klopp’s tactics.
Should Liverpool make a move for Havertz, that would seriously spark the window into life. Manchester United appear to have several big names on their shortlist, and if Havertz became unavailable that would likely jolt them into action – and lead to a more aggressive pursuit of Jack Grealish and Jadon Sancho.
Sancho has previously been linked with Chelsea, but with Werner arriving at Stamford Bridge that now clears the path for United to make their move.
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