Chelsea captain Cesar Azpilicueta has been impressed by the impact new signings Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech have had so far in training. Chelsea’s long season finally came to an end last week after losing to Bayern Munich in the Champions League round of 16.
It followed on from the FA Cup final defeat to Arsenal the week prior but Frank Lampard’s side did secure Champions League football for next season.
For now, clubs are looking at the summer transfer window in a bid to help bolster their options for next season.
The coronavirus pandemic has affected numerous sides though, leaving them with limited funds to sign new players.
Chelsea haven’t had such problems, splashing out £90million on Ziyech and Werner, albeit the former’s deal was agreed before the COVID-19 outbreak.
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Still, Chelsea transfer fixer Marina Granovskaia is closing in on a deal to sign Kai Havertz from Bayer Leverkusen, while there is talk of a mega-money move to sign Jan Oblak from Atletico Madrid.
It remains to be seen what business Chelsea do manage to complete before the start of the new season on September 12.
The transfer window runs until October 5 and Chelsea could well be active up until that point.
Werner and Ziyech though have already had a number of training sessions with their new Chelsea team-mates.
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And Azpilicueta believes the pair will come in and immediately help Chelsea on the offensive end.
“Both of them have shown their quality in training in these past couple of weeks,” he told Chelsea’s official website.
“We have seen their potential offensively, the way they can create chances and the way they can score goals so they are big additions to the team.
“The quicker and easier they can adapt to the Premier League, the better it will be for everybody so it was good to have them with the group for a few weeks at the end of the season.
“They are already integrated and know everybody so it’s been a very good time for that and now we’re all looking forward to seeing them on the pitch.”
Oblak, who has a £110m release clause, responded to rumours linking him with a move to Chelsea before Atletico’s exit from the Champions League on Thursday night.
“I’ll assess the season when the last game is over,” he told Spanish newspaper AS.
Now that Atletico have been eliminated, Oblak is expected to make a decision on his future.
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