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Chelsea star set for uncharted territory as agent meets three potential suitors

Timo Werner and Kai Havertz with Germany

The representative of Timo Werner has held talks with three clubs in Serie A, according to a report that reveals how likely it is that Chelsea will sell the striker this summer.

Werner was backed for big things when he joined Chelsea from RB Leipzig in the summer of 2020. However, he has struggled to justify the money the Blues spent on him. Goals have been hard to come by for the Germany international.

For example, in his debut season, Werner only managed six Premier League goals. This time around, he remains stuck on one.

His form with Germany has been better, something the striker has made no secret of. If Chelsea are able to do transfer business in the summer, it may be in the best interests of all parties to split.

But where Werner may end up remains to be seen. A return to the Bundesliga is said to be his preferred option by the Daily Express, who name Borussia Dortmund as a potential suitor.

Yet the same report reveals Werner’s advisor Volker Struth has been holding talks with various Italian clubs in recent days. The representative has met with officials from Juventus, AC Milan and Atalanta.

Werner has never played in Serie A before, but could be ready for a new experience.

Juventus are evolving their frontline, where they signed Dusan Vlahovic in January. There is a feeling they may move for another new striker in the summer.

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Milan have relied on another ex-Chelsea man, Olivier Giroud, as well as Zlatan Ibrahimovic this season. Despite it being a successful formula, they will be looking for a younger successor.

And Atalanta are ready to show their ambition again after slipping out of the top four. Duvan Zapata has been linked elsewhere, so Werner would be a high-profile replacement.

Werner one of two under discussion

Timo Werner defending for Chelsea

It is not yet clear how any of the clubs responded to the chance to sign Werner. Also under discussion was another Struth client, Benfica midfielder Julian Weigl.

Weigl is also unhappy in his present surroundings and would like to find a new home.

Struth will have his work cut out to find appropriate places for each of his clients to land. Where he places Werner will be of interest to many in particular.

It all depends on whether Chelsea can change their ownership in time for the summer transfer window. If they can, then Werner could be on the move.

The report reminds that his asking price may be half of the £47.5m fee they spent on him a couple of years ago.

In summary, the Express write that a departure is “expected” for the 26-year-old, after a 4-1 defeat to Brentford – which he started – could have been the “final straw”.

Therefore, Struth is “actively” on the lookout for a new club for his client. That could lead him elsewhere in Europe.

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