Not many players can say they have won the Champions League in their first season with their new club, but Timo Werner can.
The 25-year-old was signed from RB Leipzig last summer for around £45million – his release clause – and he arrived at Stamford Bridge with a huge expectation on his shoulders.
In 222 Bundesliga appearances, for Stuttgart and Leipzig, Werner found the back of the net on 91 occasions, that works out at 171 minutes per goal in the German top-flight, as well as registering 42 assists in the process.
With impressive stats like this, the Germany international was tipped to shine in the Premier League.
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He has, at times, but the majority of his debut season in England, he struggled in front of goal – despite still finishing the campaign as Chelsea ‘s joint-top scorer with 12 goals to his name in all competitions.
The 2020/21 season being his first in the country, as well as the ongoing Covid-19 pandemic, made it difficult for Werner to adapt to his new environment.
Now, rather surprisingly, he is being linked with a move away from the Blues – with Sky Germany reporting that Chelsea are ‘asking around’ to see which clubs would be interested in signing the former RB Leipzig star.
So, if the report is to be believed, the club’s stance on Werner is clear, but what about the man himself? Well, according to 90Min, the Blues striker is ‘open to the idea’ of leaving this summer.
Chelsea have made no secret that they are seeking a world-class centre-forward this summer, with Erling Haaland thought to be the club’s priority.
The report claims that Werner’s representatives have ‘touched base’ with Borussia Dortmund to make the German club aware that he would be open to being included in a bid to sign Haaland.
Bayern Munich are also ‘huge fans’…