Fabrizio Romano claims Chelsea open to offloading £45m star this summer
Chelsea are prepared to let Timo Werner leave on loan this summer with two clubs eyeing a deal for the striker, according to Fabrizio Romano.
The 26-year-old is not part of Chelsea’s 28-man squad for the two pre-season games against Udinese in Italy due to an injury.
“Timo Werner has remained at Cobham with the medical department,” the club announced on its official website on Friday.
Amid his absence, Romano claims that Chelsea have now decided to allow the Germany international to leave on a loan deal.
“It could also include a buy option,” the Italian transfer expert explained on Twitter.
“He’s in both Juventus and RB Leipzig’s lists, [but] nothing is close to being completed yet.
“Newcastle [United] have not opened direct talks to sign Timo as of today.”
Werner has slipped down Chelsea’s attacking pecking order in the last year, only playing a rotation player role last season.
His four goals and one assist in 21 Premier League appearances last term clearly did not help convince Thomas Tuchel as well.
The arrival of Raheem Sterling also means Chelsea have now another versatile attacking option that can play centrally.
Tuchel recently insisted that Werner, who cost Chelsea £45million in 2020, has not personally asked to leave the club despite reports in Germany, but this could change when the player’s likely limited role for the upcoming season becomes more clear.