The Chelsea star that helped to convince Timo Werner to reject Liverpool

Chelsea star Antonio Rudiger played an instrumental part in the club’s move for Timo Werner after he persuaded his Germany team-mate to move to Stamford Bridge.

The Blues are set to sign Werner in a £49million deal after making a breakthrough with the forward in the last 48 hours.

Liverpool had been leading the chase for Werner but the Reds are distancing themselves from the German’s decision to join Chelsea with suggestions that they pulled out of a deal due to the costs involved.

But Liverpool were not the only interested party and Werner still had the choice of a host of European giants.

However, according to Bild, Rudiger played a key role in convincing Werner to choose Chelsea by remaining in close contact with the forward throughout the decision-making process and giving him glowing reports of life in west London.

Rudiger is international team-mates with Werner but their friendship extends back to when the pair were both at Stuggart together.

Chelsea have promised to triple Werner’s wages to make him the second best paid player at the club on £200,000-a-week.

Aside from that, Werner believes his prospects of first team football are better at Chelsea than they are at Liverpool, as Klopp had planned on rotating between the German and Roberto Firmino at Anfield.

After Werner’s arrival, Lampard will have addressed two of his key concerns over his squad as Hakim Ziyech is also set to arrive from Ajax.

The former Blues midfielder will then focus his attention on Leicester City defender Ben Chilwell.

Lampard is keen on signing an attacking left-back but all three deals could push the club’s transfer spending over £130m.

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