RB Leipzig confirm Timo Werner interest, but deal with Chelsea ‘not close’

A possible return of Timo Werner to RB Leipzig remains in the offing and may even remain a realistic possibility, but as their technical director told Sky Sports, a deal is “not close” at the moment.

“Of course we find him exciting, he is incredibly fast and a German international. We have kept in touch with him since his transfer. But we are not close to a deal and will not announce anything until it makes sense.”

-Chris Vivell; source: Sky Deutschland through Florian Plettenberg

So that sounds far less promising than how recent reports have made the situation sound, with claims of strong interest on both sides, including Werner himself willing to implement a “drastic” pay cut to allow a transfer. But maybe this is all just a bargaining tactic, as it’s not like there’s a long line of admirers just slamming the door on the 26-year-old. Juventus and Newcastle United have been linked with potential loans, although those would also be complicated by the new FIFA rules and restrictions on such temporary moves for older players.

Hopefully we can come up with another favorable arrangement for all involved soon, with Chelsea apparently also still looking for reinforcements in the attack.

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