Europa League holders Chelsea have opened preliminary talks with RB Leipzig over star player Timo Werner according to the Daily Star.
It was revealed that the Blues have initiated contract talks with the Germans and that has pushed Premier League rivals Liverpool to accelerate their transfer plans for the £60m striker.
Frank Lampard is keen to sign a new striker to provide competition for Tammy Abraham who has been a top performer for his team in the Premier League this season.
Chelsea have two back-up options to Tammy Abraham in Olivier Giroud and Belgian national team attacker Michy Batshuayi but none is as effective as the England international in front of goal.
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Giroud and Batshuayi have not performed at the required levels this season and the two players might also leave the club before this winter transfer window ends on January 31.
Timo Werner is one of the hottest strikers in European football after the German scored 20 goals in the league alone this season.
He took his German Bundesliga tally to 20 goals this season after he netted a brace to help RB Leipzig to a comeback win over Union Berlin.
Timo Werner hit the back of the net twice to lead his team to a 3-1 win over their guests.