Chelsea are reportedly closing in on signing RB Leipzig
striker Timo Werner after entering discussions with the Bundesliga outfit.
The 24-year-old attacker has been excellent form for the
Bundesliga outfit this season with 27 goals in 36 appearances so far.
Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for Werner,
while reports this week claimed that Jurgen Klopp is keen to meet with the
But according to Kicker, via Metro, the runaway Premier
League leaders face serious competition for Werner as Chelsea have also made an
Frank Lampard made no secret of his desire to sign a new
frontman in the January transfer window, but Chelsea failed to get a deal over
the line for Uruguay veteran Edinson Cavani.
However, Lampard is once again expected to try and bring in
another striker this summer, especially with Olivier Giroud expected to move
on, and the Blues have reportedly made an initial move for Werner.
Werner, who has a €60 million (£52 million) release clause
in his deal with Leipzig, was close to joining Bayern Munich last summer.
The German champions had the opportunity to bring in the
Germany international for what would have been a bargain €25 million, but they
opted to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona instead.
Bayern's slip-up looks likely to give Premier League duo Chelsea
and Liverpool the opportunity to sign one of the hottest properties in European
football, although Reds legend Jamie Carragher believes his old club are now
out of the running for the player's signature.
If that is the case then Chelsea could have a free run at
Werner, although the Blues could face competition from Italy in the shape of
Inter Milan, if they decide to sell Lautaro Martinez to Barcelona and move for
the German as his replacement.
- TEAMtalk media