TIMO WERNER’s £53million release clause expires TODAY but Chelsea could still get a discount on a deal, according to reports.
RB Leipzig are resigned to losing the 24-year-old with a deal virtually complete apart from a medical.
The transfer is waiting to be finalised with Chelsea medical staff unable to fly to Germany to carry out tests because of the government’s 14-day quarantine period being enforced upon their return.
Werner cannot come to London as he is still competing in the Bundesliga with his current side.
But European football expert Andy Brassell believes the Blues may even get a discount on the £53m price as Leipzig are keen to speed up the move so they can hunt for replacements.
Brassell told Premier League productions: “It’s been held up a bit by what’s happening post-pandemic, which is going to effect all transfers going forward.
“We know where we are with Werner more than any other transfer because there’s been a buyout clause in there the whole time.
“Liverpool decided they weren’t going to meet that, and that’s why Chelsea were allowed to come in and got an agreement with Werner.
“At the moment it’s the case that the medical can’t take place at the moment, because if the Chelsea medical staff went over to Germany, they’d have to self-quarantine for 14 days.
“It has been suggested in Germany that because Leipzig are happy to facilitate the move, and they’ve planned forward to do so, they may be happy to take a discount on the £53m buyout clause.
“The fact that the buyout clause is due to expire today, is not so much an issue.
“We do still expect it to still get over the line.”
Werner could be joined at Stamford Bridge by compatriot Kai Havertz, but negotiations for the Bayer Leverkusen midfielder have reportedly stalled over the price.
Arsenal goalkeeper Bernd Leno welcomed the news of his international team-mate’s arrival to London but warned Gunners fans his “killer instinct” could make the West London side title contenders.
Werner has bagged 25 goals in 31 Bundesliga appearances this season but gave Chelsea fans a fright when he missed a sitter in his first game after the move was seemingly confirmed.
Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann admitted his star striker was on his way to London when he said: “I don not expect Timo to be here next season.”