Chelsea remains keen to sign Jadon Sancho from Borussia Dortmund, but as per a report, the Blues have also outlined a backup target with Samuel Chukwueze from Villarreal in case they can’t land the coveted England winger.
Last two seasons Chukwueze emerged as a key player for Villarreal. Overall he has 12 goals and from 68 games, seven assists. He has netted four goals for this term, and registered four Yellow Submarine assists.
This may not be a high number but the winger looks destined for bigger things given his age and gradual improvement in every season. He is primarily a right-winger who likes to drift inside his favorite left foot and can glide with electric pace past opponents.
Lampard has no left-footed winger like Chukwueze and he would offer a new dimension that is so badly needed at the moment.
Also, Chelsea could be available to the Nigeria international for around £45million, a much lower fee than the Dortmund star.
It is reported that Dortmund is demanding £100m+ for Sancho and that Manchester United is said to be in a stronger position to land the England international. Therefore, if Dortmund refuses to lower Sancho’s asking price, Chelsea will consider turning its attention to Chukwueze.
Chelsea is set to bid farewell this summer to two wingers, Pedro and Willian, as the veteran couple will see their respective contracts lapse.
An agreement to sign Hakim Ziyech from Ajax has already been reported and so he will fairly occupy one of the vacant slots. But with a long-term plan in mind, Frank Lampard needs more ammunition out wide with enough quality and depth moving forward. Chukwueze will have the extra spirit when it comes to attacking areas.
Last summer, Chukwueze was a priority for Liverpool but Jurgen Klopp still hasn’t resurrected the interest this term. Many sides of La Liga are still interested in him though.