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Chelsea set sight on new targets after completing Timo Werner deal

Timo Werner
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Chelsea have switched their attention to other transfer targets immediately after announcing the signing of German international Timo Werner from RB Liepzig.

The Premier League side confirmed this morning that Werner will join the club in July following the completion of the Bundesliga season, subject to passing a medical which has been delayed as a result of the coronavirus pandemic.

Werner put pen to paper in a deal worth £47.6m after informing RB Liepzig he is not interested in playing in the UEFA Champions League set to be completed in August.

Werner said, “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 teammates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us.”

Werner is yet to undergo a medical due to travel restrictions in the United Kingdom because of the coronavirus pandemic, which demands anyone arriving from other countries must self-isolate for 14 days.

Announcing the deal, Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia said the club is excited to sign a top talent like Werner who was “coveted all over Europe.

“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.”

Werner has scored 32 goals, bagging 13 assists in 43 appearances in all competitions for Liepzig this season and become Chelsea’s second summer signing following the arrival of Hakim Ziyech from Ajax for a reported fee of £38m.

The Blues have stepped up their interest in Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell and Bayer Leverkusen’s 21-year-old attacking midfielder Kai Havertz who is valued at £90m, but Chelsea is ready to pay £70m for the Germany international.

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