Chelsea: Pulisic opens up on life under Tuchel
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Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has asked Roman Abramovich to use Timo Werner in a swap deal for Erling Haaland, according to reports. Werner has misfired since his arrival from RB Leipzig back in the summer transfer window. And the west London giants are keen to add more firepower to their squad at the end of the season as a result.
Chelsea thought they were onto a winner when they spent big to sign Werner from under the noses of Liverpool back in the summer.
But the Germany international has struggled at Stamford Bridge so far, scoring just five Premier League goals.
Earlier in the month it was claimed Chelsea were ready to use Werner in a swap deal for Haaland as a result.
Yet Sport have now taken things further, saying Tuchel himself has asked Abramovich to use the forward as part of a deal for the Dortmund striker.
The Chelsea manager has been brutal on Werner from the sidelines, often overheard barking orders to the former Leipzig star throughout his brief reign as manager.
And patience, it seems, is running thin.
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Tuchel was charged with the task of getting Werner back to his blockbuster best following his appointment as Frank Lampard’s replacement in January.
But that hasn’t happened, with the Germany international finding the net just once since his compatriot arrived.
Chelsea want to sign Haaland but any deal for the Dortmund star won’t be easy, with the Norway international also wanted by the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Real Madrid and Barcelona.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has asked the club’s hierarchy to land his countryman, despite the Red Devils previously missing out back in January 2020.
Pep Guardiola wants Haaland as a replacement for Sergio Aguero, who is expected to leave City for a new challenge.
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Real Madrid’s preference remains Kylian Mbappe but, should the France international stay at PSG, they could go after the Dortmund striker instead.
And Barcelona are dreaming of signing Haaland, with Joan Laporta looking for a marquee signing to mark his second stint as club president.
Meanwhile, speaking recently, former Chelsea star Mario Melchiot warned both Werner and Kai Havertz they could be sold if they fail to achieve consistency.
“I think shipping them out would be a little bit too harsh,” he told talkSPORT.
“But I definitely think Chelsea should consider it if they don’t start stepping up to the plate.
“If you are such a big team and you bring in two keys players to provide you with goals and they don’t so that, of course you’re going to look elsewhere.
“That’s a key question Chelsea have to ask themselves, their form is really going to have to pick up.
“Playing well is great, and Tuchel said it that Havertz played well against Everton and Liverpool, so he should not worry about it, but on the other hand he’s a striker, so you need him to score.”
Werner recently fronted up about his Chelsea career, admitting he felt guilty following Lampard’s departure.
“When you come here to play as a striker and be the man to score the goals, of course I felt a little bit guilty that I missed so many chances,” he said.
“For the club, for the old manager but also for me because I want to score all the time and as much as I possibly can.
“Of course, if I’d scored four or five more goals maybe the old manager would still be here because we’d maybe have won two or three games more.
“But you can’t look too much into the past because there are too many games ahead of us.
“The past was like this and of course I feel a little bit guilty, but in football you have to go on, and now we have a lot of big games in the next few weeks and you have to look forward, especially when you have a new manager.
“It’s a new beginning for everybody, for me as well because I’d missed so many chances and so many points, maybe I start now with a new start, and it’s worked very well until now.”
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