'Here we go': Romano claims Chelsea are close to selling £45m star

Chelsea striker Timo Werner is on the verge of returning to RB Leipzig with the two clubs close to reaching a full agreement, according to Sky Germany and Fabrizio Romano.

The 26-year-old was among several Chelsea players who were absent in Chelsea’s 1-0 win over Everton on Saturday.

His absence likely had to do with his hamstring injury, although reports in Germany suggest that he is close to leaving Chelsea this summer.

Sky Germany claims that Chelsea and RB Leipzig have been in advanced talks over Werner’s potential return to the club.

Werner is reportedly not satisfied with his game time under Thomas Tuchel at Chelsea and would like to get back in shape for the upcoming winter World Cup in Leipzig.

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The report adds that there are other interest in the Germany international, including from Juventus, but Werner, who has been in regular contact with RB Leipzig chief Oliver Mintzlaff, prefers a return to his former club.

Werner is said to be open to a permanent move or a loan with an option to buy, although Fabrizio Romano suggests that it would be the former.

The Italian transfer expert also mentioned that Werner has agreed personal terms to return to Leipzig since a month ago.

Werner signed for Chelsea in 2020 after the London club triggered his £45million release clause (Sky Sports).

He has played a less prominent role in the last year, having made just 15 Premier League starts last season, although his underwhelming output (10 league goals in the last two seasons) clearly did not help convince the manager.

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