Sport Report: Chelsea’s Timo Werner Set to Rejoin RB Leipzig
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The German international scored 78 goals in 127 appearances for Leipzig before moving to Chelsea in 2020.
Chelsea forward Timo Werner is reportedly expected to make a surprising return move to RB Leipzig after two seasons in London.
According to, the German international is set to complete a €30 million ($30.6 million) transfer to return to Leipzig, where he spent four seasons before moving to Chelsea in a £47.5 million move in 2020.
Despite winning the Champions League with Chelsea in 2020-21, the 26-year-old has struggled at Stamford Bridge with only 10 goals in 56 appearances over the last two years. Meanwhile, reports around England suggest that Werner may have fallen out of favor with manager Thomas Tuchel despite the departure of forward Romelu Lukaku potentially clearing the way for playing time in a World Cup year.
Bayern beats Leipzig in super cup, Leverkusen upset in cup
LEIPZIG, Germany (AP) — Sadio Mané scored to help Bayern Munich defeat Leipzig 5-3 and win the German Super Cup on Saturday, when Bayer Leverkusen and Cologne were upset in the first round of the German Cup. Jamal Musiala, Mané and Benjamin Pavard all scored in the first half as 10-time Bundesliga champion Bayern threatened a rout in Leipzig. But the visitors needed Leroy Sané to seal the win in the eighth minute of injury time after Marcel Halstenberg, Christopher Nkunku and Daniel Olmo pulled Leipzig back into the game. Serge Gnabry also scored for Bayern.
In four seasons with Leipzig, Werner rose to stardom with 78 goals in 127 appearances. His breakout season in 2019-20 aligned with a historic Leipzig campaign. As he was named in the Bundesliga team of the season with 28 goals in 34 games, Leipzig would go on an unprecedented run to finish runner-up in the Bundesliga while also reaching the Champions League semifinal, where it lost to Paris Saint-Germain.
However, Werner left the club on poor terms, departing before the Champions League quarterfinal summer restart during a season interrupted by the pandemic in order to give himself more time to find his preseason footing with Chelsea.
Now, Werner is set to return to a Leipzig side in flux, having barely qualified for the Champions League with a fourth-place finish while reaching the semifinals of the Europa League and bowing out to Rangers.
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How big of an impact can Timo Werner make for RB Leipzig as it seeks to challenge Bayern Munich.“From a sporting point of view, the transfer makes sense. Timo has speed & depth. No player in RB has that in the offensive area except (Christopher) Nkunku,” said Rangnick. “In order to play at his performance limit, Timo needs trust and the absolute backing of the trainer. It’s important for Timo that he plays regularly so that he can get in shape for the World Cup.