RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has decided against a move to Liverpool and will instead ‘probably’ join Chelsea this summer.
That’s according to BILD, who say the striker will make use of a release clause in his contract, which is just under €60m, to make the move to Stamford Bridge.
The German forward has been in red-hot form this season, scoring 31 goals in 40 games, as well as registering 12 assists.
That has seen him heavily linked with a move away from the Bundesliga club, with a move to the Premier League looking the most likely.
Liverpool are those who have been consistently linked with his signature for several months, and BILD confirm that the striker talked with Jürgen Klopp on a video call around Easter.
However, Werner and his advisors haven’t heard from the Reds ‘for weeks’ with it appearing their interest has ‘cooled’.
The newspaper believes this because they are unlikely to spend this summer after seeing losses of €110m during the Coronavirus outbreak.
That has left a gap for Chelsea to exploit, with them keen to ‘rejuvenate’ their side after seeing their transfer ban overturned in December.
Werner would ‘play a central role’ under Frank Lampard and ‘become the face of the club’, with it explained that he is set to sign a five-year deal worth €10m a year at Stamford Bridge.
The striker and his advisor Karlheinz Förster were both at RB Leipzig’s offices yesterday, although the latter refused to comment about a transfer when approached by BILD.
However, it seems one is very much on the cards and, after months of speculation about a move to Liverpool, it is now Chelsea who are ‘one step ahead’ in the race for the 24-year-old’s signature.
This is not the first time there’s been a dramatic change in this on-going transfer saga, though, and perhaps there are more to come before it is over.