Journalist Florian Plettenberg has claimed that Timo Werner is ready to take a massive pay cut in order to secure his move away from Chelsea.

The German is reportedly very keen on a move away from the club, with his gametime diminishing under Thomas Tuchel over the last 12 months,

The club have been reportedly looking to get rid of the 26-year-old a number of times, this summer, with him being offered as part of a potential swap deal for Matthijs de Ligt, and more recently Josko Gvardiol.

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Werner prepared for massive pay cut

The 20-year-old is apparently near the top of the list in terms of defensive targets, although the RB Leipzig man is reportedly not for sale this summer.

However, the offer of former star Werner could see them change their stance, with Plattenberg claiming the Blues could be helped by the forward’s willingness to slash his wages to play more regular football.

He said: “Werner – His return to Leipzig is more & more likely! Talks running at full speed. RB is checking both: Loan or permanent deal. Now Tuchel has to say what he wants. Timo is ready for a drastic salary cut due to his great RB connection.”

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With the signing of Raheem Sterling likely locking off the left-hand-side for the foreseeable future, any opportunity to revive his Chelsea career would be difficult to come by.

With him being a likeable and popular figure amongst fans, it will leave people disappointed that the move seems inevitable. However, the silver lining will be if the Blues can use it to secure a defender for the future.

Gvardiol proved he is one for the present and not just the future with his performances in the Bundesliga and Europa League last season, and will have two of the best in Thiago Silva and Kalidou Koulibaly to fine-tune his craft.

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