Chelsea have agreed a deal in principle to sign Timo Werner from German club, RB Leipzig.
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The Germany international has a £49.4 million release clause, which expires on Monday June 15, according to Sky Sports.
The report said Chelsea will offer the German £200,000-a-week contract, who was also coveted by Liverpool and Manchester United.
Werner had publicly indicated his preference to join Premier League leaders, Liverpool, but the Reds are said to be unwilling to pay the release clause in the current economic climate.
This allowed Chelsea to move in for their number one forward target.
The 24-year-old has reportedly expressed his delight with the possibility of playing for the Frank Lampard’s side.
His priority has always been to sign for a Champions League club, where he can play regularly.
Werner will link up with Hakim Ziyech, who is joining from Ajax for £33 million on July 1, as new additions at Stamford Bridge this summer, after the transfer ban imposed on the club by FIFA was lifted in December 2019.
Chelsea were unable to sign players last year, and opted not to bring in any acquisitions in January, instead focusing on their main targets this summer.
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The club are also interested in bringing in a new left-back, with Leicester’s Ben Chilwell, their number one target.