Lampard’s Chelsea have reportedly agreed personal terms with RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, and are set to trigger his £49m release clause before it expires on June 15th. Werner has been linked with Liverpool all of 2020, so this news must come as a shock to most football fans.
In light of these rumors, one might think Chelsea would hit the brakes after dashing a hefty amount on Werner. However, Chelsea are now heavily linked with Ben Chilwell and Kai Havertz for deals worth £85m and £75m respectively. No report has stated that Chelsea won’t be able to sign both. Blues’ fans will be hoping that owner Roman Abramovich will be spending as much on new talent as he reportedly did on Edward Munch’s ‘The Scream’ (£95m).
In times of severe financial loss due to the coronavirus, many believed teams would be reluctant to splash major cash on players. Leicester’s £85m asking price for Chilwell might seem ridiculous, but Chelsea seems willing to meet their demands. In the case where they don’t sign Chilwell, Chelsea will do everything in their power to get Havertz’s signature, as he is arguably Europe’s biggest talent.
Fear of Missing Out
If they pull both deals off, chaos will ensue. Teams will start spending money. Big money. Rumors circulating on Twitter will not only become true, but accumulate in numbers. In today’s football world and market, clubs and their general managers do everything in their power to create buzz around specific transfer links. They must do so in order to remain competitive and respectable. If Arsenal sees the likes of Chelsea and Spurs involving themselves in huge transfer deals, they’re more likely to do the same.
Expect Barça to publicly pursue Lautaro Martinez, United to chase Thiago Almada, and every major club to pursue Jadon Sancho. If Chelsea make these big singings, big clubs will follow suit. They will contract a fear of missing out, as this window could prove to be crucial as ever.
A Feisty Game of Whack-A-Mole
Chelsea’s potential capture of three elite-level players (all over £50m) would undoubtedly be regarded as a massive coup, given the financial hinderance imposed by the pandemic. Despite them setting a standard for major clubs across Europe, a more prominent trend we would see is a sort of whack-a-mole style market amongst larger clubs.
Big clubs won’t be as affected by the pandemic, and therefore will have a massive advantage over smaller clubs. A good example of this is the noteworthy rumor that Saïd Benrahma may be leaving the Championship for the Premier League. Aston Villa are extremely interested in the playmaker, but Chelsea are looking to swoop in to bring the Algerian to Stamford Bridge. With more money at their disposal, Chelsea are far more likely to sign him, despite an Aston Villa move potentially making more sense.
So, if Chelsea do pull off all these ridiculous moves, rumors will spark for anyone and everyone who deserves a move to a top club. All your FIFA 20 Career Mode transfer confusions will come to life. The market has changed drastically, but that will never take away from the power that financial powerhouses hold in the modern game. Once again, Roman Abramovich may hold the keys to ultimate chaos.