Chelsea poised to beat Liverpool for £53 million Werner: Report

The transfer of RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner might have taken a turn amid reports of Chelsea meeting his release clause.

Timo Werner

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is widely reported to have a €60million release clause in his contract.   -  Bongarts

Chelsea is closing in on a deal to sign striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig, British media reported Thursday.

The 24-year-old had been thought to to be attracting interest from Premier League champion-elect Liverpool but it appears Chelsea has in fact met the German's reported release clause of some £53 million ($67 million).

If Chelsea brings Werner to Stamford Bridge it would be a major feather in the cap of the west London club.

For the past year there has been speculation linking Werner with a move to Anfield but time appears to be running out for the Reds, with the forward's release clause expiring on June 15 -- two days before the Premier League is set to restart after a coronavirus-enforced break of several months.

The Germany international has scored 31 goals for Leipzig in all competitions.

Chelsea has already agreed a deal to sign Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech.

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