Chelsea’s Timo Werner ‘accepts 50% pay cut to return to RB Leipzig’


Chelsea striker Timo Werner has reportedly agreed to take a 50 per cent pay cut in order to seal a return to RB Leipzig in the current transfer window.

chelsea striker Timo Werner supposedly agreed to take a 50% pay cut in order to seal a return to RB Leipzig this summer.

The Germany international only found the back of the net four times in the Premier League last season and has struggled for consistency at Stamford Bridge since joining in 2020.

Werner boasts a respectable 23 goals and 21 assists in 89 appearances in a Chelsea shirt, but he hasn’t been able to recapture the form he displayed in his native Germany.

As a result, Werner has been one of several Chelsea strikers linked with a summer exit from the club, but his contract still has three years to run.

There have also been allegations that the Blues boss Thomas Tuchel could prevent the 26-year-old from leaving, having already been sanctioned Romelu LukakuThe departure on loan from Inter Milan.

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However, the German outlet BILD reports that Werner is ready to take drastic measures to force a return to the Red Bull Arena and is willing to halve his salary to do so.

Werner was a notable absentee from the traveling Chelsea squad for their recent pair of friendlies with Udinese, as the forward stayed to focus on recovering from injury.

Chelsea and Leipzig are said to be in talks which would see Werner return on loan with a ‘buy clause’, although it’s unclear whether this is an option or an obligation to buy.

Current Roten Bullen striker Yussuf Poulsen recently added fuel to the fire surrounding Werner’s future by publicly calling on the German to return to the Bundesliga during a recent press conference.

“I hope he comes back, he’s a good player. We’re a team trying to take the next step and become one of the biggest clubs in Europe. You need quality players for that. We’ve formed a good partnership in the past,” Poulsen told reporters.

 Wesley Fofana of Leicester City in action with Timo Werner of Chelsea on May 18, 2021© Reuters

Before signing for Chelsea in 2020, Werner had 93 goals and 40 assists in 158 games for Leipzig, who received £47.7million for his sale via a release clause.

The 2019-20 Bundesliga season saw the former Stuttgart youngster find the back of the net 28 times in 34 Bundesliga appearances, which put him second in the goalscoring charts behind Robert Lewandowskiis 34 years old.

real Madrid, Newcastle United and Arsenal are also reportedly interested in acquiring Werner, who started just 15 Premier League games in the 2021-22 season under Tuchel.

As well as Lukaku and Werner, Chelsea are battling to keep hold of their fellow striker Armando Brojawith Real Madrid keeping a close eye on the Albania international.

Christian Pulisic and hakim ziyechthe future of is also uncertain, but Rahim Sterling signed from Manchester City, and the Blues are reportedly monitoring Tottenham Hotspur’s contract situation Harry Kane.

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