Chelsea target Timo Werner’s stance on January transfer as release clause emerges

Chelsea transfer target Timo Werner has a release clause in his RB Leipzig contract.

The Germany international is hot property after firing 18 goals in the first half of the Bundesliga campaign. He is second in the league’s scoring charts behind Bayern Munich superstar Robert Lewandowski.

According to The Athletic , Werner is available for €50m (£42.5m) due to a clause in the contract he signed last August.

Chelsea will be unable to sign the 23-year-old until the summer transfer window, however. That is because he will not agree to a mid-season move.

Werner is open to a Premier League switch but wants guaranteed first-team football.

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Whether Frank Lampard can offer that remains to be seen because of his preference to play a lone striker.

Tammy Abraham has occupied that role to great effect this season, scoring 12 league goals for the Blues.

Chelsea are looking to sign a striker in this transfer window amid doubts over Michy Batshuayi and Olivier Giroud.

Chelsea target Timo Werner is not interested in a January transfer
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Aston Villa and Newcastle are interested in Batshuayi while the Magpies and Inter Milan are chasing Giroud.

If the fringe duo were to depart then Lampard would be left with just Abraham on the books.

Lyon striker Moussa Dembele is the other striker on Chelsea’s transfer radar but Lyon are reluctant sellers.

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The Ligue 1 club’s president Jean-Michel Aulas has ruled out a switch for the former Fulham and Celtic hotshot.

Aulas told Lyon’s official website: “Moussa Dembélé will not leave because he wants to stay to win something with Lyon.

“There have been offers for him and for other players but none of those that we want to keep will leave in January.”