Borussia Dortmund ‘identifies Chelsea striker Timo Werner as potential successor to Erling Haaland if Norwegian star leaves next summer’
- Erling Haaland has a release clause in the region of £68m valid next summer
- Borussia Dortmund is already looking at possible replacements
- Chelsea forward Timo Werner has reportedly emerged as a ‘surprising solution’
- Werner has fallen in the pecking order since the arrival of Romelu Lukaku
Borussia Dortmund have reportedly lined up Chelsea’s Timo Werner as a possible replacement for Erling Haaland if he leaves next summer.
Haaland, who scored in Dortmund’s 2-1 win over Besiktas on Wednesday night, has a £68m release clause that will become active from next summer, and the Norwegian 21-year-old will be in high demand as a result of his prolific goal-scoring form .
As such, Dortmund CEO Michael Zorc is already identifying potential successors and German outlet SportsBild states Chelsea striker Werner is one of the candidates to replace Haaland.
Borussia Dortmund reportedly drafted Timo Werner to replace Erling Haaland
Werner has fallen in the pecking order at Chelsea due to the arrival of Romelu Lukaku
The report says Werner, who only moved to Chelsea last summer, is a ‘surprising solution’ for Dortmund.
However, as Werner would have a salary of around £17 million a year, a pay cut would be necessary to move to the Westfalenstadion.
Bayern Munich has also been linked with the Germany international, who has bumped into the pecking order at Stamford Bridge following the arrival of Romelu Lukaku.
Haaland has started this season in great form, scoring nine goals in seven games across all competitions.
Werner has played just nine minutes since Lukaku’s return to Stamford Bridge
Werner didn’t come off the bench in Tuesday’s 1-0 win over Zenit St Petersburg, having only played nine minutes of club football since Lukaku’s return to the Inter club.
Werner signed for the Blues for around £50 million in 2020 but endured a difficult first season in the Premier League, scoring just six goals in 35 appearances.
He did, however, play a key role in Chelsea’s Champions League victory under Thomas Tuchel, starting in the overall win against Manchester City.