Antonio Rudiger is reportedly trying to convince Timo Werner to join Chelsea, as Liverpool’s move for the striker stalls.
The RB Leipzig forward is a man in demand with Liverpool keen on signing the 24-year-old and they were at the head of the queue.
However, recent reports indicated that Liverpool are unwilling to pay the £50million release clause in his contract and have all but pulled out of negotiations.
According to 90min, Liverpool’s step back from negotiations is a “warning” and the Reds have also told the Bundesliga side that they will happily pursue other targets.
In fact the Daily Mail reports that Liverpool “are now no longer willing to pay more than £30million for him due to the financial constraints caused by the coronavirus crisis”.
That could well open the door for Chelsea with German outlet Bild suggesting the Blues’ interest in the 30-goal striker has been more intense than reports in England had claimed.
Apparently Frank Lampard has taken a keen interest in Werner for months and wants him to be a central figure for the Blues next season to take the weight of Tammy Abraham’s shoulders.
That has reportedly led to a charm offensive courtesy of fellow countryman Rudiger, who played with Werner at Stuttgart.
Bild claims the pair are close friends and Rudiger has urged Werner to join him at Stamford Bridge.
One team who are officially out of the running to sign Werner this summer are Inter Milan, according to their sporting director.