Antonio Rudiger ‘played key role in convincing Timo Werner to agree Chelsea move’ as Frank Lampard looks set to snatch £53m German from under Liverpool’s noses
- Antonio Rudiger reportedly played a key role in landing Timo Werner for Chelsea
- On Thursday, reports emerged of the 24-year-old agreeing to join the Blues
- And Bild claim that the defender was influential in the surprise move
- Rudiger and Werner played together at Stuttgart as well as for Germany
Antonio Rudiger reportedly helped persuade Timo Werner to join Chelsea as the Premier League side edge closer to pulling off a major coup in the transfer market.
On Thursday night, reports emerged that the RB Leipzig star had agreed a deal to join the west London club next season in a £53million deal, seeing off strong contenders Liverpool in landing the 24-year-old.
And fans believe that Rudiger, who plays alongside the striker for their country, Germany, may have had a helping hand in securing the deal.
Antonio Rudiger reportedly played a ‘key role’ in luring Timo Werner to Stamford Bridge
The RB Leipzig star has agreed to join Chelsea in a £53million move this summer
According to Bild (via Metro), those rumours seem to be true as the German outlet reports that Rudiger played a ‘key role’ in convincing Werner to join Chelsea instead of Liverpool.
The publication claims that the defender followed Werner’s decision-making closely and often gave him glowing reviews of life in west London.
Rudiger and Werner have a strong friendship, having played in the youth set up for Germany as well as coming through together at Stuttgart.
The 24-year-old had look set to join Liverpool before the drastic move to the west London club
Chelsea have reportedly promised to triple Werner’s current wage, making him the club’s second-highest paid player on £200,000 per week.
He is also likely to see far more game time at Stamford Bridge than what he is expected to have got at Anfield, with Roberto Firmino holding down the centre forward position for Jurgen Klopp’s side.
Werner has a £53m release clause but the Reds have been put off given the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus crisis.
Werner’s move to Stamford Bridge would be a major coup for Frank Lampard’s young side
The clause has to be triggered by June 15 and despite Liverpool previously being considered front-runners and Werner’s repeated praise of Jurgen Klopp’s team, he looks set to join their Premier League rivals.
There is still room for Liverpool to come in for Werner but at present they are unwilling to match the offer.
Werner’s agent Karlheinz Forster is understood to have held advanced discussions on Thursday and the finer details of the deal are expected to be ironed out with Chelsea by the start of next week.
It is understood that Jurgen Klopp made a video call to Werner a couple of months ago but the encouraging noises coming from Merseyside have since stopped.
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