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Leipzig chief casts doubt on Werner's Chelsea move

Transfer: RB Leipzig chief casts doubt over Timo Werner's Chelsea move

June 6, 2020 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The striker's purported switch to the London outfit is far from completed.

RB Leipzig have cast doubt over Timo Werner's rumored transfer to Chelsea. The German club's director Oliver Mintzlaff has revealed that there is no £54 million deal in place for the 24-year-old.

It has been widely reported in the past few days that Werner is on the verge of completing a switch to Stamford Bridge with the Blues paying his £54 million (€60m/$68m) release clause. Despite being heavily linked with a move to Liverpool in recent times, the player is said to have agreed to personal terms with the London club.

Per the speculations, the Reds interest in the attacker has cooled in recent weeks although Jurgen Klopp has apparently been in contact with him frequently. While many have accepted that Chelsea have beaten both Liverpool and Manchester United to the player's signature, Oliver Mintzlaff has stated otherwise.

According to him, Leipzig is yet to receive a formal offer from Chelsea or any club rumored to be in the market for their star striker. “We haven't had an exchange yet,” he told Sky Sports Deutschland on Saturday.

“Accordingly, we have nothing to report. Timo Werner is a player for RB Leipzig. He signaled a few weeks ago that he was busy with a transfer. Until now nothing is done.

“We are concentrating on the final sprint in the league. We want to qualify for the Champions League. That is the only thing we are currently discussing with Timo.

“It was important for us that we extend the contract with him. We did that last summer because of course, it is important for our young club that no player moves on a free transfer.

“Of course, there was this exit clause that we put in the contract to give him the opportunity to take the next step. “Now Timo is sitting in the driver's seat, not us anymore. So far, he has not drawn upon the clause, nor has any club sent us a transfer contract.

“If Timo should leave the club, we’re sure that the buying club will allow us to keep him until the end of the Bundesliga season, whenever that is,” Mintzlaff added.

“We can only discuss the Champions League when we know when it is going to take place. It won't be decided until mid-June.”

Timo Werner has so far scored 25 goals and assisted eight in 30 Bundesliga appearances. He currently ranks second on the league's top goalscorers' chart - five goals behind Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski.

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