Chelsea centre-back Antonio Rudiger has reached out to Germany national team star Timo Werner to convince him to turn down interest from Man Utd and Liverpool and move to Stamford Bridge instead.
The RB Leipzig striker is one of Europe’s most in-demand players, with the Merseyside Reds believed to be at the front of the queue after Liverpool head-coach, Jurgen Klopp spoke to his compatriot on a Zoom call. however, in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, the Merseyside Reds are no longer willing to pay German forward’s £50million release clause and are ready to pay only £30m for his services.
That has reopened the door for the likes of Chelsea and Man Utd to join the race for prolific German forward.
According to SportBild, Rudiger is good friends with Werner and he is using his relationship to convince RB Leipzig froward to snub Liverpool and Man Utd to make the switch to Chelsea.
The pair played together at Stuttgart until 2015.
German international forward has been in stunning form for Leipzig this campaign, founding back of the net 24 times in 28 Bundesliga games, while he has also managed to provide seven assists.
He has previously dropped hint that he is ready to depart the club for a new challenge and would prefer to leave Bundesliga.
‘A challenge in a foreign league would appeal to me rather than a move to Bayern,’ he told Bild earlier this month.
Chelsea head-coach Frank Lampard is believed to be eager to bring in more firepower at the offensive end in the summer with Olivier Giroud and Michy Batshuayi both surplus to requirements at Stamford Bridge.