101 covered reports earlier this month, which claimed that Chelsea have drawn up a shortlist of striker targets for Mauricio Pochettino.
It was claimed that Chelsea have been in contact with a number of options, including Montpellier’s Elye Wahi.
Now, Fabrizio Romano has provided an update on Chelsea’s pursuit of Elye Wahi and stated that the west Londoners plan to loan the striker out if they sign him.
Romano said: “Elye Wahi – Chelsea could face competition for this deal as German clubs like Wahi too – the competition is coming from there at the moment.
“Still, Chelsea are ahead in the race for now, and they will try to get it done this week. Strasbourg would be an option for loan but not the only one, it will be discussed in the next meetings. “For sure, he’d sign and then go out on loan, this has been Chelsea’s plan for him since day one.”
Wahi joined Montpellier in 2018 as a youngster and is now a key figure in their starting line-up despite being just 20 years of age.
He has featured 91 times for their senior side, but it is in 2022/23 where he has truly come into his own. Wahi netted 19 goals and assisted six in 33 Ligue 1 outings for his current side.
Said return is miles above anything a Chelsea player managed in the Premier League last season, so sending Wahi out on loan in 2023/24 does not appear to make much sense, especially given the Blues’ lack of striker options at present.