Chelsea and RB Leipzig exploring all possibilities for Timo Werner to return to Bundesliga club; Chelsea signed German forward from Leipzig two years ago for £45m; the 26-year-old wans to move to get regular game time to be part of Germany's World Cup squad this winter
Monday 1 August 2022 21:02, UK
RB Leipzig are growing increasingly confident they can agree a deal to re-sign Timo Werner from Chelsea, according to Sky in Germany.
Talks between the two clubs are running 'at full speed' and the Bundesliga club are exploring all possibilities, whether it be a loan or permanent deal.
Chelsea signed the 26-year-old two years ago from Leipzig, but he has been unable to replicate the goal-scoring form which prompted the Blues to activate his £45m release clause.
Werner is said to be keen on the move as he wants to 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 is also said to be an issue, although Tuchel is understood to be unwilling to let the forward leave.
Juventus are also interested in Werner if they can't wrap up a deal for main target Alvaro Morata, according to Sky in Italy.
RB Leipzig head coach Domenico Tedesco did not want to comment on a possible Werner deal before the German Super Cup final on Saturday.
Werner has scored 23 goals in 89 appearances in all competitions for Chelsea, but he only started 15 Premier League games last season, scoring four times.
Chelsea are in advanced talks to sign Brighton left-back Marc Cucurella and are willing to pay the £50m asking price for the Manchester City target.
The Spaniard handed in a transfer request on Friday in a bid to push through a move to City but the Premier League champions will not pay Brighton's asking price, with Chelsea now in pole position to sign the 24-year-old.
The Seagulls had previously rejected a £30m bid for the full-back from Pep Guardiola's side, who are looking for a replacement for Oleksandr Zinchenko after he joined Arsenal.
Cucurella enjoyed a hugely successful first Premier League season after joining from Getafe in a deal worth around £15m last summer and was named Brighton's player of the season.
Brighton do not want to let Cucurella leave and it would take a huge offer for them to sell as he has four years remaining on his contract at the Amex. However, the left-back has now pushed for a move by asking to be sold.
Napoli are in talks with Chelsea over the loan signing of goalkeeper Kepa Arrizabalaga, according to Sky in Italy.
The west London club have indicated they will pay three-quarters of his salary, with discussions centring around a number of bonuses that Chelsea are asking for as part of the deal.
Napoli are currently reluctant to pay them and intermediaries involved in the deal are working to find a solution.
Chelsea paid a world record transfer fee for a goalkeeper by signing Kepa for £71.6m from Athletic Bilbao in August 2018.
But the 27-year-old has failed to impress during his time at Stamford Bridge, having made just four Premier League appearances last season as the club's second-choice behind Edouard Mendy.
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