Timo Werner looked like he had his heart set on a move to Liverpool, but after a dramatic turnaround, the striker now appears to be on his way to Chelsea, and club legend Petr Cech can apparently take a lot of credit for that.
With a release clause of £53 million in his RB Leipzig contract, Werner had been tracked by a number of leading clubs including Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United and Bayern Munich, the Germany international having enjoyed a stellar season which has seen him hit the back of the net a hugely impressive 31 times.
Despite the abundance of interest in his services though, it seemed as though there was only one destination for the Stuttgart born striker, who was keen to link up with compatriot Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, Werner openly speaking of his admiration for the Premier League leaders on a number of occasions.
However, the global pandemic and the subsequent economic downturn have seen Liverpool unwilling to meet his release clause, especially considering he would initially be a backup to the club’s feared triumvirate of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, and Roberto Firmino.
It was reported that Werner was willing to wait around a year at the Bundesliga club in order to make a move to Anfield next season, when his release clause is set to drop further to around £36 million, however, he now looks set for a move to English football at the end of the current campaign, with the 24-year-old having agreed terms with Chelsea.
According to the Telegraph, the Blues interest hasn’t just come out of nowhere though, with Frank Lampard and Petr Cech making an ‘undercover’ trip to Germany before the lockdown in an attempt to convince the striker to move to Stamford Bridge.
While he would have only been a backup at Anfield, Cech and Lampard ‘laid out their plans for how Werner will fit in’ to the Chelsea side, the striker having been ‘hugely impressed’ by the Lampard’s ‘vision’.
Technical and performance advisor Cech is said to have played a ‘key role’ in the meeting – which was also attended by Werner’s representatives and family – with the former ‘keeper fluent in German and able translate, as well as ‘offering his own expertise’.
The report adds that Lampard had actually approached Werner ahead of the January transfer window, though he ‘did not want to leave Leipzig mid-season’, Chelsea failing to sign anyone in the winter window despite the lifting of their transfer ban.
However, with Hakim Ziyech already in the bag, and Ben Chilwell also being lined up, and a whole host of promising talents being integrated into the first team, Frank Lampard’s Stamford Bridge revolution is well underway.