‘Financial reasons’ are reportedly behind Liverpool’s decision to pull out of a deal for Timo Werner and subsequently allow Chelsea to agree terms with the striker.
Over the past few seasons, Werner has become one of the most prolific strikers in Europe and this year he has bagged 25 goals in the Bundesliga.
The likes of Liverpool have been strongly linked with the 24-year-old and it is understood he held meetings with Reds manager Jurgen Klopp.
It was thought Werner was on his way to Anfield but according to the Daily Telegraph, Chelsea have reached an agreement with him.
Werner will sign a contract worth around £200,000 a week and meeting the £53million release clause is not expected to be an issue.
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Following news of Chelsea’s move for Werner, respected German football expert Jan Aage Fjortoft explained how the Blues were able to get ahead of Liverpool.
Fjortoft tweeted: “Just been told that Liverpool have pulled out of the “Werner-deal”, because of “financial reasons”.
“Team Werner have then turned to Chelsea who have presented Werner a package of good money of course, but also his position at the team. Clubs still need to agree a fee though.”
Speaking last month, former Liverpool player John Barnes dismissed any suggestions Werner would not eventually end up at Anfield.
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He said: “When you’re a top club, European champions and about to win the league, why would you want to go to Chelsea or Manchester United over Liverpool?
“Manchester United were in that position a few years ago where players would rather go to Manchester United than Liverpool, Chelsea were in that position when Mourinho was there.
“Liverpool is in a healthy position so they don’t have to scrape the barrel anymore or try and get a move on, because other clubs are interested because they are now a club that everyone wants to play for.
“They want players that want to play for Liverpool. I’m sure a lot of people were after Van Dijk, but he wanted to come to Liverpool.
“If they don’t get a move on and Manchester City or Arsenal or whoever else, Chelsea, come in for him and he decides to go there, that’s not the sort of player you want anyway, because he’ll just go where they’re going to pay him more money or he wasn’t that committed to wanting to come to play for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.
“I don’t think they have to get a move on, they didn’t get a move on with Van Dijk or Alisson and a lot of people wanted them to, it’s because they wanted to come.
“This is a test to see if he really wants to come and play for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool.”
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