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Blues flop Timo Werner ‘on the verge’ of Chelsea departure

The striker is set for a return to Germany this summer

Chelsea striker is on the verge of a return to RB Leipzig this summer, in what is expected to be a permanent deal for the German forward.

Werner joined Chelsea from Leipzig in a £45m deal, after the Blues swooped in for the striker ahead of Liverpool. However, he has never settled at Stamford Bridge, and seems to be a player without any confidence as he has been increasingly sidelined by Thomas Tuchel and his predecessor Frank Lampard.

The 26-year-old forward has scored 23 times in 89 games for the Blues, providing an additional 21 assists.

That return is well below his first spell at Leipzig, where he grabbed 130 goal contributions in 156 games for the German outfit.

Werner was left out of Thomas Tuchel’s matchday squad as Chelsea narrowly saw off Everton at Goodison Park, courtesy of a penalty from Jorginho deep into first-half stoppage-time.

More forwards to leave

Timo Werner will follow Romelu Lukaku in leaving London for a fresh start this summer, with the Belgian having joined Inter Milan on loan for the upcoming season.

He is unlikely to be the last departure either; Callum Hudson-Odoi has asked to leave the club after he was left out of the squad for the win over Everton, while Hakim Ziyech’s future is up in the air, with the Moroccan having been in Thomas Tuchel’s matchday squad but not having made it off the substitutes bench.

Should all of the Blues trio depart, Thomas Tuchel may be forced back into the transfer market, with just five players available to field in his front three, and four competitions in which the London side will be keen to get to the end of.

They have made enquiries about Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, while they are also interested in RB Salzburg striker Benjamin Sesko, though whether he will be leaving the Austrian club this summer remains unclear.

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