RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is close to joining Chelsea after the Blues activated his release clause this week.

According to reports, Chelsea defender Antonio Rudiger played a key role in convincing Werner to join Chelsea instead of Liverpool.

Rudiger and Werner have a strong friendship, having played in the youth set up for Germany as well as coming through together at Stuttgart and Rudiger reportedly gave Werner glowing reviews of life in west London.

Chelsea fans are excited in the role Rudiger played in the transfer of Werner and now have a new name for the German international – “Agent Rudi”.

Chelsea have reportedly offered to triple Werner’s current wage, making him the club’s second-highest paid player on £200,000 per week.