Chelsea have agreed a fee with RB Leipzig for Timo Werner. The Blues look set to make the Germany international their second signing of the summer transfer window although one issue remains before the deal can be rubber-stamped.
Chelsea made their cloak-and-dagger swoop amid speculation Werner was heading to Liverpool after months of public flirtation from the forward towards the Premier League leaders.
Stamford Bridge chiefs agreed a five-year contract worth £200,000-a-week after months of work behind the scenes.
A release clause in Werner's contract left Leipzig vulnerable to suitors, although ESPN claim the exact fee fluctuates depending upon the team's success on the pitch.
If Leipzig won the Bundesliga then Chelsea would have been facing a fee worth €60million (£53.8m) while their failure to qualify for next season's Champions League would have allowed Werner to leave for €50m (£44.8m).
According to ESPN, Blues bosses decided to negotiate a fee with their counterparts to conclude the transfer.
It is claimed the two clubs have agreed a €53m (£47.5m) deal, which is €2m (£1.8m) less than if Leipzig had qualified for the Champions League.