Chelsea are reportedly open to discussing a potential deal for Timo Werner in the summer, with the German striker thoroughly struggling in the Premier League.
According to Sky Sports Germany, Borussia Dortmund has been given a boost in their pursuit of Timo Werner, with Chelsea reportedly open to discussing a potential move. The 25-year-old German international has thoroughly struggled at Stamford Bridge, making it a real possibility to move back to his homeland.
Timo Werner’s signing at the start of the 2020/21 season was considered a coup, with the striker coming to Chelsea after a few impressive seasons with RB Leipzig. After starting life at Stamford Bridge on a positive note, the German forward’s problems in front of goal became evident, and he eventually lost much of his early confidence.
He did help Chelsea win the UEFA Champions League as he played a key role in their successful campaign. Yet, his goalscoring numbers were well short of his record in the Bundesliga, with Werner only managing to score eight times last season in the Premier League.
While he was expected to come back stronger in the new campaign, Werner has found regular starts hard to come by and has lagged behind Romelu Lukaku in the pecking order. The 25-year-old German forward has managed just one goal in the domestic campaign, with six goals in all competitions, including three in the Champions League.
Although Sky claim Chelsea are happy to keep Werner at the club, they were reportedly willing to sanction a move to Barcelona in the January window. However, Thomas Tuchel reportedly changed his stance over an exit in the previous window; the club can now allow Werner to leave in the summer if a reasonable offer comes in.
Borussia Dortmund have been the likeliest destination for Werner to continue his career. The Bundesliga giants have made their intentions clear before, although Chelsea’s asking price could prove problematic along the way.
The Blues are open to discussing a move with Dortmund, who remain in the market for a striker. Their priority is to replace Erling Haaland, who will likely depart in the summer. Moreover, Dortmund’s relations with Werner’s advisor, Volker Struth, remain strong after recently engineering a move to sign Niklas Sule from Bayern Munich.
It is also reported that Karim Adeyemi remains Dortmund’s preferred target in the summer to replace Haaland. But the Bundesliga giants are keeping their options open, with Werner an alternative if they cannot agree on a fee with Red Bull Salzburg.
A return to the Bundesliga could prove beneficial for Werner to resurrect his career and form ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup later this year. A move could also end his Chelsea nightmare, where he is not preferred anymore by Tuchel.