Timo Werner Signs for Chelsea from RB Leipzig, to Remain at German Club for Rest of Season

Timo Werner (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Timo Werner (Photo Credit: Reuters)

Timo Werner became the first major move of the summer football transfer window as he was signed by Chelsea.

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German international forward Timo Werner signed for Chelsea from RB Leipzig on Thursday in the first major move of the summer transfer market.

"The 24-year-old has agreed personal terms with the Blues, and will remain at the German club for the rest of the Bundesliga season," Chelsea said in a statement. "He will link up with his new team-mates in July, subject to passing a medical examination."

Werner will not be available for the end of Leipzig's 2019/20 Champions League campaign in August as he is set to join Chelsea in July.

Werner took to Twitter to post a video of himself after the signing was announced and he captioned it as, "To everyone at @ChelseaFC: I’m incredibly happy to be joining the Blues next season! It feels like the right step for me and I am delighted to become a part of Chelsea FC. Really looking forward to playing for such a fantastic and historic club! See you soon Chelsea fans!"

The signing is a major coup for the Blues as they seek to close the gap on Liverpool and Manchester City at the top of the Premier League.

Werner was often linked with a move to Liverpool after he admitted to being flattered by Jurgen Klopp's interest.

However, concerned by the financial fallout from coronavirus, the European champions were not willing to pay Werner's release clause before it expired this month.

Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich had no such concerns as he is set to bankroll another revolution at Stamford Bridge.

Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech has also already been signed for next season to bring some much-needed firepower to Frank Lampard's forward line.

"We are very excited that Timo Werner has chosen to join Chelsea," said Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia.

"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."

Werner will not be available for the second leg of Chelsea's Champions League last 16 tie against Bayern Munich in August as he was not registered at the time the match was due to be played.

Chelsea are on course for a return to the Champions League next season as they hold a three-point lead over fifth-placed Manchester United with nine games of the Premier League season to go.

However, goals have been difficult to come by for Lampard's men after a positive start to the former England international's time in charge.

Tammy Abraham has scored just once in 2020 and had lost his place as first-choice striker to Olivier Giroud prior to a three-month shutdown of the Premier League due to coronavirus.

Long-serving wingers Pedro Rodriguez and Willian are also expected to make way for the arrivals of Werner and Ziyech with both out of contract later this month.

(With AFP Inputs)