Chelsea’s new multi-million pound signings
With the resumption of the Premier League less than a week away, teams are finalising their training and squads, and everyone is ready for one of the best leagues in the world to kick off again.
While the league has been suspended over the past few months, Chelsea have come out as the team making the big moves with regards to transfers. They have scooped up, or on the verge of scooping up some of football’s hottest talent at the moment. You can bet that they plan on having the squad to watch next season.
Frank Lampard’s first signing as Chelsea manager came in the form of Hakim Ziyech. The Morrocan international, who spent his youth career playing internationally for the Netherlands, was signed in February for £33 million.
Ziyech was part of the incredible Ajax squad that went all the way to the Champions League semi-finals. You’ll remember being part of the same team as Matthijs De Ligt, Frenkie de Jong, and many other young superstars that have moved on to bigger clubs.
Ziyech played a pivotal role in Ajax’s incredible Champions League run, being the gear that kept the team running and kept them attacking, providing essential passes, tackles, and even a goal or two when the team really needed it.
He is yet to join the club because of the current pandemic, but many see him as a starter. His biggest competition is Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi, both of who have been very hot and cold, which could mean a chance for Ziyech to stand out.
One of the most exciting players in the world right now, is RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner. The German forward has been making waves in the footballing world, and has caught the eye of many teams, not just Chelsea.
The main contender for Werner’s signature was Liverpool. They have been leading the pack to sign the German for the longest time, and people were just waiting for the confirmation that the deal had been done.
However, in a swift turnaround, Chelsea came out on top and are right on the verge of signing the highly sought after player. With 25 goals so far this campaign, it’s no surprise he is drawing interest from the biggest clubs.
The deal is yet to be done though, it is understood that Chelsea are willing to offer him a £200,000 a week salary to seal the deal. Even though some thought that it was a done deal, a RB Leipzig bigwig dropped the bomb a few days ago that there was no deal in place.
Now though, it seems more like a matter of time until the signing is announced, and barring an extraordinary offer from another club, or RB Leipzig turning around and saying they want to keep Werner, he will be a Chelsea player very soon.
A player who has seemingly appeared out of nowhere is Kai Havertz. The 21 year old German, who is currently plying his trade at Bayer Leverkusen, has gained himself quite a lot of interest from big clubs across Europe.
He’s a player who has been described as someone who can do anything, with his tackling, scoring, and assisting ability constantly on show in the Bundesliga, and he has received praise from German legends like Michael Ballack and Toni Kroos.
His name has come up in relation to Chelsea as many see him as the perfect third prong within their new attack, which includes Ziyech, and shortly, Werner. He’s young, has serious talent, and can easily fit into what Frank Lampard is doing at Chelsea.
With other clubs interested, and Leverkusen obviously keen on keeping their rising star for as long as possible, many insiders believe Havertz will go for around €100 million. This eye watering price tag may seem perfectly doable to a team like Chelsea.
Another player that could find his way into a Chelsea jersey is Leicester defender Ben Chilwell. It is common knowledge that the Foxes will demand a high fee for the player, but once again, many believe they can easily foot the bill.
Chilwell is another young and hungry player that can fit into Chelsea. The club has also been suffering defensively, and bringing in new talent at the back is the perfect outcome after bolstering the attack up front.
Chelsea have definitely taken their time off to reimagine what the club can look like in a few years time. Frank Lampard is clearly on a mission to not only build up young, great talent, but to sign players that have already proven themselves, and to use them as the backbone of this reinvented Chelsea team.
Chelsea have always been one of those clubs that can afford almost any player, due to the never-ending wealth of Roman Abramovich, and using that to buy the best of the best. Now however, it is interesting that they are more keen on signing younger players, and hopefully turning them into Chelsea legends. Will be interesting to see how Chelsea perform next season.