Chelsea’s Timo Werner set to join Leipzig soon on permanent deal


The summer transfer window is here, and there’s plenty of gossip swirling about who’s moving where. Transfer Talk brings you all the latest buzz on rumours, comings, goings and, of course, done deals!

TOP STORY: Timo Werner set to leave Chelsea, return to Leipzig on a permanent deal

Timo Werner is on the verge of a permanent move to his former club, RB Leipzig, and he could return as quickly as Monday, according to Sky Sports Germany.

Talks between Chelsea and Werner’s former club have been ongoing for the last couple of days, and Werner is reportedly keen to make a dramatic return to the Bundesliga. The fee is believed to be around €30-35 million.

Werner left Leipzig two years ago after scoring 95 goals — 34 in 45 matches in his last season — and 40 assists in 159 appearances. And despite interest from Juventus this summer, the 26-year-old hitman looks set to leave Chelsea after a summer of uncertainty.

Werner has scored 23 goals in 89 matches for the Londoners but is behind Raheem Sterling in the pecking order, and isn’t guaranteed game time despite the departure of Romelu Lukaku to Inter Milan.

Werner was left out of Chelsea’s starting lineup in the 1-0 opening day win against Everton, with Thomas Tuchel instead opting for a forward line of Kai Havertz, Mason Mount and Sterling.

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10.18 BST: Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi is attracting interest from several clubs in the Premier League and the Bundesliga after telling the Blues he wants to leave in search of regular playing time.

The England international, 21, was left out of the squad for Chelsea’s 1-0 win at Everton on Saturday, despite having fully recovered from the Achilles injury that rules him out for the final three months of last season.

The Guardian reports that Leicester City and Southampton are two clubs interested in signing Hudson-Odoi before the end of this transfer window, while the Daily Mail adds that Borussia Dortmund could offer him a new challenge in Germany.

Hudson-Odoi had been close to a move to Bayern Munich three years ago, but ended up signing a new five-year deal with Chelsea that has two years left to run.

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09.25 BST: Goncalo Guedes will travel to England on Monday to complete his permanent transfer to Wolverhampton Wanderers from Valencia, according to Las Provincias.

Valencia coach Gennaro Gattuso confirmed on Saturday that Guedes would leave the club after an important offer had arrived from an unnamed Premier League outfit for the 25-year-old.

The Spanish outfit has reportedly accepted an offer of €30m plus €5m in variables from Wolves for Guedes, who is under contract with Los Che until June 2024.

Guedes arrived to Valencia in September 2017 from Paris Saint-Germain. He scored 13 goals and set up six more in 43 appearances across all competitions last season.

08.43 BST: Torino have made an offer to sign Croatian attacking midfielder Nikola Vlasic from West Ham, according to Sky Sports in Italy.

Vlasic, 24, joined West Ham from CSKA Moscow last summer and made 19 league appearances for the Hammers. With the arrival of Maxwel Cornet at the London Stadium, Vlasic is set to fall down the pecking order.

The Serie A club, who have been monitoring Vlasic for some time, want him to join them on a season-long loan with a purchase option included in the deal.

08.00 BST: Former Manchester United forward Wayne Rooney has said that the club must let Cristiano Ronaldo leave if they are to build a successful team for the future under new manager Erik ten Hag.

The 37-year-old Ronaldo, who re-signed for United from Juventus last season, told United earlier this summer that he wants a move away from Old Trafford after the team’s failure to qualify for the Champions League.

“I think United should let Cristiano Ronaldo go. It’s not that Ronaldo can’t play in a Ten Hag team. He can play in any team,” Rooney, who now manages Major League Soccer side DC United, wrote in a column for The Sunday Times.

“Ronny will always score you goals. But my personal view is that United aren’t ready to challenge for the title now, so the aim has to be to build a team that can win the league in the next three to four years, and you have to plan for that.”

Ronaldo was a second-half substitute in United’s first match of the Premier League season, a 2-1 home defeat to Brighton & Hove Albion.

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PAPER GOSSIP (by Nick Judd)

Borussia Dortmund have been searching for a replacement for striker Sebastien Haller, and Sport1 report they’re close to signing French striker Anthony Modeste from FC Koln. Dortmund have been linked with a whole host of names since the news that Haller must undergo treatment for testicular cancer, including Edinson Cavani, Edin Dzeko and Marcus Thuram. However, it appears Dortmund have an agreement in place to take 34-year-old Modeste to the Signal Iduna Park for a fee of between £3.4m and £4.2m. The striker will pen a one-year deal worth £5m.

Napoli midfielder Fabian Ruiz is refusing to sign a contract extension, and Paris Saint Germain are hoping to capitalise on the uncertainty by working on a deal worth £21m, according to L’Equipe. The 26-year-old Spaniard has one year left on his deal, and though Real Madrid are interested in landing him for free next summer, the French champions believe they can get a move pushed through this summer. PSG are hoping to lower Napoli’s asking price, but they’re keen to bolster their midfield attacking options. Ruiz didn’t feature in Napoli’s pre-season match against Espanyol over the weekend.

Everton are expected to beat West Ham United to the signing of Wolverhampton Wanderers defender Conor Coady, according to the Daily Mail. The 29-year-old Wolves and England skipper is keen to leave Molineux, and the Toffees could secure his services for a fee of £12m. Everton’s defensive ranks were depleted on the opening day of the season as a result of injuries to Ben Godfrey and Yerry Mina, and Everton boss Frank Lampard is a long-term admirer of Coady, who was an unused substitute in Wolves’ 2-1 defeat to Leeds on Saturday. Coady is keen to play regularly in an effort to bolster his World Cup chances.