Chelsea paperwork for Timo Werner deal ‘almost ready’
Chelsea are allegedly on the brink of finalising the paperwork involved with the transfer of RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner.
On Thursday night, it was widely reported that the Blues had activated the player’s release clause, said to be in the region of £54m.
However, Leipzig sporting director Oliver Mintzlaff has denied that there is any agreement in place with Chelsea, who need to formally meet the required fee by June 15.
The Premier League outfit seemingly remain in line to sign the 24-year-old, though, with Sky Sports journalist Fabrizio Romano suggesting that there has been no blip in the process.
Writing on Twitter, Romano said: “No contracts exchanged and nothing officially signed as Leipzig director told today, 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.”
Werner has enjoyed an outstanding campaign, contributing 29 goals and 10 assists in the Bundesliga and Champions League.
Chelsea’s surprise Stamford Bridge as Frank Lampard organises in-house match
Frank Lampard brought his squad back to Stamford Bridge for the first time since March this afternoon as they held an in-house game with just over two weeks to go before their Premier League campaign resumes.
The Blues are set to resume their coronaivrus-delayed campaign away to Aston Villa on June 21 before welcoming Manchester City to West London four days later with all games to take place behind closed doors.
While clear details of today’s practice match are yet to emerge, Lampard and his coaching staff acted as match officials with the squad broken into two sides.
Ruben Loftus-Cheek, Christian Pulisic and WIllian all played a part in the game with the former finding the net as he nears a return from rupturing his achilles more than a year ago.
One team wore the blue home kit and the other were in the white change strip.
Cesar Azpilicueta, Jorginho, Mason Mount, Tammy Abraham, Willian, Loftus-Cheek were part of the “home” team, along with the soon-to-depart Pedro Rodriguez.
The “away” side featured Toni Rudiger, Ross Barkley, Mateo Kovacic, Marcos Alonso, Kurt Zouma and Olivier Giroud.
N’Golo Kante was not involved as he continues to be absent for personal reasons. No timeframe has been set for the France midfielder’s return.
A handful of academy players were also part of the game including Armando Broja, Tino Anjorin, who both appeared off the bench in the final Premier League game before the enforced break, and 18-year-old Henry Lawrence.
While exact details of how the game went have not yet been released, the club have shared some images and it has been reported that Loftus-Cheek and Willian were among those to have scored.