Thursday morning turned out to be a good one for Chelsea fans as Timo Werner’s transfer to the club from German club RB Leipzig was confirmed subject to a medical. The 24 year old striker will join Chelsea in July with the Bundesliga set to end in two weeks time with only 2 gameweeks left in the season.
Chelsea were interested in Werner for some time but up till 3 weeks ago Timo was almost at the doors of Liverpool with Klopp and co having courted him for the past 6 months. Werner himself had talked up Liverpool in interviews this year and it was merely a case of Liverpool putting in a bid. 3 weeks ago on Thursday around 9:30pm in India the situation suddenly changed. A tweet by German journalist Christian Falk stated that Chelsea were leading the chase for Werner. Suddenly Chelsea twitter was lit up still many were skeptical. A few minutes later Falk stated that Werner to Chelsea was a done deal and that the German would be heading to the London club. Skepticism was still rampant but slowly and suddenly many more reputed journalists from football started to chime in with the likes of Simon Johnson, Fabrizio Romano etc all confirming Chelsea were in talks or had bid. Soon though Matt Law tweeted that Chelsea had agreed a deal for Werner and then there was delirium. Liverpool apparently did not have money to pay Werner’s release clause of around 47 million pounds and Chelsea turned up the with the money and bought the player.
According to reputed publications like The Athletic Cech and Lampard had personally met Werner pre lockdown and had stayed in touch. Lampard had then sold Werner his 3 year plan and Werner was very impressed. 3 weeks later and Werner, Leipzig, and Chelsea all announced the deal. This season Timo Werner has played 32 games in the Bundesliga having scored 26 goals and got 8 assists putting him behind only a certain Lionel Messi in terms of total goal contributions this season. The German has scored a further 4 in the Champions League including a penalty against Spurs while also 2 in the DFB Pokal. Werner’s versatility is brilliant as he can play as the lone striker or in a front two but more recently he has played from the left wing.
Refer to the Timo Werner article that was posted this week for more details on a statistical comparison with our other attacking options. Timo Werner is a massive upgrade for our current strike force and the fact that we have paid less than the amount we are receiving for Morata means that Marina Granovskaia has pulled off another transfer masterclass. With the transfer window not yet open Chelsea have now added Ziyech and Werner to the team with Willian and Pedro the first exists and those are massive improvements. There is news that Chelsea are not done with a left back a priority at the moment although I personally hope its Tagliafico and not Chilwell. A great signing for Chelsea and I can’t wait to see him in practice from July let alone on the pitch towards September.
For in depth analysis from reputed journalists check out the The Athletic and any of the mentioned journalists with Raphael Honigstein also being a key reporter in this transfer and Bundesliga transfers in general. As a side note a certain Kai Havertz liked a tweet on twitter that said announce Havertz and well where there is smoke there is potential for fire. One can only hope.