What Sancho must do to trigger Chelsea transfer – alternative targets have two advantages

Chelsea are looking to overhaul their squad this summer and see Jadon Sancho as a key part of their rebuild. The Borussia Dortmund ace has been identified as a priority target and the Blues are keen to beat Premier League rivals Manchester United to a deal.

However, Borussia Dortmund value Sancho at an eye-watering £120million after 20 goals and 20 assists in all competitions so far this season.

Chelsea potentially have the financial clout to meet this price tag, although United are reportedly ahead of the Blues in the race for Europe’s hottest property.

Frank Lampard is therefore considering a number of attacking alternatives with Philippe Coutinho considered cheaper and Kai Havertz more versatile, according to ESPN.

Senior football writer James Olley said: “Philippe Coutinho is obviously a different type of player to Jadon Sancho, but he’s much more readily available.

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“Essentially his agent has been hawking him around Europe at the moment, and a number of clubs have been offered the chance to sign him.

“You’re talking about a £9million or £10m loan fee and Barcelona would want his entire £250,000-a-week wages covered so it’s not necessarily a cheap deal – but a cheaper deal than Sancho.

“I do know he’s a player that Lampard admires. He does want some more creativity and some unpredictability in the team, and he [Coutinho] would certainly fit the bill there.

“I think if Sancho made an indication that he was prepared to come to Chelsea over United, I think certainly they would throw everything they’ve got to try and make that deal happen.

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“But given that it looks like United are further ahead at the moment, Coutinho and a player like Kai Havertz is another that they have looked at.”

Barcelona bought Coutinho from Liverpool for £142m in January 2018 but the Brazilian failed to settle at the Nou Camp and was sent on loan to Bayern Munich last season.

The Bavarian club have been impressed with the playmaker but are unwilling to take up their option on a permanent deal, meaning Barca may have to be content with another loan move.

Coutinho’s Bundesliga rival Havertz is attracting plenty of attention from Premier League clubs, after indicating that he is ready for a move away from Bayer Leverkusen.

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And the youngster’s versatility is a major plus point when Chelsea are considering who to target during the upcoming transfer window.

Speaking about Havertz, Olley said: “Again, a different type of player – Havertz has been playing as a central striker more recently but can play as a No 10.

“I think they see him as being a bit more versatile. I know he’s not played a lot on the left but they potentially see him as someone who they can mould. He’s only 20 years old so plenty of time for him to develop.

“But that deal would be quite expensive. There’s talk of him being worth £70m or £80m, maybe more so Coutinho represents the cheapest of those three options.

“I certainly think we’re going to see an attacking arrival at Chelsea. It’s just a case of working out which one they can pull off.”

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