Chelsea are understood to have agreed a deal in principle to sign Germany striker Timo Werner from Bundesliga club RB Leipzig.
The 24-year-old was attracting interest from
Liverpool but it now appears that the Blues have made the move to meet
the German’s release clause, reported to be about NZ$103 million.
Werner is expected to tie
up a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge worth NZ$389,000 a week in what
would be a major coup for Chelsea.
The Germany international
seemed destined for a move to Anfield after a year of speculation, but
the Reds have failed to act, with the striker’s release clause expiring
on June 15.
Werner has scored 31
goals in all club competitions this season – including one against
Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League last 16 – and is set to join
when the transfer window opens later this northern summer.
He is second-top scorer in the Bundesliga this season with 25 goals, four behind Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.
Chelsea have already agreed a deal to sign Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech.
Werner has been a scoring
sensation at Leipzig after his 2016 transfer from hometown club
Stuttgart and has helped make the recently-formed team a top force in
But he is ready to test
himself in the Premier League and will provide further strength to
Chelsea’s attacking ranks. Werner has made 29 appearances for Germany,
scoring 11 times.
The Blues last month extended World Cup winner Olivier Giroud’s contract until the end of the 2020-21 season while they also have England international Tammy Abraham, who scored 15 goals before the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.