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.
Chelsea are looking to activate Timo Werner's release clause of €60m. Karlheinz Förster has been spotted in Leipzig with the Blues advancing. Big backing for Frank Lampard if they get it done. #CFC— Nizaar Kinsella (@NizaarKinsella) June 4, 2020
Timo Werner and his agents confirmed to Chelsea that they’re “ready” to consider and agree details for the contract offered until June 2025. If Liverpool will not hijack the move (and did nothing official yet with Leipzig and with Timo until now...), he’s going to accept #CFC.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) June 4, 2020
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.
Timo Werner has agreed to join Chelsea. More to follow #cfc— Matt Law (@Matt_Law_DT) June 4, 2020
Timo Werner has been offered a five year deal by Chelsea worth £200,000-a-week ahead of £50m move from Red Bull Leipzig.— John Cross (@johncrossmirror) June 4, 2020
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!
(Unless Liverpool change their mind.)
Just been told that Liverpool have pulled out of the “Werner-deal”, because of “financial reasons”.— Jan Aage Fjortoft ️ (@JanAageFjortoft) June 4, 2020
Team Werner have then turned to Chelsea who have presented Werner a package of good money of course, but also his position at the team.
Clubs still need to agree a fee though
Chelsea now favourites to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig. Werner would be happy to play for Chelsea. Final decision expected early next week. £49m release clause expires on 15 June— Kaveh Solhekol (@SkyKaveh) June 4, 2020
Right I finally have info (I know it’s well behind everyone else)— CarefreeYouth (@CarefreeYouth) June 4, 2020
Chelsea are willing to pay the clause. Werner and his camp are seeing if Liverpool step up or not. If not terms will be negotiated. We have to wait on Liverpool but it’s looking very promising #CFC