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Owen Hargreaves is certain that Chelsea new boy Timo Werner is going to be a hit in the Premier League.
“I think it’s great news for Chelsea and Frank Lampard,” he told Premier League productions. “Chelsea fans are going to love him. He’s quick, he’s powerful, at 24 years of age he’s got an incredible amount of experience. He’s been the top scorer in Germany, 32 goals in all competitions. Not only that, he’s got about 12 assists to go with that. He gets his team-mates involved, now he’s playing in multiple positions and doesn’t necessarily just play as a centre-forward, which might suit playing with Tammy Abraham up front, who has that big physical presence with Timo Werner playing in behind. Frank gets a super signing and Premier League fans are going to love him.”
Tottenham Hotspur manager Jose Mourinho insisted he focuses on his team, despite indicating concerns over Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner’s imminent Chelsea arrivals. The Blues announced Werner’s transfer after previously reaching an agreement with Ajax for Hakim Ziyech back in February.
Speaking to the media on Thursday, he said: “So (Manchester) United bought (Bruno) Fernandes, Chelsea’s buying Ziyech and Werner, they can do what they want. It’s not our problem. We focus on ourselves. We are going to improve our squad in the way we can do it. No problem.”
But the former Chelsea manager also admitted Tottenham could be left behind.
“You have now examples already of clubs investing and making important movements in the market and we are still nine matches away from the end of the season,” he said. “We know that we are not going to be in the same league, in the same world, as clubs that are going to do completely different to us.”
Chelsea are ready to offload N’Golo Kante to raise funds for extra transfers, according to The Times. The Blues have signed Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner this year.
However, Frank Lampard is still hoping to sign one or two more targets when the transfer window reopens. Bayer Leverkusen star Kai Havertz and Leicester City player Ben Chilwell have been linked with a move to Stamford Bridge.
Therefore, Kante could be sold to help finance any further deals. Real Madrid thought to be keen on signing the French midfielder. The 29-year-old has been a stalwart at Stamford Bridge since signing from Leicester back in 2016 after they won the Premier League.
Chelsea head coach Frank Lampard has said he is excited with the signing of Timo Werner.
“I think he is clearly a player we liked. As a club we went for him, he has huge talent,” Lampard said in his pre-Aston Villa press conference. “We were clear we wanted to improve and he will do that, I’m excited to have him. I had good conversations with him personally. It seemed like an exciting project for him. We were pleased he came to us.”
Chelsea wingers Pedro and Willian remain locked in negotiations over short-term extensions to their expiring contracts. Frank Lampard admitted Chelsea are still working hard to seal deals for the duo to complete the delayed campaign with the Blues, with their current deals shortly running out.
Chelsea face a June 23 deadline to finalise short-term deals for their long-serving wingers, with Lampard still hopeful of a positive resolution.
“As a club, obviously, if we are trying to extend players for that period we want them to stay,” said Lampard. “As is well documented we have a couple of players in that situation and we have until next week to find a solution, hopefully. It would be great for us, obviously, to finish this campaign with the players we started it with and with the quality players we are talking about.”
Bayer Leverkusen may have to drop their valuation of Chelsea target Kai Havertz by as much as £20million, according to reports. If the Bundesliga side fail to reach the Champions League they will lose out on significant income next season and need to raise funds elsewhere.
That may turn Blues fans into overnight Borussia Monchengladbach supporters as Die Fohlen battle with Leverkusen for the final qualification spot.
The Telegraph detail how Havertz’s £90m price tag is outside of Chelsea’s own valuation of the 21-year-old. And a failure to reach Europe’s top club competition could push Bayer towards the Premier League side’s £70m estimation.