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Timo Werner agrees bumper deal to join Chelsea as Liverpool stall on release clause


RB Leipzig's Timo Werner celebrates with teammates. Photo: Reuters

RB Leipzig's Timo Werner celebrates with teammates. Photo: Reuters

RB Leipzig's Timo Werner celebrates with teammates. Photo: Reuters

Timo Werner has agreed to join Chelsea and the club are on the brink of tying up a deal to sign the forward from RB Leipzig.

The German international is expected to become Chelsea's second signing of the summer transfer window, following Hakim Ziyech, despite the suspension of the Premier League due to the coronavirus crisis.

Chelsea decided to move to sign Werner after Liverpool stalled on meeting his release clause, which is reported to be worth around €55 million. Werner has now agreed to join Chelsea on a contract worth around €220,000-a-week.

Assuming it goes through, the signing will be a significant coup, as Werner had been tracked by Liverpool.

Lampard had identified his attack as the main area to strengthen and Ziyech, who will arrive from Ajax in a deal worth €40m, and Werner will significantly boost his options.

Werner has scored 25 Bundesliga goals this season and was also on target in the first leg of the German club's last-16 Champions League victory over Tottenham. It is believed Chelsea scouted Werner (24) against Spurs to check on how he might be able to adapt to the Premier League.

Werner can play off the flanks, through the middle or partner a striker. His arrival could see the departures of Willian, who has yet to agree a new contract, and Pedro who's been linked with a move to Roma.

It remains to be seen whether Lampard will still try to sign a more traditional centre-forward, given that Olivier Giroud extended his contract for a further 12 months and the club still hope to agree a new deal with Tammy Abraham. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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