Leipzig (AP) – For Timo Werner, a dream comes true, RB Leipzig makes strong cash: With warm words, the striker says goodbye to Chelsea in the Premier League footballers’ paradise in England.
Werner rises to the second most expensive RB transfer in club history with a transfer fee of 53 million euros. “I had four great years in Leipzig,” said Werner. “Now I venture into the world metropolis of London. It was clear to me that my next step would be abroad – that was always my dream.”
It will be a quiet goodbye. Werner will play his last home game for RB on June 20 against Dortmund, followed by the farewell performance in Augsburg a week later. The Bundesliga loses one of its figureheads against a ghost backdrop. Since the transfer was confirmed, it has also been clear that Werner will not play for Leipzig when the Champions League continues in August. His new club from London is already waiting for him in July, before the medical check-up should take place.
Werner switched from Stuttgart to Leipzig in 2016 for 14 million euros. After the burst Bayern change, the 24-year-old extended his contract to 2023 in the summer – including the clause that Chelsea now drew. After the 60 million transfer from Naby Keita to Liverpool in 2018, RB again receives a large transfer fee. Werner will be hard to replace in sports. In 157 games for Leipzig, he scored 93 goals and prepared another 40 – a world-class quota.
Werner had only shown his qualities against Fortuna Düsseldorf the day before. After the lead by Kevin Kampl, the attacker increased to 2-0 with his 26th goal of the season. The fact that in the end against the relegation candidate was only a 2: 2 increased the frustration level among the Saxons massively. “We are leading 2-0 and I actually hoped that we had the self-image and that we could bring it home,” said coach Julian Nagelsmann. Now the safe qualification for the Champions League is again associated with a lot of pressure. “We have to deliver against Dortmund.”
The fact that RB again failed to take a lead against a relegation candidate over time is one story. The consequence of this could take on a much larger dimension. Because even in his worst-case plans, as club boss Oliver Mintzlaff communicated a few weeks ago in a conversation about the corona consequences, participation in the premier class is firmly planned.
Leipzig needs the revenue to strengthen its squad and become a permanent challenger to Bayern and BVB. Even with the Champions League, RB calculates in the worst case with a shortfall in revenue of around 20 million euros, because, among other things, it is assumed that there will be no spectators until the end of the year. Without participating in the most important European Cup, the loss of revenue is likely to double. Even the Werner transfer creates little leeway on the transfer market.
The lead over fifth place with four points is only comfortable at first glance. Because Mönchengladbach (Paderborn, Hertha) and Leverkusen (Hertha, Mainz) have the much simpler remaining program. RB is already under pressure against Dortmund on June 20 (3:30 p.m. / Sky) – especially since you have not yet won a ghost game in your own stadium. “We still have to score two points,” Kevin Kampl calculated. “There we can start against Dortmund. At some point we have to win again at home.”