Chelsea’s £52m capture of Timo Werner is edging ever closer after it was reported that paperwork for the deal is “almost ready”.
RB Leipzig star Werner is set to sign for Chelsea next week after the Premier League side offered him a bumper £200,000-per-week deal.
The Bundesliga club’s chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff confirmed on Saturday that the West Londoners had not yet triggered the striker’s release clause, which is set to expire on June 15.
But Chelsea have a “verbal agreement” with Werner, and paperwork for the deal will soon be exchanged, Sky Sports football correspondent Fabrizio Roman has said on Twitter.
“No contracts exchanged and nothing officially signed as Leipzig director told today,” Romano tweeted.
“But Chelsea have a ‘verbal agreement’ with Timo Werner and they’re convinced he’s on his way to Stamford Bridge for next season. Paperworks are almost ready.”
Chelsea have made Werner an early priority as Lampard rejuvenates his squad ready for a challenge for honours on four fronts next season.
But on Saturday, Mintzlaff said the Stamford Bridge side were still in discussions and insisted there was “nothing to report”.
“We haven’t had an exchange with Chelsea yet,” the chief executive told Sky Germany. “So far, Timo Werner has not drawn the clause, nor has a club sent a transfer contract.
“We have nothing to report and do not take part in the daily speculation.”
Chelsea had serious competition from Liverpool for Werner’s signature, but as revealed by Mirror Sport, the Reds were forced to pull out of the running.
The coronavirus crisis has played havoc with the club’s finances, and Jurgen Klopp was forced to inform Werner the Reds couldn’t justify a £52m transfer at this time.
Werner, who has scored 31 goals for Leipzig this season, is expected next week to become Chelsea’s second signing under Lampard, who completed the transfer of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax back in February.
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