Chelsea have agreed a £54m ($98m) deal for RB Leipzig star Timo Werner.
The striker looks set to sign a five-year contract after Frank Lampard made it clear he is ready to meet the German’s release clause.
Werner will pocket around £200,000-a-week, making him one of Chelsea’s top earners.
But there is still the danger of Liverpool making a last-gasp bid.
Jurgen Klopp’s champions-elect have been heavily linked with a move for Werner and the Germany international had made no attempt to hide his interest in a move to Anfield.
In February Werner admitted: “Jurgen Klopp is the best coach in the world.
“There is a lot to suggest that my style of play would suit there (Liverpool).”
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However, it is understood the Reds are reluctant to meet Werner’s release clause as the coronavirus pandemic continues to wreak havoc with clubs’ finances.
And it now appears the Bundesliga’s second top scorer will be challenging Tammy Abraham and Olivier Giroud at Stamford Bridge next season.
Lampard’s men have already signed Hakim Ziyech from Ajax in a £37m deal.
And the presence of Werner up front could give Chelsea the extra edge they need in pursuit of a sixth Premier League title.
The highly-rated forward, 24, has scored 31 goals in all competitions this season, taking his total Leipzig tally to 92 in just four seasons.
Indeed, Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann recently admitted there was no chance of keeping Werner at the club this summer.
He said: “There is nothing we can do about it. He knows what he has in Leipzig and also what he has with me.
“I show him that – he gets many chances to develop himself. I don’t know if it will help him that much if I tell him every day.
“A player has to feel that he can get better. If he doesn’t feel that, it wouldn’t do any good if I kept on telling him to stay here.
“In the end, it is his life, his career, he can decide that. I can’t think of anything new to say to Timo.”
This article was originally published by The Sun and reproduced with permission.