Chelsea may have missed out on securing their first piece of silverware of the Frank Lampard era on Saturday, being beaten 2-1 by Arsenal in the FA Cup final at Wembley, but there is plenty of excitement and optimism around Stamford Bridge ahead of next season.
That is because the Blues, who face German giants Bayern Munich in the second-leg of their UEFA Champions League last-16 tie on Saturday, are making some shrewd moves in the summer transfer market.
The window may have only officially opened last week, but the Blues ensured they remained one step ahead of the curve by getting deals sewn up before the shutters on the transfer window had even been lifted.
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First, the club sealed the signing of Morocco international Hakim Ziyech from Dutch giants Ajax before landing RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner in a deal worth more than £50million.
The addition of Werner, who has already started to train with his new Chelsea teammates at the club’s Cobham training base, is a real statement of intent by the Stamford Bridge club and underlines the club’s desire to compete for the Premier League title next season.
In Werner, Chelsea have added a player to their ranks who will offer pace, athleticism and goals, with the 24-year-old having earned plenty of praise over the last few seasons in the Bundesliga.
During the 2019/20 campaign, Werner, who would have hoped to have led the line for Germany at this summer’s European Championships had they not been called off because of the coronavirus pandemic, netted a total of 34 goals in 45 games across all competitions.
Statistics like that highlight just why Chelsea were so desperate to land him this summer.
And after just over week of training with his new teammates, one of them – Christian Pulisic – is already singing the praises of the Blues’ newest…