Timo Werner, a forward for Chelsea, is allegedly close to returning to RB Leipzig, meaning the Blues may have to accept losing a second forward in one transfer window.
Romelu Lukaku was already allowed to leave Chelsea this summer, and Timo Werner might potentially leave Stamford Bridge before the transfer market closes in September.
The 26-year-old German attacker, whom Chelsea paid £45 million to buy from Leipzig two years ago, wants to leave in order to play more frequently and qualify for Germany’s World Cup squad this winter.
According to Sky Sports, negotiations between the two clubs are proceeding “at full speed,” and the Bundesliga club is looking into both temporary loan agreements and long-term contracts.
Romelu Lukaku has already left the Blues during the current transfer window, returning to Inter Milan on a season-long loan.
The addition of Raheem Sterling from Manchester City has increased Thomas Tuchel’s team’s options in attack, but Werner’s departure would still make the London team appear thin.
After a 28-goal Bundesliga season in Leipzig, Werner joined Chelsea in the summer of 2020, and after a difficult year in front of goal for Chelsea, there may be a belief that he can regain that form.
However, if the German international is to rejoin his old team, it will happen in spite of Tuchel’s wishes rather than as a result of them.
Werner said that despite attention from other teams, he thought “the overall package was a better fit” after joining the Blues in 2020.
He is no longer a lock to be picked, though, and is rumored to be interested in playing regular football to ensure a spot in Germany’s World Cup squad.
The 26-year-old was acquired by Chelsea from Leipzig two years ago, but he hasn’t been able to maintain the goal-scoring form that led the Blues to trigger his £45 million release clause.
He made his Germany debut while playing for Die Roten Bullen and scored 95 goals in 159 games for the Bundesliga team.
Werner only received 21 league games from Tuchel last season, but the German manager is reportedly eager to hold onto his countryman.
However, the next World Cup, where the forward has his heart set on helping Germany bounce back from their group stage exit in 2018, is where the issue arises.
As Werner stated in July, “First and foremost, the most essential thing is that I be pleased.
When I play and score goals, I am thrilled. This is a fact. I could be content wherever I was.
It is obvious that I need and want to play more games in order to improve my condition for the World Cup and increase my chances of competing there.
Whether the World Cup is held in the winter or in the summer, I don’t think it makes any difference. I believe that I should play, whether it’s for half, the entire season, or none at all.”
During Germany’s World Cup qualifying campaign, Werner scored five goals, sharing the group lead with teammates Serge Gnabry and Ilkay Gundogan.
If Juventus is unsuccessful in landing their first target, Alvaro Morata, Sky Italia reports that Juventus will also be interested in Werner.