Why Chelsea have the edge over City in Chilwell chase
Manchester City interest in Ben Chilwell could hinge on the outcome of their Court of Arbitration for Sport hearing with Uefa.
City today begin a three-day-hearing as they challenge the two-season ban from European football imposed by Uefa.
With a decision not expected before August, City are unlikely to commit to any major transfers before then with the club set to miss out on revenues of around £200million if the sanctions are upheld.
City were interested in signing 23-year-old Chilwell in the January transfer window with Pep Guardiola seeking further competition to Benjamin Mendy and Oleksandr Zinchenko.
But even if Uefa’s ruling is overturned by CAS, the fee required to sign Chilwell from Leicester City may prove problematic for Guardiola’s side.
City pulled out of the running to sign Harry Maguire last summer having deemed a world-record price tag too much for the England international.
Chelsea warned about potential problem ahead of Hakim Ziyech and Timo Werner arrivals
Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer has warned Chelsea over the signing of Timo Werner.
The Blues are expected to tie up a deal for the RB Leipzig striker this summer with progress being made over a reported £53m deal.
But Shearer has warned Werner will expect Champions League football, suggesting Frank Lampard and his men must now get the job done once the season returns.
The Blues are currently fourth, five points behind Leicester City in third and three ahead of Manchester United in fifth.
“Signing Timo Werner is a huge statement from Chelsea – but it would be a kick in the teeth not to make the top four now,” Shearer wrote in The Sun.
“Along with Hakim Ziyech, they have got two big-hitters through the door before the transfer window has opened.
“I am certain there will be more to come, too, with Ben Chilwell also on their radar.
“But these players will all be expecting to play in the Champions League next season, so it’s imperative they get the job done.
“With a three-point cushion in fourth it would be a real anti-climax if they didn’t, considering the talent on the way in.”
Werner has scored 75 goals in 123 league appearances for Leipzig.
He has 31 goals so far this season, including four in eight appearances in the Champions League.