German forward Timo Werner has been linked with a move to the Premier League for a while.
Earlier this week, there were reports that Werner has agreed a move to Chelsea and the Blues have decided to pay his release clause.
Apparently, they are offering the striker £200,000 per week in wages as well.
Werner was heavily linked with Liverpool as well.
Red Bull Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff has now revealed that there is no agreement in place with Chelsea for the transfer of the player.
He said: “We haven’t had an exchange yet. Accordingly, we have nothing to report. Timo Werner is a player for RB Leipzig. He signalled a few weeks ago that he was busy with a transfer. Until now nothing is done.
“We are concentrating on the final sprint in the league. We want to qualify for the Champions League. That is the only thing we are currently discussing with Timo. It was important for us that we extend the contract with him. We did that last summer because of course it is important for our young club that no player moves on a free transfer.
“Of course, there was this exit clause that we put in the contract to give him the opportunity to take the next step. Now Timo is sitting in the driver’s seat, not us anymore. So far, he has not drawn upon the clause, nor has any club sent us a transfer contract.”
It will be interesting to see how the saga unfolds in the coming weeks.
Chelsea will be hoping to secure his services soon. The Blues need a proven goalscorer like him.
Tammy Abraham is still quite young and he is not ready to lead the line for Frank Lampard’s side every week, especially if the team wants to challenge for the title and the Champions League.
Abraham needs more time and coaching to achieve his potential.
Werner can make an immediate impact and improve Chelsea a lot.
It seems that the media jumped the gun with respect to his move to Chelsea. It remains to be seen whether Chelsea can agree on a deal with RB Leipzig now.