Chelsea’s expected £50m capture of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner demonstrated Frank Lampard’s side mean business next season.
Chelsea has agreed on a deal in principle to sign the Germany international, Timo Werner who has a €55m release clause which expires on 15th June. The Blues has offered a £200,000-a week contract to convince the 24-year-old to move to Stamford Bridge this summer.
Werner, who has scored an impressive 25 Bundesliga goals in this campaign had also interested in Liverpool and Manchester united. But the Blues now “stole” a march on the Premier League rivals in a move that signals the club’s intentions going forward.
“Chelsea has agreed with Werner this week to move to Stamford Bridge at the end of the season. there is an agreement between the club and players”. Matt Law said.
“He has a release clause in the region of £53m, which will get activated, and everybody expects that to go through”.
“A lot of people have been taken by surprise that Chelsea has moved so quickly on such a big deal right in the middle of the coronavirus crisis before the season has restarted, to commit to spending £53m and reported wages of around £200,000 per week for a player like Werner”.
“Clearly it shows their intent, it is a real statement from them that they are ready to go again, that they are willing to spend and it puts pressure on others as we are hearing that Tottenham and Arsenal are having to look at loans and free transfers this next market”.
“Liverpool were certainly interested in Werner but decided that during this coronavirus crisis they did not want to commit to that sort of money. So, Chelsea has put their marker down for everyone else with that deal.”
Unlike the majority of Europe’s elite clubs this summer, however, Chelsea is actually in a healthy position when it comes to their dealings in the transfer market, as Law explains.