Chelsea may regret letting Tammy Abraham leave if they do not manage to attract one of their main summer targets in Erling Haaland. The Blues are interested in Romelu Lukaku and Haaland but their options up front will be limited if they let Abraham go and they fail to land one of the two, with deals for either currently looking tough to do.
Haaland is reportedly Chelsea’s main transfer target this summer as Thomas Tuchel looks to add a prolific number nine to his starting 11.
The Norwegian ended last season with 41 goals in all competitions for Borussia Dortmund and is seen as one of the best strikers in Europe, and at only 21 years old.
And it is no surprise that the European champions are looking at him with the club’s current strikers, Timo Werner, Kai Havertz and Abraham failing to come close to Haaland’s numbers in the last campaign.
But any move for Haaland is in doubt with Chelsea being told by the German side that their star striker is not for sale. Only bids of £150million plus will be considered.
Instead, Lukaku has been linked with a return to Stamford Bridge this summer after leaving the Blues in 2014.
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It’s perfectly understandable if Chelsea decide to wait another year to land one of their key targets instead of rushing to find a lesser quality alternative.
And yet despite their two main targets almost certainly being out of reach this summer, the Blues are still prepared to let Abraham go out on loan to London rivals Arsenal.
The European champions have already let Oliver Giroud leave the club this summer with the Frenchman signing for AC Milan on a permanent deal.
And that leaves them with only Werner, Havertz and Abraham as senior options capable of leading the line, given Michy Batshuayi does not feature in the club’s plans.
Given Chelsea want to win the 2021-22 Premier League title then having just Werner and Havertz to call upon would be leaving themselves light.
So if they do opt to let Abraham leave this summer without signing another striker then perhaps they will look at signing a short-term replacement.
Southampton’s Danny Ings has been linked to Tottenham but the lure of Champions League football at Stamford Bridge would surely sway him.
Ings scored 12 goals for the Saints last season and is valued at £20m but is a prolific scorer.
The former Liverpool striker would be a solid addition to the Chelsea squad and could even contend for a spot in the starting eleven next season even after another centre-forward has arrived.
The 29-year old be a good option to replace Abraham if he departs and would surely not be unhappy if the Blues successfully manage to sign Haaland or Luakaku next summer.
It’s imperative Chelsea do sign a replacement for Abraham if he does join Arsenal, as relying on Werner and Havertz to score the goals to fire the Londoners to a league title would be a significant gamble.