Timo Werner is in the bag, officially now. So what’s next for Chelsea?
Some say it’s Kai Havertz from whom we’re going “all out”, but while that sounds glamorous and exciting, it may be just a bit too good to be true. Plus, building a team to compete properly requires balance, not just attack. As much as Havertz is glorious and versatile and perhaps even someone you build a team around, he is still not a defender. And he’s definitely not a left back, which is perhaps the area most in need of immediate improvement at Chelsea. (Sorry, Emerson buddy.)
This is where the Ben Chilwell rumors make their thriving home. The 23-year-old Leicester City left back has been on the Chelsea radar for longer than Havertz, and for many, would be the ideal signing this summer. The price tag remains pretty high even at £50m, but Chelsea do still have the budget for one more major signing this summer. (We haven’t even spent all the Hazard-money, let alone the Morata-money!)
Leicester City also have a history of selling their best players — some even to Chelsea — despite their upwards mobility, which does make the Chilwell rumors not entirely unreasonable even though he still has four years left on his contract. Accordingly, Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers isn’t exactly worried about losing his man.
“I’m sure you can imagine the answer. We are pretty relaxed on it. He is a fantastic boy to work with and he’s very driven to help us achieve what we want to.
“It is a sequence the club is used to after the past few years. When you have a talented group of players, they are always going to make the headlines.
“He’s come back and he looks absolutely fantastic. During the lockdown, he’s been able to go away and reflect on his game. He’s come back refreshed. From everything that he’s done both in training and in the games that we have played behind closed doors, he’s looked exceptional.”
-Brendan Rodgers; source: Sky
Rodgers of course won’t even be accused of non-idealism, but he probably has good reason to not be too worried about the situation.
But if Chilwell were to truly push for a move south, and Chelsea were able to keep the price around £50m, this is certainly a rumor that could turn into the next big-money signing in the SW6 — much to our rivals’ chagrin.