The Blues owner could have his eyes on their first summer dealing in 2023 as a certain club’s Interest could make things very interesting
Chelsea’s full concentration is rightly on this summer’s transfer window but could Todd Boehly already be having ideas of his first big deal in the 2023 version?
The Blues are out currently to improve an attack which faltered at times badly last season. Timo Werner has already left for a £25million RB Leipzig return whilst both Hakim Ziyech and Callum Hudson-Odoi could follow suit before September 1. Whilst the likes of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Wilfried Zaha are being considered as options to join Raheem Sterling and Co in the forward line, the bitter truth is that it’s unlikely that all the Blues’ attacking issues will suddenly disappear. It’s going to be a process of recruiting well and the training manager Thomas Tuchel provides.
Therefore with this in mind, a few stars, not only in the attack, have a lot to prove in 2022/23 if they are to be part of Chelsea in the long-term. One man who has this pressure on his back is Kai Havertz. Despite having purple patches at times in the last two seasons, with the Champions League winning goal in mind, there hasn’t been enough consistency in the Chelsea number 29’s game to merit a permanent answer to the attacking woes of Tuchel’s side.
This was evident in the opening Everton game. Havertz was invisible but against Tottenham this weekend, it could be a very different story.
If not enough consistency is shown from the £70million recruit, then Boehly could look into cashing in the 23-year-old before his value plummets suddenly. One interested side already is Bayern Munich, a club that lost out to the west Londoners when Havertz was at Bayer Leverkusen.
This time around though, the Bavarians have eyed the German international as a potential long-term Robert Lewandowski heir. SPORT 1 correspondent Kerry Hau has reported that the Bundesliga giants, led by director Hasan Salihamidžić, enquired to the agents of Havertz at the beginning of the summer and could make an official move in 2023.
We already know Boehly’s preferences for player plus cash swap deals as shown with the Marc Cucurella and Levi Colwill transactions. Is there any player Chelsea could demand from Julian Nagelsmann’s side?
The names of Serge Gnabry and Jamaal Musiala ring to mind but one viable option is former Man City winger Leroy Sane who has been linked to Arsenal and Man United so far this summer.
With no move looking likely to materialise for the 26-year-old, the Blues could try their luck in 2023 if Havertz wasn’t to make a real statement that he could be the long-term answer to the current World Champions’ goalscoring woes but consistency is the key.