Timo Werner has seemingly dismissed the chance of a January transfer to Chelsea after the RB Leipzig striker said he has “no desire” to leave the club at present.
The German international has been strongly linked with a winter move to Stamford Bridge, and Chelsea are again allowed to register new signings after seeing their transfer suspension halved.
Werner, 23, told Bild (via Goal’s Chris Burton) that while the Premier League is “certainly the most interesting league,” he has no plans to leave Leipzig “as of now.”
The forward signed a new contract at the Red Bull Arena in late August after it looked as though he could run down the last year of his previous deal, which was set to expire in 2020.
Blues manager Frank Lampard is understood to be in the market for an attacker if the right opportunity presents itself. The Guardian’s Fabrizio Romano reported Inter Milan are hopeful of signing fringe frontman Olivier Giroud after increasing their offer to $5.5 million.
Lampard has come to rely heavily on England’s Tammy Abraham as his striker of choice this season, but it doesn’t look likely reinforcements will come from Leipzig this month. Abraham is facing contract talks of his own, although the latest status was that discussions of an extension with the club had stalled.
Moussa Dembélé of Lyon has also been rumoured to be on his way to Stamford Bridge, but nothing has solidified as of yet.
Werner is enjoying a particularly successful year with the Bundesliga's current leaders. The frontman has scored 23 goals in 25 appearances across all competitions this season, already beating his previous career-best for strikes in a single campaign. He currently sits second in the Bundesliga in goals scored this campaign, trailing Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski by a single tally.
Kicker (via journalist Manuel Veth) reported the release clause in Werner’s contract could be as low as $33.5 million (€30 million), a figure that’s sure to attract widespread attention in 2020 if true.