Timo Werner sets fresh Chelsea target as Romelu Lukaku transfer talk intensifies

Chelsea enjoyed a fairytale ending to their 2020/21 campaign, lifting the UEFA Champions League trophy in Porto after defeating Manchester City 1-0 in the final.

However, the Blues finished a whopping 19 points behind City in the Premier League, with the Blues finishing fourth in the top flight for the second season in a row.

In fact, the west London club have failed to finish inside the top two since 2017, something that head coach Thomas Tuchel will be hoping to rectify in his first full season at the club.

The former Paris Saint-Germain boss has been desperate to sign a world-class striker this summer after German international Timo Werner struggled in front of goal during his maiden season in the English top-flight.

Werner netted just six league goals last term despite accumulating an xG (expected goals) tally of 13.43, illustrating that his finishing was significantly worse than what would be expected of a £47million forward.

Chelsea have been chasing Inter Milan’s Romelu Lukaku in recent weeks after their pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland appeared to fizzle out, given the Norwegian’s reported £150million price tag.

The Blues appear to be closing in on a deal to bring Lukaku to Stamford Bridge and football.london understands that a bid of £100million could be enough to tempt the Nerazzurri into allowing the Belgian frontman to leave this month.

Acquiring the 28-year-old would certainly help improve the west London club’s firepower next season and Werner has admitted that they are desperate to win one of the top trophies again next season.

“We want to win a title; it doesn’t matter which one”, Werner told the club’s website.

“The best thing would be the Champions League again, but also the Premier League is a big target. One of those titles is our target.

“For me individually it is to score maybe a little bit more than last year, which was not the best thing, but to keep going and to help the team as much as I can with assists and scoring.”

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