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Update: RB Leipzig and Chelsea expected to finalize Timo Werner deal on Monday

Timo Werner is reportedly returning to the Bundesliga.

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Update: 10:30PM EST — Leipzig and Chelsea expected to finalize deal on Monday

According to Fabrizio Romano, Chelsea FC and RB Leipzig are expected to finalize their deal for Timo Werner on Monday:


Update: 2:45PM EST — Leipzig expected to pay €30M for Werner

Per Sport1’s Patrick Berger, RB Leipzig is expected to pay €30 million to Chelsea FC for Timo Werner:


Update: 11:00AM EST — Permanent move for Werner

According to transfer czar Fabrizio Romano, the deal between Chelsea FC and RB Leipzig for Timo Werner will be a permanent move, but there has been no fee reported at this stage:


According to Sky journalist Florian Plettenberg, Chelsea FC and RB Leipzig have struck a deal for former Bayern Munich transfer target and current Germany forward Timo Werner.

Werner, of course, became a breakout star with RB Leipzig before moving to Chelsea for the 2020/21 season where he won a Champions League title with the Premier League club. Things, however, would not always be great for Werner at Chelsea as the squad was overloaded with forwards and also offered little consistency for him and most other younger players.

Now, though, Werner looks like he is headed back to Leipzig for the stretch run leading into this winter’s World Cup in Qatar:

Plettenberg issued a follow-up tweet stating that he did not know if the move would be a loan agreement or a permanent deal just yet:

Werner’s pace and ability to create offense has rarely been questioned, but he became the target of many English fans for ill-time offside runs and missing chances that some considered to be easy while in London.

Whatever the case, Werner will make RB Leipzig a better, more competitive squad, but there could be some roster fallout. With Werner in tow, Die Roten Bullen will add the Germany international to an attack that currently features Christopher Nkunku, Dani Olmo, Dominik Szoboszlai, André Silva, Emil Forsberg, Yussuf Poulsen, and Alexander Sørloth among others.

In a season where Bayern Munich is making a speedy attack all the rage, RB Leipzig is trying to counter that with its own set of lightning-fast forwards. The arrival of Werner and Hoffenheim left-back David Raum, plus Konrad Laimer looking like he will be staying put for this season, figures to make RB Leipzig a much more formidable opponent for Bayern Munich and everyone else during this campaign.

The move should benefit Werner’s status with the German national team as well. With RB Leipzig, Werner is almost certain to get the minutes he needs to stay near the top of Hansi Flick’s depth chart.

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