Striker has “already spoken” with Lampard ahead of the proposed move

Chelsea are close to signing Timo Werner after agreeing a deal to sign the forward from RB Leipzig.  It seems Chelsea manager Frank Lampard has “already spoken” with the player.

The German international is expected to become Chelsea’s second signing of the summer transfer window, following the arrival of the Ajax Playmaker Hakim Ziyech.

Werner has a €55m (£49.4m) release clause which expires on Monday, June 15. Now, Chelsea have agreed to pay the release-clause fee after contacting Leipzig over a potential deal. Werner had publicly indicated his preference to move to Liverpool but they were unwilling to pay the release clause in the current climate.

Werner started his career from VfB Stuttgart and has impressed since joining RB Leipzig in 2016. He has 31 goals in all competitions this season. He has helped Julian Nagelsmann’s side to reach the Champions League quarter-finals. His outstanding performances caught the eye of a number of Europe’s top clubs. 

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Fabrizio Romano, an Italian journalist, associated with Sky Sports and The Guardian (among others), claims Leipzig man is now Chelsea bound.  

“Timo Werner is ready to sign his contract as new Chelsea player until June 2025 on next days – paperwork time. Liverpool have not sent any official bid to hijack the move.

“Chelsea will pay €55M to RB Leipzig. Timo has already spoken directly with Frank Lampard.”

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