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Werner Agrees Pay-Cut to Seal RB Leipzig Return

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Chelsea forward Timo Werner has agreed to take a massive 50 per cent pay cut to return to RB Leipzig, according to reports in Germany.

The 26-year-old forward has struggled to make an impact at Chelsea since moving to Stamford Bridge in a £47.5 million deal from RB Leipzig in 2020.

Werner, who has scored 23 goals in 89 appearances for Chelsea, started just 15 games in the Premier League last season and is keen to get more playing time ahead of Germany’s World Cup campaign in Qatar later this year.

RB Leipzig are now working on an agreement with Chelsea and are exploring the possibility of signing Werner on an initial loan deal with an option to buy.

The report claims that Werner is ready to return to Leipzig and would accept a 50 per cent pay cut to help push the move through.

Werner’s current deal is worth around £275,000 a week, while the forward has also attracted interest from Juventus.

“I hope he is coming back, he is a good player,” Werner’s former RB Leipzig teammate Yussuf Poulsen said.

“We are a team that is trying to take the next step and develop into one of the biggest clubs in Europe, you need quality players for that. We formed a good partnership in the past.”

When asked about the prospect of Werner leaving Chelsea before the end of the summer transfer window, Thomas Tuchel insisted Werner has a point to prove at Stamford Bridge.

“I don’t know about it, Timo Werner has not talked to me about it,” said Tuchel.

‘At the moment I think he wants to make his way at Chelsea. He still has to prove a point.”

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