Chelsea are keen on signing Erling Haaland this summer but are yet to go in with a second bid for the striker, after their first player-plus-cash offer was rejected by Borussia Dortmund. The Blues will reportedly have to pay up to £150million to secure his services, which they may not be prepared to do.
The Norwegian’s £64m release clause is said to become active next summer, so Thomas Tuchel may wait until then to pick up the forward.
So, until then, Chelsea may need to rely on their existing forwards to step up and score the goals they struggled to last season.
Defensive midfielder Jorginho was their top scorer in the league last season, scoring seven goals – all from the penalty spot.
Chelsea spent £120m on German duo Timo Werner and Kai Havertz last summer, but the pair endured difficult seasons in their first year in west London.
Werner has scored just six Premier League goals since his move from RB Leipzig but, encouragingly, provided 12 assists for his teammate.
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Armando Broja recently signed a new contract with the club and has been heavily involved with the senior team throughout pre-season.
The 19-year-old scored 10 goals in 21 starts on loan at Vitesse Arnhem last season and could play a surprisingly key part for the Blues next season.
However, a deal to sign Haaland – or another striker – this summer isn’t completely out of the question.
Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowksi and Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku have both also been linked.
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And Tuchel revealed earlier this summer that he is keen to strengthen his squad, if possible.
“Two or three [signings] could be very, very good. It’s a constant thing to never deny change,” he said.
“That always brings new energy, new guys who question the old beliefs, who challenge everybody in the training and in matches, so I think it’s a good thing.”
“We don’t need another seven and another complete turnover … but we have some ideas, of course, to make the group stronger, and I think this can always be a positive thing to challenge all of us.”