The Premier League normally ends before the summer transfer window opens; but due to the postponement of the season, assuming it continues and finishes as intended, it will not finish before the window opens. Whether this will push the transfer window or if they will allow transfers to occur at the end of this season is yet to be confirmed.
However, the craziness of this season has not stopped transfer rumors from rising. While these may not be the biggest rumors going on at the moment, they are ones that I am interested in.
To begin, Chelsea is being linked with two high profile players from the Bundesliga. The first is Timo Werner. Liverpool was heavily linked with The Reds for his pace and the idea of his counter-attacking ability that is utilized at RB Leipzig and at Liverpool; but recently Liverpool has apparently dropped out of the race for the striker’s signature due to financial reasons. This has upticked Chelsea’s interest in the striker as competition for the signature has fallen some. Would Werner be a good fit at Chelsea? In my opinion, not unless some other pieces are added. Werner is a great striker, but is a system-specific player and if the system isn’t set up for his strengths he won’t score as much as his current rate. Chelsea also have been praised for using their home-grown players, such as Tammy Abraham, who has seen a pretty successful season and plays in Timo Werner’s position. Oliver Giroud and Michy Batshuayi are also under contract at Chelsea and play as strikers.
The next Bundesliga player linked with Chelsea is Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen. Kai Havertz is normally deployed as an attacking central midfielder, but can play other attacking roles. The reason this is an interesting move, in my opinion, is that they have a home grown player in Mason Mount that plays in the attacking central midfielder position. Additionally, they have Hakim Ziyech joining the squad in the near future, who plays in the same roles as Havertz. Other attacking players that Chelsea have include, Christian Pulisic, Callum Hudson-Odoi and Willian. With all of the attacking options and money invested into these attacking positions, it would force some big name players pushed onto the bench where they will likely be unhappy. I do not see it working out well for Chelsea.
Another transfer that interests me surrounds Southampton’s Pierre-Emile Højbjerg. The 24-year-old Danish midfielder and club captain has recently come out saying he wishes to participate in the Champions League and win trophies. Since he is entering his final year under contract, it would make sense for the club to try to sell him if he will not sign a new deal that would lock him up with the club for the foreseeable future. It is seeming that he will move as there are reportedly some interested clubs such as Tottenham. Head Coach Ralph Hasenhuttl has also threatened to strip captaincy if a new deal isn’t signed. While I do not think Højbjerg would give the club any less than 100%, the club may need to cash in while they can by offering him around and not demanding too much. The current rumor price tag is in the £35 million range. Is the ex-Bayern Munich player worth that much currently? Are any top clubs willing to take him?
Some other transfer rumors that may be of interest:
- Ben Chilwell to Chelsea or Manchester City
- Jadon Sancho to Liverpool, Manchester United
- Thiago Silva to a Premier League side with five clubs reportedly interested
- Dayot Upamecano to Arsenal
Transfer rumors are rising and it will be interesting to see what actually comes from the rumors and how teams handle the financials of any deals since a lot of revenue has been lost due to the global pandemic.
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