Transfer: Chelsea ready to pay Werner’s £54m, table a contract offer to Leipzig striker

Chelsea ready to pay Werner's £54m
Chelsea ready to pay Werner’s £54m, table a contract offer to Leipzig striker

Chelsea ready to pay Werner’s £54m:

The Blues are looking to add one of Europe’s most prolific centre-forwards to their ranks when the transfer window reopens.

Chelsea are ready to pay Timo Werner’s £54 million (€60m/ $68m) release clause after tabling a contract offer for the RB Leipzig striker, Goal can confirm.

Werner has been in electrifying form for Leipzig in the Bundesliga this season, scoring 25 goals in 29 appearances to help the club rise to third in the table.

The 24-year-old’s outstanding performances have caught the eye of a number of Europe’s top clubs, including Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Liverpool.

Chelsea has also been mooted as a possible landing spot for the German center-forward, and Goal has learned that the club has already made contact with Leipzig over a potential deal.

The clause is between €55-60m (£50-54m) depending on whether Leipzig qualifies for the Champions League this season, however, Chelsea are willing to pay regardless and Liverpool has admitted defeat in their pursuit of the Germany international.

The Blues have offered Werner a contract worth £9m ($11.4m) per year at Stamford Bridge, and plan to trigger his buy-out clause when the summer transfer window opens.

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Advancing talks for Werner come after he instructed clubs of his disinterest in moving in January with the Blues having targeted a forward during the winter window.

Indeed, in January, Werner’s clause was only around £36m (€40m/$45m) but he wanted to see the season out with RB Leipzig and attempt to win the Bundesliga title.

Frank Lampard admitted at the start of the week that he wants to make a “few additions” to his squad after missing out on a number of targets in January.

Tammy Abraham has served as Chelsea’s first-choice striker throughout the 2019-20 season, and Olivier Giroud committed to fresh terms with the club in May, but Michy Batshuayi looks set to leave Stamford Bridge later this year.

Werner made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League and stated that he is more attracted by a potential transfer abroad than by a transfer to Bayern.

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool was considered Werner’s front runners for a long time, but they became cautious about the deal in the coronavirus crisis’s economic climate.

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The International Germany had also suggested that Liverpool would be his first choice destination, expressing its belief that during an interview with Welt back in February he would be a “good fit” for Jurgen Klopp ‘s system.

However, ex-Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley has been among those to warn Werner against a switch to Anfield, insisting that the Leipzig frontman might not be guaranteed a spot in the Reds starting XI.

Burley also said of the Blues’ interest in Werner: “I’m not surprised Chelsea would be interested, he ticks every box for them.”

On Saturday, the German marksman will be back in action with Leipzig, with men from Julian Nagelsmann set to take over from Paderborn. Werner found the net last time out in Leipzig ‘s 4-2 win over Cologne and is now just four goals behind Robert Lewandowski of Bayern in the Golden Boot race.
He’s one of two major signings that Chelsea wants to make this summer-Leicester and England left-back Ben Chilwell is the other-with Lampard then likely to pursue loans and swaps in the midst of financial constraints that coronavirus is enforcing.

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