In this instalment of our TT Roundup, Football Transfer Tavern have gathered three of the biggest stories to have involved Chelsea recently and have provided our thoughts on the reports published.
Timo Werner part of £150m spending spree
According to the Daily Express, Chelsea are preparing a £150m splash this winter should their transfer ban be overturned in the weeks to come.
Their case is set to be heard at the Court of Arbitration for Sport on 20th November, and the Blues have set their sights on a number of targets, including RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, should the appeal be successful.
Werner recently scored three and assisted three in Leipzig’s recent 8-0 thrashing of Mainz, with Liverpool and Manchester United also thought to be keen on the 23-year-old.
It is no surprise to see Chelsea planning ahead of their court date in a couple of weeks’ time, with the chance to be permitted to buy players for the first time since the previous January transfer window.
Werner has been in goalscoring mood lately, though the emergence of Tammy Abraham may make a move for the German slightly surprising, with the striker only overtaking the Blues man’s tally following his hat-trick last weekend.
There are plenty of names on their reported shopping list, so this may be one Chelsea could even do fine without.
N’Golo Kante ready for return
Frank Lampard hailed N’Golo Kante as ‘world-class’ as he confirmed the midfielder’s return to fitness, with the Frenchman being named among the substitutes for the 4-4 draw against Ajax.
Kante has missed large chunks of this season with an ankle injury, and Lampard told TalkSPORT (via Daily Mail) that he is ready to challenge the likes of Jorginho and Mateo Kovacic for a starting place once again.
The 28-year-old has not played since scoring in the 4-1 win over Southampton last month.
The quality of World Cup winner Kante in undeniable, though his place in the first team may not be as much of a formality as some might expect.
But given the comeback of the Frenchman, it may be a classic case of a welcome selection headache for Lampard as his side kick on.
Mason Mount relishing new arrivals
With rumours of a spending spree at Stamford Bridge, midfielder Mason Mount has revealed he is relishing the prospect of new arrivals at Chelsea in the future.
Mount has sparkled after being installed to the first team this season, making 17 appearances in all competitions having nailed down a starting place under Frank Lampard.
Mount has certainly hit the ground running for Chelsea this season – contributing directly to six goals in his opening 11 Premier League appearances.
His comments point to an attitude which is surely of help to his promising start in the Chelsea first team, and whether new arrivals are to come in January or the summer, it would not be a surprise if they had their work cut out to replace Mount on the teamsheet.
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Chelsea fans, what are your thoughts? Would you move for Werner – and does Kante immediately get back in the side? Let us know in the comments below!
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