Former Chelsea right-back Glen Johnson says that the Blues may sign Barcelona winger Ousmane Dembele on a free transfer this summer due to worries over the form of Christian Pulisic and Timo Werner.
The pair, who cost the London club a combined £105m, have scored just nine goals and contributed only five assists in 39 appearances between them this season, and Johnson believes Dembele could be considered in order to add more cutting edge to Chelsea’s attack:
“I don’t think Chelsea need him, but I think he could help. He’s obviously a great player. Christian Pulisic isn’t really happening at the moment. Timo Werner’s not really happening at the moment. So if you’ve got a player who can come in and push them all for places and maybe they could trade one the other way, I reckon Chelsea would be interested in Dembele.”
Manager Thomas Tuchel has denied making contact with Dembele during the January transfer window but the player will leave Barca at the end of the season.
The pair got on very well during their time together at Borussia Dortmund so, while there are other teams interested in the 24-year-old, a move to Stamford Bridge should not be ruled out.
As for Werner and Pulisic, the former seems to be on borrowed time, having only started six Premier League games during his second campaign at the club, while the latter may be afforded more opportunities to realise his potential.