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Chelsea hoping to find a Timo Werner release clause to release — report

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Timo Werner has been one of the names mentioned fairly often after Chelsea’s transfer ban was cut in half and opened the January transfer market to the club, but RB Leipzig are unlikely to let their goal-per-game striker simply waltz out the door just because some other team would like them to.

Have we tried asking nicely?

However, should Werner’s contract include a release clause, the matter would be out of Leipzig’s hands and would be down to the 23-year-old’s wishes and desires. Roll out the red blue carpet!

Chelsea are apparently one of the team hoping that such a release clause exists. But because football contracts are anything but transparent and their details are certainly not public, no one seems to have any solid idea whether that is the case or not. According to the Telegraph’s Matt Law, Chelsea are having to work just to try to clarify the situation — again, have we tried asking nicely?

Unfortunately, the report makes no guesses as to what Chelsea may or may not have found out thus far. Other reports have put a potential Werner release clause anywhere in the £25-50m territory, but as far as when that may be valid, it’s anyone’s guess. It seems unlikely to be valid for January, but perhaps the summer of 2020 (or 2021) might be a different case? Who knows!

The idea of having both Tammy Abraham and Timo Werner as Chelsea strikers is a FIFA/FM-type move. But if we can pull it off...