Ex-Blues midfielder Michael Ballack believe that Timo Werner’s prospective move to Stamford bridge could work out fantastically for both sides, although he warned that the forward would need time to settle in the English Premier League.
On Thursday night, the RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner has agreed in principle to join Chelsea in a stunning deal worth £53million move on wages of £180,000-a-week.
The official announce are expected later this month after the Blues activate his £53million release clause.
And ahead of his propose switch to Stamford Bridge this summer Michael Ballack believes the transfer makes sense for Werner and for Chelsea, even the 24-year-old will get more playing time at Stamford Bridge than Anfield and will fit the style of play that Frank Lampard uses.
‘I think it’s a good decision for both sides. For Timo, because he fits there, because the way [Chelsea] play football suits him,’ the former Germany midfielder explained to Sky.
‘I think that in Chelsea he has decided on a club where he has a better chance of playing, which is very important to him.
‘The team will be renewed, it will certainly be strengthened and a lot of money will be spent in Chelsea to knock again at the top.
‘A good young team is being built there, which is very promising.’
Timo Werner has helped himself to 25 Bundesliga goals this term, a record that has made him one of the German top flight’s hottest properties.
But while Ballack expects big things of the striker, he admitted that the added physicality of the Premier League would require no little adaptation.
‘That is the biggest difference in England that there is less whistling (from referees), especially for strikers,’ he added.
‘It is much more intense, with a lot more duels.
‘He has to get used to it quickly because that’s the point.
‘He is a robust player, is very fast, but he is also physically good in a duel and he will quickly get used to it.’
Frank Lampard’s side currently sit fourth in the English Premier League ahead of the top flight restarting in a couple of weeks.
The west London club will look to stay ahead of Manchester United who trail them by just three points in the race for Uefa Champions League qualification.
Chelsea’s first match is against Aston Villa on Sunday, June 21 (4.15pm).
As well as Werner, Chelsea have already completed a deal for Ajax midfielder Hakim Ziyech who agreed a move to Stamford Bridge in the January transfer window.