Chelsea agree deal in principle to sign forward Timo Werner
Premier League side Chelsea are set to add more gloss in their forward line by agreeing a deal in principle to sign Timo Werner. The RB Leipzig striker has a £49.4m release clause which is set to expire on June 15. According to Sky Sports, the Blues have offered a £200,000-a-week contract to Werner. Here's more on the same.
The Germany international would be Chelsea's second signing for next season. Frank Lampard's side had earlier completed a £37m deal for Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech in February. Chelsea are set to be stocked heavily in attack. Recently, veteran striker Olivier Giroud was handed a contract extension. Besides Giroud, the Blues have Tammy Abraham leading the line. Meanwhile, Werner's signing could end Michy Batshuayi's stint.
Werner was wanting to join Liverpool and play under Jurgen Klopp. The Leipzig star had earlier stated that Reds manager is the best and believed Liverpool's style of play will suit him. However, Liverpool were unwilling to pay the release clause in the current scheme of things. This saw Chelsea make a move for the 24-year-old striker.
Werner has established himself as a top striker over the course of the last four years with RB Leipzig. He is an exciting young player and has impressed largely in the Bundesliga. The former Stuttgart player is tactically flexible and can also play in wide positions, particularly when cutting inside from the left. At 24, he has already made 257 career club appearances.
Werner started his career with Stuttgart, having scored 14 goals in 103 matches. He found his feet after signing for Leipzig in 2016. The last three seasons saw Werner 21, 21 and 19 goals across competitions. This season has been his best. He has scored 31 goals in 40 matches. Notably, he is the second-highest scorer in Bundesliga this season (25).