Tuchel reportedly wants Werner-Haaland swap deal

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel

Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel has asked Roman Abramovich to use Timo Werner as part of a swap deal to try to sign Erling Haaland, according to the Sunday Express.

The Norway striker’s performances for Borussia Dortmund have made him one of the most sought-after players in world football and Chelsea are among top Premier League clubs to have been linked with him.

And it is claimed that Tuchel has recommended parting with fellow German Werner if it means a deal can be done to take Haaland to Stamford Bridge.

The Express has also reported that Chelsea are ready to sell Hakim Ziyech who, like Werner, has had just one season at the club.

Ziyech has struggled for fitness and form since arriving from Ajax and there has been speculation about his future.

He has made just 15 league appearances since that £33m move and faces major competition for a place in Tuchel’s side.

Reports have suggested that Chelsea are likely to offload players this summer, with Ziyech, Christian Pulisic, Werner and Kai Havertz among those touted for moves.

And the Express declare that Chelsea owner Abramovich and director Marina Granovskaia have approved a plan to sell Ziyech.

The story is based on comments made by journalist Ian McGarry on the Transfer Window podcast.

McGarry said: “It is our information that Chelsea intend to sell this summer, having invested heavily to the extent of £230m last summer in rebuilding and of course recruiting to the squad.

“It is our information that a very well-known agent has been asked to market certain players, the most prominent being Hakim Ziyech who of course has not been at the club very long but Thomas Tuchel believes that the squad is top heavy in attacking midfielders and that Ziyech is probably the most expendable should they be able to recoup some of the investment in him.”

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