Timo Werner refuses to play out Champions League season to force Chelsea move

Timo Werner

Red Bull Leipzig may not be able to call upon their striker Timo Werner when their Champions League season resumes in August – as he wants to join Chelsea in July.

Chelsea appear to have all but wrapped up the signing of the Germany international, with a £53m transfer move set to be completed over the coming weeks.

Werner scored 19 goals last campaign and has hit another 31 in all competitions this season to further enhance his reputation as one of the finest young scorers in Europe.

Liverpool were long linked with Timo Werner as Jurgen Klopp is known to be a big fan of the player, but Chelsea stole in and Lampard will be able to call upon him next season.

And, according to the latest reports, Werner is so keen to establish himself in the Chelsea squad that he will willingly sacrifice playing in the latter stages of this campaign’s Champions League with his club Leipzig.

Sport Bild claim Werner will see out the Bundesliga season – which ends on June 27 – and immediately move to London so he is with the blues by the start of July.

According to reports, the Champions League quarter-finals are expected to start in August – with a Lisbon-hosted 12-day mini tournament to complete the competition – this means the German striker will miss out on playing all Leipzig’s remaining European games.

Whether the striker will be allowed to register for Chelsea before the transfer window opens remains to be seen, though talks have been held to allow Premier League teams to re-register their 25-man squads throughout the completion of the top-flight season.

Chelsea resume their campaign on Sunday with a trip to Aston Villa, with the club hoping to tighten their grasp on a top four finish.


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