London (dpa) – Chelsea confirmed Thursday they have reached an agreement with RB Leipzig to sign Germany forward Timo Werner.
The 24-year-old is to join up with the Premier League club in July at the end of the Bundesliga season, Chelsea said on their website. The deal is subject to a medical.
“I am delighted to be signing for Chelsea, it is a very proud moment for me to be joining this great club,” Werner said.
“I look forward to next season with my new team-mates, my new manager and of course the Chelsea fans. Together we have a very successful future ahead of us.”
Werner has scored 32 goals in 43 matches this season for Leipzig and has 11 goals in 29 matches for his country.
The Germany international had been strongly linked with Liverpool but the Premier League leaders would not pay the release clause to sign him, leaving Chelsea free to swoop.
Earlier this month German daily Bild, German sports magazine Kicker and British papers, including The Guardian, reported that the Blues were ready to pay some 60 million euros (68 million dollars) set in a release clause – though they said that the clause had to be activated before June 15.
Neither the clause nor a fee was mentioned in Chelsea’s statement.
“We are very excited that Timo Werner has chosen to join Chelsea,” club director Marina Granovskaia said.
“He is a player who was coveted all over Europe and it is no surprise, he has that rare mix of being young and exciting and yet established and proven.
“We can’t wait to have Timo on board, but until then we wish him and RB Leipzig all the best for the rest of this season.”