The German newspaper Bild says Chelsea is on the verge of signing RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, beating Inter, Juventus and Liverpool.
Bild says he’s able to settle on a five-year pay package with Chelsea worth more than €10 m a year.
The German centre-forward had scored 31 goals this season for RB Leipzig in 30 competitive games along with 12 assists.
For weeks, Liverpool had been his favourites for a potential transfer, but they seem unwilling to pay for the full release clause.
Inter then emerged as a contender, but only if Lautaro Martinez moved to Barcelona, whereas Juventus appears to have Arkadiusz Milik from Napoli as their first choice.
The 24-year-old striker has a €60 m release clause in his deal, so it was a matter of who’s able to deliver the best sporting and personal terms.
And apparently, Napoli allowed Chelsea to dive in with Werner’s winning proposal.