Chelsea transfer news: Star played secret role in helping Lampard sign Werner | Football | Sport

Chelsea pulled off a major coup earlier this week when they agreed a deal with RB Leipzig to sign Timo Werner. The Blues are prepared to trigger his £52million release clause and hand Werner a five-year deal worth £200,000-a-week.

Frank Lampard and Petr Cech reportedly played a major role in the transfer.

The pair flew to Germany to meet with Werner and his entourage before the start of lockdown.

Werner was promised a huge role in Lampard’s revolution, something he deemed crucial.

At Liverpool, there were no guarantees of playing every week given the quality of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.

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According to Bild, there was also another key figure involved behind the scenes in Chelsea’s deal for Werner.

Antonio Rudiger was keen to convince the 24-year-old to move to Stamford Bridge.

The pair are international team-mates and also played together at Stuttgart.

Rudiger took it upon himself to explain to Werner why Chelsea were the best option for him.

Lampard has created a pressure-free environment in west London, which Rudiger felt would suit Werner.

For a player set to embark on a new league, it’s the kind of reassurance Werner needed.

According to pundit Steve Nicol, Werner’s arrival could spell the end for Tammy Abraham as Chelsea’s main man.

“I don’t believe Frank and Chelsea are going to change the way they play,” the former Liverpool defender said on ESPN.

“And you have to say that signing Werner would spell the end for Tammy Abraham. I mean goodness knows what is going through his head.

“Allegedly Frank has been telling Werner that he is going to build the team around him so you don’t build your team around a wide midfielder.

“You build through the spine so that means straight away that Tammy Abraham is in trouble.

“It’s a good move from Frank though because he is trying to take Chelsea from challenging for the top four to competing at the top for the title.”

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