Chelsea reportedly want to swoop in to beat Premier League rivals Liverpool to the signature of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

According to the Telegraph, the Blues are planning a move for the Bundesliga goal machine and could make a bid for him.

It is understood that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp wants to sign the 24-year-old and the player is also keen on a move to Anfield.

But the report claims that Liverpool are yet to match the £53million release clause of the Germany international and that could see Chelsea try swoop in for him.

It is further explained that Chelsea and Liverpool could let his current release clause expire on 15 June, as it drops to just £36million in 12 months and Leipzig have accepted that an exit is on the cards.

MONACO - NOVEMBER 21:  Timo Werner of RB Leipzig celebrates scoring his sides second goal during the UEFA Champions League group G match between AS Monaco and RB Leipzig at Stade Louis II on November 21, 2017 in Monaco, Monaco.  (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)
Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images

Werner has become one of the most lethal finishers across Europe in the past couple of years and it’s no surprise to see Premier League clubs chasing him.

The centre-forward has scored a remarkable 31 goals in just 40 appearances across all competitions so far this season for Leipzig, who sit third in the German top-flight.

He is a striker blessed with rapid pace and a calm head in front of goal, so ticks all the boxes as someone who could be snapped up for a bargain price.

It looks like Frank Lampard’s Chelsea are underdogs in the race to sign Werner and he could end up on Merseyside, but they need to be competing for Europe’s best if they are to close the gap to the top.

Chelsea have had some top-class forwards in the past with the likes of Didier Drogba and Diego Costa, who make all the difference in building a title-winning side.

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