Chelsea are making a lot of moves in preparation for the upcoming transfer window according to the media, and if Frank Lampard desperately wants target Kai Havertz to come to the club, he will have to suffer losses before signing the player.
According to the Metro, it is being reported that Lampard has been told that he needs to sell players to balance Chelsea’s books in order to bring Havertz to the club. This comes after Sky Sports suggested that the German is a target for the Blues.
However the two players who could be sold in order to fund the player are N’Golo Kante and Jorginho, who have been key members of the West London side’s starting eleven for the last couple of seasons, per Transfermarkt.
Havertz is only 20 years-old but is setting the Bundesliga alight as he has scored eleven goals whilst picking up five assists in 26 appearances, per WhoScored, this term. His attacking intent is further highlighted by his 1.9 shots, 2.1 key passes and two successful dribbles per league match.
However Jorginho and Kante are very different players to Havertz, they are predominantly deeper midfielders in the side to either break up attacks or push the team forward, whereas the young German is a more creative player who is utilised further up the pitch.
18 year-old Billy Gilmour is a defensive midfielder, but it would be a huge risk for the club to throw him in at the deep end on the back of selling Kante and Jorginho, who between them have played 59 games this term.
If they have to spend close to £90 million on Havertz, it will be unlikely that they have further funds to bring in a new defensive midfielder. It would be a huge risk on their part therefore to let the duo go and not replace either with a similar type of player.
The Blues already have attacking midfielders in Ross Barkley and Mason Mount, whilst Hakim Ziyech is also set to join for next season. There is no doubting the Leverkusen player has quality, but perhaps Chelsea should look to bolster their squad elsewhere, rather than risk selling two key players to sign someone who plays in a position they are already stacked in.
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