RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is Chelsea’s latest signing after the English club announced his signature was secured on Thursday.
Werner who penned a five-year deal will link up with his new team-mates at Stamford Bridge in July, subject to passing a medical examination.
Priced for €60m (£54m), Werner becomes the second most expensive striker in Chelsea’s history after Álvaro Morata’s £60m transfer in 2017.
The 24-year-old goal machine has become synonymous with goalscoring in the last four seasons at RB Leipzig, collecting nearly 100 goals in all competitions, including over 30 just this season.
He had long been linked with Liverpool, but as the Premier League champions-elect waffled due to financial considerations, Chelsea took advantage of the opportunity.
Werner said: ‘I am delighted to be signing for Chelsea, it is a very proud moment for me to be joining this great club. I of course want to thank RB Leipzig, the club and the fans, for four fantastic years. You will forever be in my heart. I look forward to next season with my new team-mates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us.’
Timo will be expected to see out the rest of the Bundesliga season, which is currently scheduled to finish on June 27, just before the normal cutoff date of June 30.
Werner will likely not be allowed to play for Leipzig in August, when this season’s Champions League is set to conclude (he’ll also be ineligible to play for Chelsea in our Round of 16 second leg against Bayern).