New Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has asked the club to pursue a move for Chelsea forward Timo Werner this summer, according to reports. The 25-year-old endured a turbulent first season at Stamford Bridge after joining from RB Leipzig last summer, failing to live up to expectations under both Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel over the course of the campaign.
Werner scored on 12 occasions from 52 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea, a muted return when compared with his 34-goal haul during his final season with Leipzig.
The Germany international often appeared to show a lack of confidence in front of goal, with Tuchel often deploying Kai Havertz in the No 9 role as a result of Werner’s struggles.
Although he did chip in with 14 assists for the Blues, his season was largely characterised by a number of high-profile misses and botched opportunities.
Werner spurned two golden chances to score against West Ham United in the Premier League and Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-finals respectively, before wasting another in the early stages of the final against Manchester City.
Despite his substandard campaign for Chelsea, he is attracting interest from Spanish giants Real with Ancelotti a keen admirer, according to Fichajes.
The report claims that the former Everton boss, who replaced Zinedine Zidane at the helm earlier this month, has made three requests to the board with the addition of Werner being one of them.
Ancelotti is also said to be keen on completing a move for Lyon’s Houssem Aouar and finding a place in the side for Gareth Bale after the Welshman’s return from his loan spell at Tottenham.
It is believed that Chelsea would not be flatly opposed to the idea of selling Werner and could accept a ‘reasonable’ offer for his services.
However, it remains to be seen whether the west London club would be able to make a profit on the £47million they paid Leipzig a year ago, given the striker’s recent form and the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Real’s finances.
The Blues could also decide to keep hold of Werner, who has shown flashes of brilliance at times despite his lacklustre showings this season.
Chelsea boss Tuchel admitted back in April that he was unimpressed by the troubled forward’s glaring misses, but suggested that he still has every chance of justifying his transfer fee by recapturing his form of old once again.
“He missed a big one at West Ham and now he’s missed a big one here [against Real Madrid], that does not help,” Tuchel told reporters.
“But it doesn’t help crying about it or regretting it all the time. There are millions of people who have harder things to deal with than chances that you miss.
“So the good thing about sport is that no one cares tomorrow, today we were sad and angry in the moment – this is normal. He is sad, he is angry and disappointed.
“Tomorrow he has a free day and the next day he must put his chin up. He’s a top guy, a professional guy. He works hard. He’s in the positions. He will not stop believing.
“Everyone accepts the situation like it is. With strikers, if you score the next game, nobody speaks.”