- Timo Werner is ready to leave RB Leipzig after losing favour
- A former Chelsea player has been offered by several Premier League teams
- Three teams have shown interest in returning to London
90min has learned that RB Leipzig decided Timo Werner was free to leave and this could pave the road for the ex-Chelsea forward to return back to the Premier League.
Werner became a household name in Leipzig when he joined the club, which had just been promoted to Bundesliga status for their inaugural season of 2016, at age 20. In 2019/20, Werner would become one of Germany’s top forwards after scoring 28 goals in just 34 matches. He then moved to Chelsea for PS47.5m.
Werner’s time at Stamford Bridge did not go according to plan. The Blues were happy to see him win the Champions League with Chelsea in 2021. However, ten Premier League strikes in two seasons was not the kind of return they hoped for. Leipzig resigned the player for half the price in 2022.
Werner’s career hasn’t started off the way he wanted. Last season, Werner scored nine goals in the Bundesliga . This was the lowest Bundesliga total since 2015/16 with Stuttgart. In the first months of 2023/24, he has struggled to get game time.
Werner’s total minutes in the league this season is 203, spread across 8 appearances. He has struggled to make an impact on a Leipzig front line that recruited Benjamin Sesko and Lois Openda this summer, as well as loanee Xavi Sims.
Rouven Schroder, the sporting director of Leipzig FC, recently said that they are willing to let Werner go. He stated: “Timo Werner belongs to a team which has to compete.” We support him because he’s in a tough phase. “It’s not all roses and sunshine.”
Schroder responded to a question about Werner’s possible January departure by saying: “We have other players in mind.” This is something we will have to face. We will face that. We will take care of it if someone wants to change their mind.
90min has learned that several Premier League teams have been approached as possible destinations. Fulham, Crystal Palace and other Premier League clubs have been contacted as potential destinations.
West Ham could be another alternative. West Ham, who are a good bet for the knockout rounds of the Europa League and can provide Europa League football, is also keeping an eye on the situation.