13-goal hitman Werner told to ‘sign or leave’ as Chelsea look to sign striker this month
RB Leipzig have told Chelsea transfer target Timo Werner to sign or new deal or face being sold this summer.
Werner is regarded as one of the finest talents in the Bundesliga and already has 13-goals in just 21-appearances for the German side, stats that have attracted a number of Europes biggest clubs.
Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move this season and all suggestions claimed Jurgen Klopp was leading the race to conclude a deal for a fee of around £36 million.
But after sealing a deal for another Liverpool target in the form of Christian Pulisic, Chelsea may now decide to switch their attentions to Werner after learning that Leipzig have told him to sign a deal of he is being sold.
Chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff told Kicker: ‘Of course we have to know at the latest after the end of the season.
‘A club like us cannot afford to go with Timo Werner in a final contract year.
‘It’s logical that such a player should be courted by clubs that have a very different sporting perspective and different financial possibilities than we have.
‘But as long as we develop as a club, and of course the Champions League participation would be very helpful, I believe that Werner is still in good hands with us.
‘If Timo does not strive for the highest possible salary, then it would be a good investment in his sporting future.’
Werner is stalling on signing a new contract at the German club, with his current deal set to expire in 2020 as he considers his options with reports claiming he is ready to take that next step and play for a big club.
Should Chelsea make a move for Werner?
Chelsea are in need of a striker to come in and slot into their system and Werner could be that man, as the 22-year old has the movement and ability to play in Maurizio Sarri’s system.
The world saw just how Sarri utilised his front three at Napoli and after seeing Oliver Giroud and Alvaro Morata struggle in front of goal, he has now started playing Eden Hazard in a more central role with Willian and Pedro on the wings.
Sarri has suggested he wants a striker, and Werner is proving to many that he has the ability to score on a regular basis for a small club.
And for £36 million, he could be a fantastic buy.