With Dortmund’s asking price apparently slightly out of reach, Chelsea need to sell before they can sign. It’s why talented central defenders Fikayo Tomori and Marc Guehi have both left on permanent deals, and why Werner could be sold after just one year at the club.
Whether that’s as part of the Haaland move, as a player-plus-cash deal, or as simply a straight sale to another club to drum up the money for the Norwegian striker is up for debate, but one thing’s for sure, Chelsea could sell Werner this summer.
According to SkySports in Germany, the Blues are interested in the possibility of including him in a move for Haaland, but nothing has been finalised. The only question is, would dumping Werner for Haaland be a good idea?
Why using Werner as a makeweight is a great idea
To sell a player you signed for £47.5m just one year ago highlights poor advanced planning, but almost nobody could have predicted Werner’s sudden lack of form in England.
Off the back of scoring 34 goals and assisting 12 in all competitions in 2019/20, Werner was expected to light up the Premier League. Many Chelsea fans believed he would end his first season as the league’s top goal-scorer, and even help fire Chelsea to a title challenge. However, less than 12 months later those thoughts couldn’t be further from the truth.