Chelsea poised to land Werner

Timo Werner

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The clause is between €55-60m (£50-54m) depending on whether Leipzig qualify for the Champions League this season, however Chelsea are willing to pay regardless and Liverpool have admitted defeat in their pursuit of the Germany global.

Liverpool had targeted Werner, with Jürgen Klopp telling his board that the German worldwide would fit in well at Anfield.

The Telegraph previously reported that Chelsea were looking for an opportunity to sign Werner amid Liverpoo's reluctance to meet the release clause.

Werner, who joined Leipzig ahead of the 2016-17 campaign, signed a contract extension last summer and that means, he is contracted with the German club until 2023. Over the course of the last four years with RB Leipzig, the 24-year-old has established himself as one of the most exciting young players in the Bundesliga. However, the striker is tipped to leave the club at the upcoming summer window and has made it clear that he wants to join a club that could offer him Champions League play regularly.

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Abraham has performed well, scoring 15 goals in all competitions in addition to making his competitive England debut and winning Premier League Player of the Year at the London Football Awards in March.

The Daily Mail are reporting that Chelsea have beaten Liverpool to the signature of Werner, with the Merseyside club going cold in terms of contact with the Bundesliga side for the striker.

The Reds have tracked the German worldwide for some months with Klopp a big fan of his compatriot, who has 31 goals across all competitions this season.

Speaking about Werner's future earlier this week, Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann admitted the player will decide where he plays next season.

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