Chelsea manager Frank Lampard and sporting director Petr Cech made an ‘undercover’ trip to Germany to help the Blues pip their Premier League rivals to the signing of Timo Werner.
The highly sought-after RB Leipzig striker has agreed in principle to join Chelsea in a stunning deal worth £53million move on wages of £180,000-a-week.
The German international was also being courted by Liverpool and Manchester United, but opted for the West London club after former Lampard and Cech added a personal touch in their efforts to securing him.
According to the Telegraph, the former team-mates, now in charge at Stamford Bridge, laid out their plans for the manager’s vision of how Werner would fit into the team, which massively impressed the striker.
The Chelsea pair were similarly impressed and contact between the trio continued after the trip, which took place just before the global coronavirus lockdown.
The report indicates Werner’s clear understanding of Chelsea’s plan for him swung the deal in their favour.