Chelsea have been handed a boost in their pursuit of Red Bull Leipzig star Timo Werner, after the 23-year-old revealed he is interested in a move to the Premier League.
The German international has also been linked with the likes of Manchester United and Liverpool after spending four prolific seasons in the Bundesliga with Leipzig.
Having netted at least 19 goals in all competitions since making the move from Stuttgart in 2016, Werner has kicked on further this season.
The striker has already surpassed his best goalscoring return and is only two goals behind Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski in the race for the Bundesliga’s golden boot.
Unsurprisingly, his prolificness in front of goal has attracted some of Europe’s biggest clubs and, when asked about his future, Werner told German newspaper Kicker that he is open to leaving Leipzig.
“What do you say if a club comes knocking in the next two weeks, a club which is one of the favourites to win the Champions League and makes an incredible offer? Most likely every player would think about it,” he said.
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“I can generally imagine playing abroad one day, although I don’t have any specific club where I want to be.
“I am open for everything. I was over in America for a holiday recently and English football was on all of the time.
“That’s an exclamation mark for the Premier League. But there are also big, famous clubs and it would certainly be fun playing there.
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“When you score 20 goals as a 23-year-old in a season then, of course, there is interest. That’s clear.
“But, right now, I am not thinking about what happens in the future. We are going into many important games. That’s what I want to focus on now. I can still contemplate my future…