Timo Werner: Why Liverpool move did not happen ahead of Chelsea switch | Football News

Kaveh Solhekol

Sky Sports News reporter

Chelsea have agreed a deal in principle to sign Werner from RB Leipzig; Germany international has €55m (£49.4m) release clause which expires on June 15

Last Updated: 05/06/20 4:20pm

Timo Werner is set to join Chelsea

Timo Werner is set to join Chelsea this summer but Sky Sports News reporter Kaveh Solhekol examines why a much-touted move to Liverpool collapsed amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Looking back, March 22, 2017, was a significant day in football history. Germany beat England 1-0 in a friendly in Dortmund. Lukas Podolski scored the winner in his 130th and final appearance for his country, Gareth Southgate lost his first game as England manager and Timo Werner played for Germany for the first time.

Werner was relatively unknown in England but everyone in Germany knew he had a big future ahead of him. He stood out as a special talent from his earliest days at VfB Stuttgart, where his speed, technical ability and finishing soon earned him call-ups to Germany’s youth teams. When he was 16 he scored 43 times in a season for Stuttgart’s youth sides before he started his first senior game in September 2013. Even though he was just 17 he set up two goals in a 6-2 victory over Hoffenheim.