Chelsea flop Timo Werner set for RB Leipzig transfer return as £25.3m deal is agreed after Thomas Tuchel exile

 

CHELSEA have agreed to sell Timo Werner back to RB Leipzig in a £25.3million deal, according to reports.

The Blues signed the German from the Bundesliga side two years ago to much fanfare for £53m.

But having seen him flop at Stamford Bridge, the West Londoners have decided to sell him back at a near-£30m loss.

According to Sky Sports News, the fee will be around £25.3m plus add-ons.

Werner, 26, was not involved as Thomas Tuchel’s side beat Everton 1-0 in their Prem opener on Saturday.

He made 89 appearances for the Blues in total, netting just 23 goals.

Last season he scored just four in the Prem, although he did bag a goal and an assist in the Champions League quarter-final against Real Madrid.

Werner enjoyed a far more prolific spell in Germany prior to signing for the Blues.

He scored 90 goals and laid on 40 assists in four years with RB Leipzig.

In his most recent Bundesliga season he scored an amazing 28 strikes in 34 appearances.

Werner is the second high-profile forward to leave Stamford Bridge this summer.

The Blues shunted Romelu Lukaku out on loan to Inter Milan, just a year after shelling out £97.5m to re-sign him.

Tuchel started with Kai Havertz up front at the weekend, with Armando Broja coming on from the bench after returning from Southampton.

he German Blues boss admitted last week that Chelsea stars believe their No9 shirt is cursed – after it was most recently worn by Lukaku.

He said: “It’s cursed, it’s cursed — people tell me it’s cursed.

“It’s not the case we are leaving it open for tactical reasons, for players to come in and take it.

“There was not a big demand for No 9, like when players sometimes want to change numbers. Surprisingly, nobody wants to touch it.

“Everybody who has been at the club longer than me tells me, ‘Ah, you know, he had the nine and he did not score… and he had the nine and also did not score’.

“So we now have a moment where nobody wants to touch the number nine. I’m superstitious, I can understand why players maybe don’t touch it and have other preferences.”

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