Germany international Timo Werner has been linked with a move from Stamford Bridge, just two years after joining Chelsea from RB Leipzig in a deal worth £47.5million.
Chelsea striker Timo Werner is said to be open to a move to Juventus as the Blues could use him as part of a deal to bring Matthijs de Ligt to west London.
De Ligt is one of several centre-backs to be linked with a switch from the Blues as Thomas Tuchel looks to revamp his side’s options in defence. Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen are both on the move, with the pair leaving after gaining plenty of minutes last season.
The Dutch international cost Juve €75m (£64.5m) from Ajax in 2019 after helping the Dutch champions reach the Champions League semi-finals, beating his club current along the way. However, as Chelsea consider a deal for the 22-year-old, they could consider parting ways with Werner to get the job done.
According to Sky Italy (via Metro), Chelsea are ready to hand over €45m plus Werner for De Ligt. The Blues striker will likely have to take a pay cut if he ends up moving to Turin, but Werner is said to be open to the idea of a move. The fact that he is not ruling out the prospect of a pay cut to head to Juventus makes it clear that he feels open to the idea of a new challenge after a mixed spell at Stamford Bridge.
Juve’s need for attacking reinforcements comes as Alvaro Morata closes in on a Premier League move. The former Chelsea leader has been heavily linked with Arsenal, and Max Allegri’s side reportedly see Werner as a potential replacement.
Since joining RB Leipzig for £47.5m, Werner has been in and out of the Chelsea first team. The Germany international scored 23 times in two seasons with the London club, but only 10 of those goals came in the Premier League.
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If Werner ends up moving on as part of a deal for De Ligt, one would expect Chelsea to be looking for attacking reinforcements. Romelu Lukaku is on the move, with a loan return to former club Inter Milan on the cards, while owner Todd Boehly is ready to let Hakim Ziyech leave west London.
Raphinha has been mentioned as a potential target, although the Leeds star doesn’t come cheap. Jesse Marsch’s side are reportedly holding up to £65million for the Brazil international, with other Premier League clubs – as well as Barcelona – in the mix.
Everton striker Richarlison has also been linked with Chelsea, while Raheem Sterling is said to be open to a Manchester City departure. England international Sterling is entering the final year of his contract at the Etihad Stadium and has scored more than 100 times for the club since joining from Liverpool in 2015.
Elsewhere, long-term target Jules Kounde remains a potential arrival as Tuchel continues to eye the Sevilla centre-back. A summer move for Declan Rice may not materialize, however, West Ham United have reportedly rebuffed an approach for the England international.