English Premier League side Chelsea sent scouts to watch potential signings Timo Werner and Moussa Dembele in action during the UEFA Champions League tie between Lyon and RB Leipzig, according to a report published in the Daily Mail.
Court of Arbitration for Sport had recently halved a two-window transfer ban sanctioned by FIFA on Chelsea and the West London side are now eligible to sign players in the upcoming January transfer window.
The report suggests that Chelsea had scouts in the Parc Olympique Lyonnais stadium as Frank Lampard’s side are keen to sign a new striker in January to give competition to Tammy Abraham, who has been delivering the goods for the Blues so far this season.
Timo Werner converted from the spot in the 33rd minute of the game as both Lyon and RB Leipzig shared points.
Werner, 23, has been a consistent performer for RB Leipzing ever since he moved to the club from VfB Stuttgart. The striker is in red hot form this season and has already bagged 20 goals from 22 games. Werner is a transfer target for many of Europe’s elite clubs and Chelsea, it seems, are one among them.
Meanwhile, Moussa Dembele was also reportedly scouted by Chelsea during the Champions League match. He couldn’t score for Lyon against RB Leipzig in the fixture but there is no doubt he is a quality striker. The player has 10 goals for the French outfit this season.
However, both players – Werner and Dembele – have also been linked with a move to Old Trafford as Manchester United are also looking to bolster the attacking department.
With their transfer ban overturned, Chelsea will be hoping to sign a new striker in the January transfer window. While Tammy Abraham is performing really well for Frank Lampard’s side, French international Olivier Giroud has not lived up to the expectations. Signing a new striker will give Lampard more choice in the attacking department and will push Abraham to perform even better.
However, it remains to be seen if Chelsea will be able to sign either Werner or Dembele in the upcoming transfer window, given they are also targeted by many other European clubs.