Timo Werner to Chelsea latest: £68m bid, release clause, RB Leipzig stance, Frank Lampard hint

The transfer window is open and Chelsea are busy plotting their moves.

The Blues were handed a two-window ban earlier in the year after breaching FIFA rules.

As a result Chelsea had to take a back seat in the summer and watch their rivals get stronger whilst they also lost Eden Hazard to Real Madrid following over a year of speculation regarding his future.

However, at the beginning of December it was confirmed that their appeal which was heard by the Court of Arbitration for Sport was successful.

Now that the ban has been reduced, the west London outfit can make signings this month and one of many players being linked with a move to Stamford Bridge is RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

With that said, here’s what we know about the Timo Werner to Chelsea transfer rumour.

Lampard’s £150m January kitty budget

It could take a hefty sum to lure Werner away from RB Leipzig with the club in the Bundesliga title race and also in the round of 16 stage in the Champions League.

Luckily, Lampard is set to be backed with funds.

Football.london understand that Chelsea’s hierarchy have allotted set aside a £150m transfer budget to make up for lost time in the summer window.

RB Leipzig’s stance

Football.londonunderstands there’s a chance of Werner leaving in January despite the Bundesliga side’s stunning first half of the season.

That could be because Leipzig are reportedly eyeing Krzysztof Piatek as a replacement for the Germany international.

According to La Gazzetta dello Sport, the Poland international’s future at the San Siro is uncertain following Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s arrival which could mean some activity involving all three clubs.

The Blues are no strangers to a triple transfer merry-go-round.

In the 2018 January window the were involved in a deal which saw Olivier Giroud arrive at Stamford Bridge as a replacement for Michy Batshuayi who had Borussia Dortmund on loan to fill the boots of Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang following his move to Arsenal.

Could history…