Leipzig agree deal to re-sign Werner from Chelsea

RB Leipzig have agreed a deal to re-sign forward Timo Werner from Chelsea, according to Sky in Germany.

According to Sky in Germany, a fee of £25.3m (€30m) plus bonuses has been agreed, with Werner expected to arrive in Germany this week.

​​​​​​Werner was set to return to RB Leipzig on a season-long loan with an option to buy, but talks between the two clubs moved quickly, and an agreement has now been reached for the permanent transfer of the Germany international.

Chelsea signed Werner two years ago from Leipzig, but he was been unable to replicate the goal-scoring form which prompted the Blues to activate his £45m release clause.

The 26-year-old wants to return to his old club and get regular game time to secure a starting spot in Hansi Flick’s Germany team at the World Cup in November.

His relationship with Chelsea boss Thomas Tuchel was also said to be an issue, although Tuchel was understood to be unwilling to let the forward leave.

Werner, who also attracted interest from Juventus, scored 23 goals in 89 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea, but he only started 15 Premier League games last season, scoring four times.

RB Leipzig boss Oliver Mintzlaff recently told DAZN: “He is an interesting player. We’re dealing with it. I can’t say yet whether it will happen.”

Werner was not in the squad for Chelsea’s opening victory of the season at Everton. – Sky Sports

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