Leipzig (AP) – The change from Timo Werner to Chelsea is not yet perfect, according to RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff.
So far, the Bundesliga team has not yet received an official request for a transfer of the striker. “So far, Timo Werner has not drawn the clause from us, nor has any club sent us a transfer contract,” said Mintzlaff on Sky before the game against SC Paderborn. However, Werner “already signaled a few weeks ago that he was busy with a transfer,” said Mintzlaff.
According to media reports, Werner is close to a transfer to Chelsea in summer. Previously, Liverpool FC was also a possible target. The 24-year-old is now the one who decides on a possible change because of his exit clause, said Mintzlaff. “Now Timo Werner is sitting in the driver’s seat, not us anymore.”
With the exit clause, which is said to be between 50 and 60 million euros, Club Werner gave the opportunity to take the next step. “It was important for us to extend the contract with him because it is important for our young club that we do not have a player who moves from the court free of charge,” said Mintzlaff of the contract extension last year.
In the event of a change in his top scorer, Mintzlaff hopes to be able to end the current Bundesliga season with Werner despite the delay caused by the corona pandemic. “We are certain that with the new hosting club we will find the regulation that we will finish the Bundesliga season with Timo whenever that is the case,” said the CEO.
The solution to continue the season in the Champions League remains to be discussed, said Mintzlaff. Leipzig is in the quarter-finals of the premier class. Chelsea lost their first knockout round first leg against Bayern Munich 3-0. The second leg is still pending. The Champions League will probably not be played until August.
For whom Werner would then be eligible to play, UEFA would ultimately also have to clarify. “There are so many different interests due to the different league starts. There is certainly also a lot of lobbying. We as RB Leipzig, as a young club, are not the club that is decisive. Of course we would like us to have the Play Champions League to the end, “said Mintzlaff.
RB also confirmed another economically significant transaction. With a debt relief of 100 million euros for the 2018/2019 financial year, the Bundesliga club has strengthened its equity thanks to donor Red Bull.
“At first glance, it looks like Red Bull’s performance is not in return – but that is not the case. It is a transaction that is completely common, especially in the private sector, but also in the football business and also in the Bundesliga, “said RB Finance Director Florian Hopp of the German Press Agency. The “Mitteldeutsche Zeitung” and the Internet portal “RBlive.de” had previously reported on the subject.