Chelsea have sensationally jumped to the front of the Timo Werner queue, with reports in Germany claiming the Blues are in advanced talks with RB Leipzig over a €60m deal.
Werner has been in sensational form for Julian Nagelsmann’s side this season, netting 25 Bundesliga goals in just 29 appearances.
His scoring exploits have unsurprisingly caught the attention of some of Europe’s top clubs with Barcelona, Bayern Munich and Inter all being linked with the German. However, it had seemed that Liverpool was his most likely destination after he publicly praised Jurgen Klopp and his squad.
Chelsea have capitalised on this and have now entered pole position to sign the 24-year-old. Bild’s report states that the Blues want the former Stuttgart man to became the face of the club and are willing to trigger his €60m release clause in order to obtain his services. Werner could end up signing a contract until 2025 with Frank Lampard’s side, earning €10m-per-year.
90min learned last month that Chelsea had not given up hope in their pursuit of the striker and it appears that their persistance has paid off.
Head coach Lampard, who replaced Maurizio Sarri in the dugout last summer. has been chasing a striker for some time. He’s previously targeted Lyon frontman Moussa Dembele, as he looks for added competition for first choices striker Tammy Abraham.
In Werner, he’d sign not only a prolific centre forward, but a player capable of providing versatility by playing on both wings.
Both Liverpool and Chelsea return to action next month, with the former just two wins away from clinching their maiden Premier League title. They could even win it by defeating Everton in their first game back, as long as Manchester City lose to Arsenal on 17 June. The Blues, meanwhile, are focussed on qualifying for next season’s Champions League.