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Official: Chelsea sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig

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IT’S TIMO TIME!

RB Leipzig v 1. FC Union Berlin - Bundesliga Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images

Chelsea have made a massive statement of intent by securing the signature of Germany international Timo Werner. The RB Leipzig striker was today announced as Chelsea’s newest signing. He will link up with his new team-mates in July, subject to passing a medical examination.

The 24-year-old goal machine has put pen to paper on a five-year contract, after Chelsea agreed to pay the buyout clause in his Leipzig contract. The fee, which has been reported to be as low as €50m (£45m) by Sky Sports, makes Werner the third most expensive striker in Chelsea history after Álvaro Morata’s £60m transfer in 2017, and Fernando Torres’ £50m move in 2011.

Werner has become synonymous with goalscoring in the last four seasons at RB Leipzig, collecting nearly 100 goals in all competitions, including over 30 just this season. He had long been linked with Liverpool, but as the Premier League champions-elect waffled due to financial considerations, Chelsea took advantage of the opportunity.

Timo will be expected to see out the rest of the Bundesliga season, which is currently scheduled to finish on June 27, just before the normal cutoff date of June 30. Werner will likely not be allowed to play for Leipzig in August, when this season’s Champions League is set to conclude (he’ll also be ineligible to play for Chelsea in our Round of 16 second leg against Bayern).

In any case, here’s to a long and goal-filled future.

Welcome, Timo. Let’s win some things!