Chelsea will be keen on landing either Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho or Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz following the deal to sign Tim Werner, according to Paul Merson.
The Sky Sports pundit says he believes that Sancho will be the number one priority, but if they do miss out on him, he is sure the Blues will try to land Havertz instead.
Either way, Merson thinks it will cost Chelsea around £100m, which he thinks owner Roman Abramovich will be prepared to pay:
“Liverpool couldn’t afford Werner. But Chelsea could. And I don’t think the spending will stop there. They obviously still want Jadon Sancho, and if they can’t get him they will probably try for Kai Havertz.”
“Either one of them is going to cost close to £100m. But that kind of transfer pays for itself. Chelsea could get five good years out of Sancho and still get a big sell-on.”
“You’ve got every chance of getting your money back with a player like Sancho. And if Abramovich starts coming to matches again, he will want to be entertained. He won’t care about paying £100m for a Sancho if it helps them play good football.”
In one sense, it is surprising that the Blues are willing to pay substantial transfer fees while other clubs are holding back during the global health crisis.
However, you have to consider the fact that the London club have not spent much in the last two transfer windows, while they have received cash windfalls from the sales of Eden Hazard and Alvaro Morata.
Whether Abramovich will splash more cash on Sancho or Havertz, though, as Merson hopes, we shall have to wait and see.