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Chelsea closing in on double departure as they stand to net potential 45m windfall

The Blues are looking to balance their squad with a pair of sales

Chelsea are set to continue trimming their squad ahead of the transfer deadline, with both Timo Werner and Malang Sarr on the verge of departing the club.

Werner, signed for £45m from RB Leipzig in 2020, is set to return there, albeit for a much lower fee, with the German side set to pay an initial 20m euros (£17m) to bring him back to his homeland.

He never truly found his feet in England, 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.

According to reports, the deal could reach 30m euros should those additional bonuses be realised.

Malang Sarr to leave on loan

‘The deal is not yet done but is moving closer, with Sarr, 23, will sign a five-year contract with the Ligue 1 side if he signs permanently’, they report, while personal terms are being worked through and could be completed in the coming days.

Sarr joined Chelsea for free from OGC Nice in 2019, but hasn’t made himself a regular player in Thomas Tuchel’s backline and was left out of his matchday squad for the Premier League opener against Everton.

Should Chelsea be able to offload the defender at the end of the loan deal for the reported 15m euros, it would represent a massive profit, though that would of course be outweighed by the loss on the likes of Werner and Lukaku this summer.

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