Leipzig chief issues update on Timo Werner deal
RB Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff has cooled talk that striker Timo Werner is on the verge of sealing a transfer to Chelsea, insisting the club have yet to receive an offer for the player’s services.
Report from Standard Sport shows that the Blues are set to win the race to sign the prolific German international, who will pen a five-year contract at Stamford Bridge worth a cool £200,000-a-week.
Leipzig are largely powerless to prevent their prized asset – scorer of 31 goals in 41 appearances across all competitions so far this term – from leaving the Red Bull Arena due to the presence of a £53million release clause in Werner’s current contract.
Chelsea fans are understandably anxious to see confirmation of the high-profile deal provided amid daily speculation over potential rival interest in the one-time Liverpool target, though it appears they will have to wait a little bit longer with that aforementioned buyout yet to be triggered.
However, Mintzlaff claims that talks with Chelsea are yet to take place, he reported as saying : “We haven’t had an exchange with Chelsea yet,” the Leipzig CEO told Sky Germany. “So far, Timo Werner has not drawn the [£53m release] clause, nor has a club sent a transfer contract.
“We have nothing to report and do not take part in the daily speculation.”
All the talk regarding Werner’s future did not prevent the 24-year-old from lining up for Leipzig in the latest round of Bundesliga action on Saturday.
He gave a lively performance and provided an eighth assist of the season for Patrik Schick at home against bottom club Paderborn, but was also guilty of a couple of key misses as Julian Nagelsmann’s Champions League hopefuls were held to a frustrating 1-1 draw following the dismissal of centre-back Dayot Upamecano.
Timo Werner play time against Paderborn, A message to Chelsea
With prolific German forward Timo Werner seemingly on his way to Stamford Bridge, Chelsea fans got an early chance to see the 24-year-old in action, as RB Leipzig hosted Paderborn this afternoon. But how did he get on?
Disappointingly for Chelsea fans, Werner wasn’t to get on the scoresheet today – despite coming up against the Bundesliga’s bottom side!
However, the forward was lively throughout, his most significant contribution coming after 27 minutes. He beat the offside trap, broke down the Paderborn defensive line and found Patrick Schick with a neat cut-back to finish for his eighth assist of the season.
With all eyes on Werner, and the score settled at 1-1, he had a glorious chance to seal the win. He broke free on the left-hand side of the box, but thrashed over from a relatively straightforward position. Putting it bluntly, he should have scored. It wasn’t meant to be, however.