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Werner agrees to join as Chelsea activate release clause — reports

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Further reports of Chelsea making money moves

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IT’S HAPPENING!

Things have escalated rather quickly today, as they often do in our transfer market moves, and the transfer of Timo Werner to Chelsea looks set to go ahead indeed.

The story broke in Germany, with Sport Bild, but now all the usual Chelsea suspects have chimed in as well.

Fabrizio Romano reports that Chelsea are ready with a bid in the next few hours — i.e. paying the 24-year-old’s €55m buyout clause — which is then confirmed by a report from Nizaar Kinsella of Goal who says that Werner’s agent has been spotted in Leipzig, presumably with one of those giant checks signed by Abramovich.

Meanwhile, the Telegraph’s Matt Law states categorically that personal terms have been agreed, which the original report put at over €10m per year for five years — or about £200k per week.

That all sounds quite excellent. Werner is a tremendous proven goalscorer with 92 goals in 154 appearances for RB Leipzig, including 31 in all competitions this season. Whether as a lone striker or paired with Tammy Abraham, he should be a fantastic signing for Chelsea!

IT’S HAPPENING!

(Unless Liverpool change their mind.)