As one of the biggest clubs in the English game, Chelsea are always involved in major deals. Having fought so hard to land a marquee striker this summer, it looks like the arrival of Romelu Lukaku will happen after all. The impressive Belgian has a history with the Blues, and could be set to return from Internazionale in a major money move. However, the interesting part of the transfer comes from how the team will be balanced out. With Timo Werner the previous marquee striking acquisition, how will the club find a way to play both without causing friction?
Also, Chelsea will be looking to offload some of their other strikers to bring in funding for future signings. One player destined to leave is Tammy Abraham. England forward has failed to convince Thomas Tuchel that he is worth keeping, and now looks set to leave the club in an expensive deal. However, the player has found it tough to locate a suitor who is good for both player and club. Arsenal have been heavily linked, but it would require some changing at the Gunners top-end to make the funds available.
Another name who has been heavily linked with Abraham is that of Aston Villa. Abraham previously played for the Birmingham side, scoring key goals as they returned to the Premier League. However, he rejected the chance to go back to Villa before, and might do so again as he looks to move to a team who could be competing for European honours – or at least a spot in Europe, as Arsenal would be.
It is likely that Abraham will move on regardless of whether or not a new marquee forward arrives. Both player and club are keen to start afresh.
What if Chelsea cannot land a marquee striker?
Despite reports in England and in Italy suggesting that a move for Lukaku is close to completion, there is always doubt. This could see the Blues sell a key academy striker and fail to replace him with a better player. As such, this could create an issue whereby Abraham sticks around long enough for Chelsea to buy his replacement – meaning he misses out on a pre-season with his new team entirely.
This makes it hard for Chelsea to find a deal that suits themselves, their new prospective arrival, and Abraham. As a well-liked part of the squad and a beacon of progress for the Chelsea academy, then, this becomes an interesting talking point.
Things change on a regular basis for players, and Abraham is no stranger to Chelsea’s volatile transfer nature. It was their own transfer issues that even seen him get a chance at the club, with the transfer embargo playing a key role.
As such, expect both player and club to be ready – and willing – to wait for this one out. However, the striking talent at the club is almost certain to change before the start of the 2021/22 Premier League season.