Werner signs five-year deal at Chelsea
Thursday 18 June 2020 16:51, UK
Chelsea have completed the signing of RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, subject to a medical.
The Germany international has agreed a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge and becomes Chelsea's second signing of the summer after Ajax's Hakim Ziyech.
Chelsea have agreed to pay €50m (£45m) to trigger the release clause of Werner, who is set to earn more than €10m (£9m) per season in England.
Discussing his move to west London, Werner told the official Chelsea website: "I am delighted to be signing for Chelsea, it is a very proud moment for me to be joining this great club.
"I of course want to thank RB Leipzig, the club and the fans, for four fantastic years. You will forever be in my heart.
"I look forward to next season with my new team-mates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us."
Werner has made a total of 157 appearances for RB Leipzig, scoring 93 goals and making 40 assists, developing into one of Europe's most coveted forwards.
The 24-year-old will remain with RB Leipzig for the remainder of the Bundesliga season before joining up with his new team-mates next month.
His current employers have backed Werner to be a success in the Premier League and Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia, speaking to the Chelsea website, added: "We are very excited that Timo Werner has chosen to join Chelsea.
"He is a player who was coveted all over Europe and it is no surprise, he has that rare mix of being young and exciting and yet established and proven.
"We can't wait to have Timo on board, but until then we wish him and RB Leipzig all the best for the rest of this season."
Sky Sports' Pete Smith...
With Willian, 31, and seemingly Roma-bound Pedro, 32, looking set to depart the club at the end of their contracts which expire this summer, Lampard and Chelsea have moved swiftly and decisively in the transfer market to refresh their options in the wide attacking roles.
Last summer's transfer ban and a surprisingly quiet January window left Chelsea in a financially strong position to move for their prime targets and in Werner and Ziyech they have been able to add two world-class recruits.
With Werner favouring the left flank at Leipzig and Ziyech coming in from the right at Ajax, Tammy Abraham looks set to be given the responsibility through the centre. With pace and skill either side of him, it's an enviable role.
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