When January rolls by, Chelsea is probably going to call it quits on two of their recent signings, Timo Werner and Hakim Ziyech. This would represent an acceptance of failure on the part of the London club over two talents they signed during the 2020 summer transfer window for a combined fee of about £90m.
Signed from RB Leipzig, Timo Werner has failed to replicate the goalscoring form that saw Chelsea splash up to £50m to bring him to Stamford Bridge. In his first season, Werner struggled terribly and went for months without finding the back of the net. Though he was influential with assists, Chelsea had to spend an additional £98m last summer to bring in Romelu Lukaku to score the goals.
The case of Hakim Ziyech is a little bit more complicated. The former Ajax playmaker has shown flashes of brilliance but a cruel combination of injuries, manager change and different tactics have prevented the Moroccan from staking his claim in the Chelsea starting XI. Ziyech, signed for £33m from Ajax, is wanted in Italy by both AC Milan and Inter Milan.
In the coming January transfer window, Chelsea might cut their losses and move on both players. They will expect to make some of the money they spent on signing both Werner and Ziyech back. A return of £60m on both players would be enough to fund their pursuit of other players like Jules Kounde.