Chelsea could inadvertently hand Manchester United and Manchester City tricky decisions in the January transfer window should they elect to keep Timo Werner at Stamford Bridge.
The German forward has been linked with a move away from west London throughout the past few months since the arrival of Romelu Lukaku.
The former RB Leipzig man had been linked with Bayern Munich, whilst fellow German giants Borussia Dortmund were rumoured to be considering a swoop.
Werner stayed with Chelsea after the closure of the summer window but that does not appear to have dampened interest. According to Marca, Barcelona are now interested in his services.
The Catalan giants have the German on a potential shortlist of attacking recruits ahead of the January transfer window as new head coach Xavi attempts to improve the fortunes of the club after he replaced Ronald Koeman.
A loan deal has been mooted, with Barcelona’s poor finances making them unlikely to fork out Werner’s £49.5m transfer valuation – as per transfermarkt.
The 25-year-old is apparently not the only option being considered by Barca though, with Raheem Sterling and Edinson Cavani also potential options.
Whilst it remains to be seen whether the striker himself would be interested in a move to the Nou Camp, should Chelsea take a ‘not-for-sale’ stance, it could well push either Manchester City or Manchester United into losing one of their key forwards in the winter.
With Werner thus off the table, Barca might well pursue either Sterling or Cavani more intensely.
Of course, the two haven’t played as much of a prominent role so far this season for each of their respective employers; Sterling scoring just twice this season, Cavani striking just once.
It goes without saying though that the sale of either of the two forwards would considerably weaken both United and City, potentially handing Chelsea an advantage in the latter stages of the campaign as Thomas Tuchel’s men attempt to push on in both the Premier League and Champions League.
It all makes sense then for Chelsea to reject any advance for Werner’s signature, both for the benefit of the Blues and the detriment of both Manchester clubs.
Source by Football London