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When it comes to success, Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich could be said to have an insatiable appetite. The Blues have gone three years without winning the Premier League, after very little investments, and Roman has had enough.
The Chelsea owner is tired of the growing dominance of Manchester City and Liverpool in the Premier League and is now keen on building a strong squad ahead of next season.
The Russian tycoon has already made a statement of intent with the February signing of Hakim Ziyech and an almost completed deal for Timo Werner. The next on his shopping list is believed to be Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz.
Former Chelsea stars Frank Leboeuf and Craig Burley have both agreed it would be a ‘statement of intent’ from Chelsea to sign the two stars.
“You can’t have enough good players,” ex-Chelsea and Scotland midfielder Burley told ESPN FC.
“It would be a statement of intent to go out and get one of Europe’s most exciting young talents.
“It does fit with the narrative that Chelsea and Lampard are going down. They are looking to sign younger players with sell-on value but who can also produce the good now.
“If they get Werner, he can play wide or through the middle. Havertz is flexible as well. They may be a little top-heavy, in terms of their forward line.
“But it would be a statement from Abramovich to say, “we’ve given you Werner and we also want Havertz, one of the brightest talents in European football”.
“That’s a very exciting sign for Chelsea fans, but I doubt they will be in that race alone because Havertz is probably on everybody’s radar.”
Lebouef, who spent five years at Chelsea as a player, added: “If you have the chance to sign that player [Havertz], you should go for it because he represents the future.
“Chelsea are going mostly for future talents. Werner and Havertz coming in on top of the players they already have is definitely a plus.
“You cannot have enough talented players, it’s always good to have a talent like that in your squad.”