Chelsea were rejected by a Serie A forward before they signed Timo Werner. The German arrived at Stamford Bridge for £50million for RB Leipzig. He caught the attention of Frank Lampard by scoring 34 goals and making 13 assists last season.
But he has not been able to hit the same form since arriving from Germany, grabbing just one goal in the Carabao Cup against Tottenham.
Werner was the Blues’ first big signing of the summer, arriving on July 1 on the same day as Hakim Ziyech arrived following his January deal.
And it marked the start of £200m worth of spending by Lampard – but it has not stopped them having struggles this season, sitting seventh in the Premier League.
It has already seen the club look into players such as Juventus forward Paulo Dybala for the January window.
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But Italian outlet Tuttomercato have reported that Werner was actually an alternative to another Serie A forward.
Inter Milan forward Lautaro Martinez, who scored 21 goals last season, was approached by the Blues over the summer.
But the Argentine said he would only leave the Serie A side for Barcelona or Real Madrid.
It comes as Werner has expressed his delight at being part of Lampard’s plans this season.
“For me, it is a little bit of a dream come true to come and play now in the biggest league in the whole world,” he said.
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“Of course as a child you don’t see much of the Premier League clubs but you see the teams at the Champions League.
“You see the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United. These were the clubs that in youth were winning a lot.
“You see maybe young Ronaldo, or here at Chelsea Didier Drogba and also Frank Lampard the manager. They have a lot of legends in the club here.
“When you come into the club they are working for the club and when you see them as a child, like 10, and then you see, Ashley Cole, Frank Lampard, Petr Cech, you say wow it’s crazy I am here with them now.”
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