Chelsea and Timo Werner just has not worked out.
Since joining the club back in July 2020 from RB Leipzig for a figure of around £47.7million, the 26-year-old has only made 44 goal contributions in the 89 appearances he has made in Blue over two campaigns. And despite a quick start to pre-season which saw the German net against Club America, certain comments that came out in the media during the US pre-season tour caused a breakdown in the relationship with manager Thomas Tuchel.
"I'm surprised, I would be very happy as a young guy having a contract at Chelsea Football Club," the manager responded. “I would be one of the happiest people on the planet." Fast forward to now and whilst Werner has been training at Cobham with the first team, whilst negotiations with RB Leipzig were ongoing, Tuchel decided to exclude his No.11 from the travelling squad for the Everton game hinting that a done deal was imminent.
And the latest is that the Bundesliga outfit have agreed what looks to be a permanent move for their former talismanic figure. The price being quoted is in the region of £23.5million.
A figure which would represent a significant loss, just like the Romelu Lukaku situation, to the £47.7million that the Blues paid to Leipzig. In total, Todd Boehly would have to accept a £22.4million loss, which he is set to do to ensure that manager Tuchel remains happy. The only question. now is who will be the replacement?
All of Benjamin Sesko, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have been linked but as of yet, not one name is the overwhelming favourite with other priorities on the pitch set to draw out a further attacking addition close to the September 1 deadline.