Atletico Madrid have entered the race for Chelsea striker Timo Werner, who is finding it increasingly difficult to get into Thomas Tuchel’s lineup.
According to Transfer Market Web, Atletico Madrid are the latest club to show interest in Timo Werner, as the Chelsea striker continues to struggle for regular playing time since the arrival of Romelu Lukaku. German giants Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich are reportedly the other clubs in the race for the frontman.
Timo Werner started to life as Chelsea’s main striker quite well last season, although things have gone a little out of hand for the frontman. The former RB Leipzig was criticised for his profligacy in the goal after missing many easy chances throughout the last term.
His contributions for Chelsea in their triumphant Champions League campaign helped ease some of the mounting pressure. However, since the arrival of Romelu Lukaku in the summer, Thomas Tuchel has constantly overlooked Werner for a starting berth, subsequently raising speculations and concerns regarding his future.
This weekend, Werner scored his first league goal of the current season against Southampton, which was strangely his first in the Premier League for seven months. These are not good statistics for a top draw striker, and naturally, he feels he cannot cope with the pressure at the club, giving rise to speculation regarding a transfer away.
One of the latest entrants in the race for the Germany international are La Liga champions Atletico Madrid. Diego Simeone has done business with Chelsea in the past involving strikers Alvaro Morata and Diego Costa. The Argentine boss could be tempted towards signing Werner as he looks to refresh his forward line.
After relying upon ageing centre-forwards or ineffective ones like the aforementioned duo of Morata and Costa, Atletico have been playing with Luis Suarez as their main striker since last season. But, given that he is 34, Simeone knows he has to make a long-term signing for the position, and Werner could become a possible solution.
Their summer re-signing of Antoine Griezmann hasn’t worked out so far, and the French international is in his thirties as well. Werner, given his exploits with RB Leipzig in the past, could recapture his lethal goalscoring form somewhere else, and in the coming transfer windows, he could have plenty of sizeable offers on the table.
At 25 years old, Werner has plenty to offer for the long-term future of any club, especially to Atletico or Bayern. It remains to be seen how much Chelsea demand for their frontman, who still has a contract until 2025 after the Blues paid over £45 million to RB Leipzig last summer.