Real Madrid are lining up a player-plus-cash deal for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, with outcasted frontman Luka Jovic potentially heading in the opposite direction.
Werner, 23, is attracting plenty of attention in European football after scoring 18 league goals in 16 appearances for Bundesliga leaders Leipzig this season.
It is believed Chelsea are seriously interested in the Germany international, with Frank Lampard free to splash the cash in January after seeing the Blues’ two-window transfer ban halved by the Court of Arbitration for Sport.
But Lampard could face difficulty in luring Werner to Stamford Bridge if Madrid go head-to-head with them for his signature.
According to El Desmarque, Real president Florentino Perez is an admirer of the player and is ready to offer Jovic as bait to bring him to the Bernabeu.
The latter completed a £51m move to Madrid back in the summer after scoring 27 goals in 48 games for Eintracht Frankfurt last season.
Jovic’s switch to Spain has not gone to plan so far, nevertheless, with Zinedine Zidane reducing him to just three starts in La Liga so far this season.
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Werner is on Chelsea’s radar after scoring 18 league goals in 16 appearances for Leipzig this term
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Perez is reportedly prepared to offload the Serbia international in January, but Madrid are unlikely to receive anywhere near the fee they spent on him last summer.
Thus, the Los Blancos chief has come up with a plan that involves £77m-rated Werner.
El Desmarque claim Perez is prepared to offer Jovic plus £26m for the highly-rated marksman in January, which could prove a tempting deal for Leipzig.
But Real are prepared to use outcast Jovic as bait to lure Werner to the Bernabeu
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