The size of loss Chelsea will generate on Timo Werner has emerged amid his imminent return to RB Leipzig, while the figure Barcelona will pay to sign Marcos Alonso has also surfaced.
The Germany international, 26, joined the Blues in 2020 upon the activation of his release clause. Chelsea beat Liverpool to his signature and his £47.5m arrival was viewed as a serious coup at the time.
However, an inability to stay onside as well as suspect finishing has blighted Werner’s time in the capital. Indeed, just 23 goals and 21 assists have been plundered in 89 appearances for the club.
While those figures are far from the disaster some may say, they are not of the standard required to help Chelsea overhaul the likes of Man City and Liverpool in the Premier League.
Romelu Lukaku was drafted in after Werner’s first season at the club. The Belgian also flopped, returning to Inter Milan after just one campaign. Now it’s Werner’s turn for a reunion.
German football expert, Florian Plettenberg, reported Werner is on course to re-join former club RB Leipzig.
Links to Leipzig had emerged in recent weeks, though in what form a deal would materialise wasn’t known.
A loan with an option to buy had been touted, though the permanent route has now been agreed by all involved.
Plettenberg tweeted Werner will return to the Bundesliga side for a fee in the region of £25.3m-£29.5m ‘plus bonus payments’.
If Werner costs the maximum fee in that range, Chelsea will still incur a loss of around £18m.
Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano confirmed Plettenberg’s reporting, adding Werner’s deal will be completed today (Monday).
Marcos Alonso to follow Timo Werner out
Following Werner out of the exit door will be Marcos Alonso.
The 31-year-old left-sided defender is poised to return to Spain by joining Barcelona.
A separate Romano tweeted described the deal as in its ‘final stages’ and the player is determined to push through a move as soon as possible.
Only the final details remain, and the fee Chelsea will receive is ‘less than £8.4m’.
Alonso cost £24m when signed from Fiorentina in 2016. However, his diminished value is understandable given he is now 31 and only has one year left on his Blues contract.
The arrival of Marc Cucurella also made the Spanish veteran surplus to requirements.
Chelsea clearing the deck for more arrivals
The Blues have already spent big on the trio of Raheem Sterling, Kalidou Koulibaly and Cucurella. However, it appears their business on the arrivals end is far from over.
Two bids have already been lodged for Leicester centre-half, Wesley Fofana. Both – including the latest of around £70m – have been rejected, though the story won’t end there.
The Sun claimed Leicester’s breaking point will be around the £85m mark. That figure would make Fofana the world’s most expensive defender and Chelsea are preparing an improved third bid.
An arrival in the forward line is also expected given the exits of Lukaku and Werner.
Barcelona’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang has been touted as a short-term option. The Gabon superstar played his best football under Blues boss Thomas Tuchel during their time at Borussia Dortmund.
Barca have already landed Robert Lewandowski this summer, though need to sell players before many of their new signings can be registered. Aubameyang looks a prime candidate to be sacrificed in the shuffle.