Chelsea 'in talks with Barcelona over Werner and Ziyech transfer sales but Tuchel reluctant to lose stars in January'

Chelsea 'in talks with Barcelona over Werner and Ziyech transfer sales but Tuchel reluctant to lose stars in January'

December 8, 2021

CHELSEA are in talks with Barcelona over loan deals for Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech, according to reports.

But after initial willingness to do a deal, the Blues hierarchy have cooled their stance after Thoms Tuchel said he was reluctant to lose the pair in January.


Cash-strapped Barca are looking for low-cost ways of bolstering their attack in January now Xavi is in charge.

And they have highlighted Chelsea duo Werner and Ziyech as ideal candidates, according to Sport.

Blues director Marina Granovskaia was the first point of contact and was said to be open to talks.

But the West Londoners have 'put the brakes on' despite both men being eager for more game time.

That is as a result of Tuchel's hesitance to weaken his squad mid-season.

The German has a wealth of attacking options at his disposal and Barca hoped to exploit a desire to ensure two bench-bound stars did not lose value by not playing.

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Werner cost £53million from RB Leipzig while Ziyech set the Blues back £37m from Ajax.

Neither man has played much under Tuchel this season – although Ziyech has featured in recent games.

He even set up Mason Mount's 'goal-of-the-season contender' in the Blues' 3-2 defeat to London rivals West Ham on Saturday.

Barca are said to prefer the Ziyech signing but it now looks like both will be scuppered.

And despite their interest in the Blues pair, their No 1 target has always been Manchester City's Ferran Torres.

The Spanish forward has reportedly agreed to join the Nou Camp outfit.

But Manchester City are said to want more than TRIPLE the £20.8million they paid Valencia for the 21-year-old in August 2020.

Torres has reportedly agreed to take a pay cut to join Barca and informed Pep Guardiola of his wishes.

The Catalans had a loan bid rejected by City last summer but new boss Xavi is said to have 'directly requested' the young forward since his return as head coach.

However, City want a transfer fee between £60-68m, according to Mundo Deportivo.

Barca are reportedly only willing to go to about £40m which is making a deal look unlikely at this stage.

Torres is only 18 months into a five-year deal at City having moved from Valencia.

Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani is also said to be a Barca target.

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