Chelsea close to signing Leipzig striker Timo Werner

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June 5, 2020

June 5, 2020

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Chelsea are close to completing a deal for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

Werner, 24, has attracted interest from Liverpool, but the Press Association reported that the Blues have made the move and have met the German's release clause, supposed to be around £53million (Dh245m).

He is expected to sign a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge in what would be a major coup for Chelsea.

Werner seemed destined for a move to Anfield after a year of speculation, but the Reds have failed to act, with the striker's release clause expiring on June 15.

The Germany international has scored 31 goals for the Bundesliga club in all competitions this season – including one against Tottenham in the Champions League last 16 – and is set to join when the transfer window opens later this summer.

Chelsea have already agreed a deal to sign Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech.

Werner has been a scoring sensation at Leipzig following his 2016 transfer from hometown club Stuttgart and has helped make the recently-formed team a top side in Germany.

But he is ready to test himself elsewhere and will provide further strength to Chelsea's attacking ranks.

The Blues last month extended World Cup winner Olivier Giroud's contract until the end of the 2020-21 season while they also have England international Tammy Abraham, who scored 15 goals before the season was halted.

Updated: June 5, 2020 10:10 AM

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