RB Leipzig Manager confirmation of Timo Werner’s exit, excites Lampard, Chelsea fans

RB Leipzig head coach Julian Nagelsmann has confirmed Timo Werner will leave the club, with Chelsea expected to complete a deal for the striker.

Liverpool had been leading the race to sign the 24-year-old, who had even held talks with Jurgen Klopp over a potential move to Anfield.

But Chelsea have moved ahead of the Premier League leaders in the race to sign Werner as they are closing in on a £53 million move.

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The Germany international has already agreed a switch to Stamford Bridge and is reportedly given the green light to a contract worth £170,000 a week.

When asked about Werner’s future before RB Leipzig’s 2-0 win over Hoffenheim on Friday evening, Nagelsmann told DAZN: ‘I do not expect Timo to be here next season.’

Two early goals from Dani Olmo sealed the victory for RB Leipzig, while Werner missed an excellent one-on-one chance shortly before half-time to extend his side’s lead.

Timo Werner had favoured a move to Liverpool before Chelsea won the race
Timo Werner had favoured a move to Liverpool before Chelsea won the race (Getty Images)

Meanwhile, former Liverpool midfielder Steve McManaman believes Werner would not ge an automatic starter for Klopp’s side but feels he will be an excellent fit for Chelsea.

‘It wasn’t a surprise for me,’ Steve McManaman told BBC Radio 5 Live.

‘I spoke about Timo Werner a month ago. I think he’s a great player and can improve to be a better player, like with Kai Havertz, but if they joined Liverpool now they wouldn’t get into the starting XI.

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‘That’s a major problem when you’re shelling out £50, 60, 70m for a superstar player in Germany, you can’t then bring them to your team and put them onto the bench for half a season.

‘I think he’s a really good player and a great goalscorer and he’ll suit Chelsea because of the forward options they’ve got at the moment. They’re crying out for a Timo Werner to be very honest.

‘He might not get into Man City’s team, so he’s not one for them and I think it’s exactly the same for Liverpool. I think we just put Werner with Liverpool because of Klopp, that’s all it was.

‘Klopp’s said nice things about the players but he would do as a manager as his record speaks for itself.’

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