Barcelona will reportedly wage a transfer battle with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich to land Chelsea forward Timo Werner in the summer.
According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, Timo Werner could be set to leave Chelsea in the summer transfer window, but he will not have a shortage of suitors vying for his signature. Barcelona will be in a tussle to land the disgruntled German forward, with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich also keen on signing him.
Timo Werner joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig in July 2020 in the wake of his most productive campaign in the Bundesliga. But the 26-year-old has failed to make his market at Stamford Bridge, struggling to produce the goods consistently in the final third.
The German forward has reached his lowest ebb at Chelsea this season, becoming a rotation option for Thomas Tuchel while amassing a sub-par tally of seven goals and four assists in 29 appearances across all competitions. But despite Werner’s struggles at Chelsea, he is a popular figure in the transfer market, with Barcelona one of his prospective suitors.
The interest from Barcelona stems from the uncertainties surrounding the future of Martin Braithwaite. The Danish international is poised to depart from Camp Nou in the summer transfer window as he is seeking regular game-time. At the same time, Luuk de Jong will leave Barcelona for good once his loan deal expires at the end of the season.
The departures of Braithwaite and de Jong will leave Xavi Hernandez with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang as the only natural striker at his disposal. Werner has thus emerged as a viable target for Barcelona. And with the Blaugrana scouring the market for alternatives for Erling Haaland, Werner could be an attractive option if he rediscovers his best form.
The disgruntled German forward seems to have no future at Chelsea, with Thomas Tuchel asking the west London club to offload him in the summer transfer window. Barcelona could thus have a strong chance of snapping up Werner ahead of the 2022/23 season.
But Barcelona will need to fend off stiff competition from Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich to sign Werner. With the race to sign the 26-year-old heating up, it will be interesting to see where he will move to next after Chelsea to resurrect his stuttering career after.