Chelsea has confirmed the signing of Timo Werner after Frank Lampard’s side beat their Premier League rivals to sign the star forward from RB Leipzig. The 24-year-old joins the Stamford Bridge side after they offered him a £200,000-per-week deal, having triggered the £50million release clause that was due to expire on June 15.
Werner had been widely tipped to join Liverpool this summer, with Jurgen Klopp a known admirer of Germany forward, who has scored 31 goals in all competitions for Leipzig this season.
But with the Reds feeling the pinch amid the coronavirus pandemic, they were reluctant to stump up the cash to prise the Germany international away from his homeland.
Manchester United was also linked with Werner, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side was trumped by Chelsea as boss Lampard continues to revamp his squad following the signing of winger Hakim Ziyech from Ajax.
Timo Werner has scored an impressive 31 goals for RB Leipzig this season
Werner said: “I am delighted to be signing for Chelsea, it is a very proud moment for me to be joining this great club. “I of course, want to thank RB Leipzig, the club and the fans, for four fantastic years. You will forever be in my heart.
“I look forward to next season with my new team-mates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us.”
Lampard now has an array of exciting attacking options at his disposal as he looks ahead to a silverware challenge on four fronts next season.
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Werner can play either as a centre-forward or out wide, and looks most likely to play on the left wing for Chelsea with young England striker Tammy Abraham expected to lead.
Ziyech would play on the right wing with Mason Mount in a No10 role – while Lampard will also be able to call on widemen Christian Pulisic and Callum Hudson-Odoi and striker Olivier Giroud.
Following the signing of Werner, Lampard is expected to target Leicester City left-back Ben Chilwell, while West ham midfielder Declan Rice and Sassuolo forward Jeremie Boga also believed to be on Chelsea’s radar.
Werner scored 25 goals in 29 Bundesliga matches last season, plus a further four in eight Champions League games, while he also recorded 12 assists in all competitions.