• Chelsea has signed Werner for a reported $56 million
  • Werner reportedly has inked an $11million-a-year contract with The Blues
  • Werner will remain at RB Leipzig for the remainder of the 2019-20 season

Chelsea has announced that they have signed Timo Werner from Germany’s RB Leipzig for a reported transfer fee of $56 million.

The Premier League side has revealed in an official press release that Werner has agreed to personal terms, and will remain at Leipzig for the rest of the Bundesliga season. He will join his new Chelsea teammates in England in July, provided he passes a medical examination.

The deal had been held up for a while because of the coronavirus international restrictions in the U.K. and Germany.

Werner, who has scored 93 goals in 157 matches for Leipzig across all competitions, has thanked the German club for “four fantastic years”.

“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,” Werner said, as per Chelsea’s official statement.

According to The Sun, Werner has inked a lucrative $11million-a-year contract with Chelsea. That means, he would earn $212K-a-week, making him the top earner at the Stamford Bridge side.

Timo Werner has scored 10 goals in 27 appearances for Germany
Timo Werner has scored 10 goals in 27 appearances for Germany AFP / Ronny Hartmann

Werner is currently enjoying his best Bundesliga season in Germany, having scored 26 goals in 32 league matches for Leipzig. He is second on the list of Bundesliga’s top scorers of 2019-20 season, behind Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, who has 31 goals under his belt so far. Apart from 26 goals, Werner has also provided eight assists in as many as 32 Bundesliga games.

Werner earlier had expressed interest in joining Liverpool this summer as he was also wanted by The Reds boss Jurgen Klopp. Unfortunately, due to the financial impact of the coronavirus pandemic, Liverpool had to back out of Werner’s transfer race because they could not afford the player’s release clause, and that allowed Chelsea to speed up the process and seal the deal.