Timo Werner has reportedly pulled out of RB Leipzig’s squad for the upcoming Champions League play-offs, set to be played in August in Lisbon. The striker’s decision had first been broken by SportBild, but Sky in Germany have now confirmed it.
The striker had long looked set to join Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, but with the Champions League holders reluctant to pay his €60 million release clause, Chelsea have apparently jumped to the chance to get ahead in the race for his signature and agreed personal terms with him.
Following Leipzig’s impressive showing in the round of 16 against Tottenham Hotspur, they had been seen by some as a surprise potential candidate for the biggest trophy in club football. However, with no Werner in their ranks, their chances have been severely reduced.
The 24-year-old, who has so far scored 31 goals in 42 appearances across all competitions for the Bundesliga side this season, is now expected to take a break for three or four weeks, before joining Frank Lampard and his team at Stamford Bridge halfway through July.
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