In pictures: Chelsea defeat Bournemouth in friendly
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Timo Werner has suggested he would welcome the arrival of Romelu Lukaku as Chelsea prepare to submit a record-breaking bid for the striker. The Blues have seen a bid in the region of £80million rejected by Inter Milan for the Belgian.
But they are now reportedly set to break the bank by offering the Serie A champions more than £100m for Lukaku.
Werner could have been forgiven for not looking forward to the arrival of a player who will surely limit his playing opportunities at Stamford Bridge.
The German was one of Chelsea’s blockbuster signings last summer, with RB Leipzig receiving nearly £50m.
But the 25-year-old failed to settle in England after his big-money move, scoring just six goals in the Premier League in his debut campaign.
The sacking of Frank Lampard did nothing to turn around his fortunes in front of goal, but his off the ball work was noticeable under Thomas Tuchel.
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Tuchel continued to start Werner, despite the presence of Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud, with the striker appearing in the Champions League final in which the Blues defeated Manchester City.
The man who scored in that victory was Kai Havertz, who was another new arrival from the Bundesliga last summer.
Werner struck up a partnership with his compatriot, though the duo may find their time on the pitch is limited by Lukaku’s arrival.
In speaking about his relationship with Havertz, Werner hinted he would welcome Lukaku to the Blues by claiming it “doesn’t matter who scores the goals” to him.
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“It feels like our relationship is growing together,” Werner told Chelsea’s club website when asked about Havertz.
“Of course, we speak the same language, we are good friends, so it’s not unusual we have a good relationship, but now we can show it on the pitch.
“At the beginning of the season we both had our own problems, so we couldn’t watch the other one, but now both of us can handle it very good and can look out for each other.
“On the pitch, mainly it’s me to him at the moment, and that’s no problem! We just want to win and it really doesn’t matter who scores the goals.”
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Tuchel is hoping to guide the Blues to a title challenge this season, something Lukaku already has experience of having scored 24 goals on the way to Inter’s Scudetto win last season.
The league title is certainly one of Werner’s aims this season, with the German stating he also wants to get on the scoresheet more.
“We want to win a title; it doesn’t matter which one. The best thing would be the Champions League again, but also the Premier League is a big target. One of those titles is our target,” he said.
“For me individually it is to score maybe a little bit more than last year, which was not the best thing, but to keep going and to help the team as much as I can with assists and scoring.”
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