The 24-year-old German international sealed the deal this week but he will have to remain at the Bundesliga side until the end of the 2019-2020 season. Hence, he is expected to join up with the rest of Chelsea‘s squad in July after he must have undergone medical examination.
While announcing that the famous deal has been sealed, Timo Werner said: “I am delighted to be signing for Chelsea, it is a very proud moment for me to be joining this great club. I, of course, want to thank RB Leipzig, the club and the fans, for four fantastic years. You will forever be in my heart.
“I look forward to next season with my new team-mates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us.”
Timo Werner is expected to replicate his outstanding performance so far this season in the Premier League next season. This season alone the fast-paced forward has scored a whopping 32 goals and has made 13 assists in 43 appearances in all competitions for RB Leipzig. He is currently the second-highest goalscorer in the Bundesliga.
Timo Werner is young and exciting
Since late May, Timo Werner has been one of the most talked-about footballers in the transfer market. Initially, he was heavily linked with a move to Premier League table-toppers Liverpool football club. Unfortunately for Jurgen Klopp’s squad, the management of Liverpool felt the £45 million release clause was too much amid the coronavirus pandemic that has greatly affected the earning of football clubs across Europe.
Chelsea’s management decided to weigh in and triggered the release clause. Hence, talks of Werner leaving the Bundesliga to the Premier League remained between Chelsea and RB Leipzig. The deal they both agreed on has not been made public but Timo Werner will reportedly earn £9 million per season and the deal will last for five seasons.
Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said: “We are very excited that Timo Werner has chosen to join Chelsea. He is a player who was coveted all over Europe and it is no surprise, he has that rare mix of being young and exciting and yet established and proven. We can’t wait to have Timo on board, but until then we wish him and RB Leipzig all the best for the rest of this season.”
Werner is the second major signing coach Frank Lampard has made since he took over the running of Chelsea’s squad in 2019. His first signing this summer was Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech.