Here is your Chelsea morning digest for Wednesday, June 9.
Haaland makes transfer decision
Head coach Thomas Tuchel, who watched his side lift the UEFA Champions League just over a week ago, has made it his mission to add a new striker to his ranks this summer in a bid to improve the Blues’ attacking output.
Despite being heavily linked with Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane and Romelu Lukaku of Inter Milan, Haaland is understood to be the Blues’ top target, with the Norway international considered as the missing piece in Tuchel’s jigsaw.
But whilst the Blues would have to spend around £150million to land him this summer, their hopes of signing him could have now been made easier with the fact that the 20-year-old would be interested in making the switch.
Boateng makes Werner prediction
Although Chelsea may be pursuing a move for Haaland to solve their difficulty of not having a go-to man to score goals, Germany international Jerome Boateng is optimistic that the Blues’ supporters will see a different side to Timo Werner at Euro 2020 this summer and into next season.
Werner joined Chelsea almost a year ago in a big-money deal from RB Leipzig and he was expected to replicate the form he showed in the Bundesliga last season at Stamford Bridge. However, the 25-year-old failed to pull up any trees, scoring just 12 times in all competitions.
Nevertheless, Boateng believes Werner will show Chelsea’s fans a different side to himself this summer.
The Germany centre-back said: “Timo has changed country, club, playing in a new league. It is not so easy.
“Nonetheless, he scored his goals, provided assists, was present, went through a hollow and came out and now he’s the Champions League winner.
“For me it has been a positive season with the usual ups and downs. It makes him bigger and stronger and he learns from it.
“At the Euros, we will see another Timo Werner, a hungry Timo.”
To read more on what Boateng had to say, click here.
James opens up on his career path
Defender Reece James has admitted that he has found the path from being a Chelsea youth player to England regular “tough”, as he prepares to embark on the European Championship.
James is expected to be a key figure in Gareth Southgate’s England plan this summer at Euro 2020, with the former Wigan Athletic loanee expected by most to start at right wing-back.
The summer window is officially open and now the Blues can look to build on European glory and bolster the squad to push for Premier League supremacy.
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“The journey has had a lot of ups and downs and it’s been tough,” James told talkSPORT.
“I’m very grateful and thankful I’m here. I couldn’t have done it myself, it’s been a collective effort, I’ve had lots of great teammates and coaches.
“So many people have helped me along the way. It wasn’t easy, like it might’ve looked. I didn’t go to Chelsea and just break in straight away.
“I had to go out on loan, I had many setbacks, and a number of injuries I had to overcome.”