Secret trips, key negotiators – How Werner and Ziyech fell for the Lampard-Cech charm offensive

Things seems to be changing at Chelsea, and very much for the better.

Over recent years, it would seem that Chelsea managers have not really been allowed to be in the driving seat whilst pursuing transfer business.

The board have very much been at the forefront of player arrivals, and as a result, we have seen disastrous signings such as Tiemoue Bakayoko, Alvaro Morata, Davide Zappacosta, and Danny Drinkwater in recent years.

But it finally looks like the board are allowing the football experts to front moves and even take charge of initial contacts with potential new players.

The Telegraph has revealed that new technical director Petr Cech has actually been pinnacle in signing both Hakim Ziyech, and the soon to be announced Timo Werner.

In fact, the report states that Cech and Lampard took a secret trip to Germany before lock down began, and met with Werner, his family, and his representatives.

As a result of this, the Werner camp were warmed by the pair’s charm, and his decision to go to Chelsea was helped massively by this.

They did the same with Ziyech, by personally making contact and speaking to the player regularly, helping convince him to join Chelsea.

This is very refreshing to see, and has been a long time coming.