Chelsea are reportedly still looking for an opportunity to sign RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner despite being aware that Liverpool are leading the race for the striker.
The 24-year-old has established himself as one of the most prolific strikers in Europe, having scored 21 goals in just 25 appearances in the Bundesliga this season.
In total, Werner has managed 27 goals and nine assists for Leipzig this term – a phenomenal record that attracted a number of top clubs including Chelsea and Liverpool.
According to a report from 90Min, although Werner prefers a move to Anfield, Chelsea have not given up in the race for the Germany international.
The report says Werner still has an active release clause worth £52million but Liverpool, who have been lining up a deal, are yet to pull the trigger. The release clause will reportedly expire on June 15 (Sky Sports).
Frank Lampard is reportedly a big fan of Werner, but the Blues have been forced to monitor other options in case they fail to persuade Werner.
Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Lyon’s Moussa Dembele are the two alternative strikers on Chelsea’s radar according to the report.
At the moment, Chelsea still have three strikers at their disposal: Tammy Abraham, Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi.
Chelsea have reportedly triggered the one-year extension option in Giroud’s contract, but it does not necessarily mean he will stay beyond the summer.
On the other hand, Batshuayi has failed to cement his spot in the team under three different managers and, with just one year left on his contract, Chelsea might want to cash in on the Belgium international.