Chelsea FC have reportedly agreed on a deal in principle to sign RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner.
As per the media reports, Chelsea have offered a £200,000-a-week deal to Werner, who will pen down a five-year contract with the Premier League side. The official announcement, however, will be made next week when his €55m (£49.4m) release clause will expire on Monday, June 15.
Werner, after a stellar display in the 2019/20 Bundesliga season where he has scored 25 goals in 29 appearances, attracted interest from Liverpool, Manchester United and even Bayern Munich.
Speaking of his links with Liverpool, Werner added fuel to the fire by saying that he feels proud of that association. Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp, on the other hand, tried to reduce Werner's transfer fee but couldn't succeed, and thus the move failed to materialise.
As for Bayern Munich, they are now extensively chasing Manchester City winger Leroy Sane after Werner rejected an offer from the record German champions. With both the clubs out of the picture, Chelsea moved forward in offering him a lucrative deal amidst the growing financial crunches during the global pandemic.
With that being done, Werner will join Hakim Ziyech, who will be joining the Blues in July following his £33m move from Ajax, as Chelsea’s newest acquisition.
The announcement has gathered a mixed response amongst the Premier League faithful given that Liverpool too were chasing the German forward a month back. This is how they are reacting:
Liverpool fans when they see Timo Werner signing for Chelsea... pic.twitter.com/wIR3kRy8rw— Football Mumble (@football_mumble) June 5, 2020
Manchester United defense trying to stop a Chelsea counter of Hakim Ziyech, Timo Werner and Christian Pulisic next season 😂pic.twitter.com/MrLdNjGkoy— Benue Breed❄️ (@oyimzy) June 5, 2020
Who needs timo Werner when you have Minamino pic.twitter.com/8CGRU6el8e— Cindymonel™ (@cindy_blog) June 5, 2020
If you include the loan fee that Atlético paid for Morata, Chelsea received £51.3m from the deal.— Patrick Timmons (@PatrickTimmons1) June 4, 2020
They’re now triggering Werner’s release clause of £49m.
They essentially went from Morata to Werner & made a profit.
Their negotiator deserves a statue outside Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea sold:— Thesemilore. (@thesemilore) June 4, 2020
Ziyech + Werner= 90
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Chelsea signed Ziyech about to sign Werner— Oreoluwa on twirra_ (@oreoluwa_exx) June 4, 2020
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