Chelsea to beat Liverpool and snare Werner

RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner is set to join Premier League side Chelsea

Chelsea are understood to have agreed a deal in principle to sign Germany striker Timo Werner from Bundesliga club RB Leipzig.

The 24-year-old was attracting interest from Liverpool but it now appears that the Blues have made the move to meet the German's release clause, reported to be about Stg53 million ($A96 million).

Werner is expected to tie up a five-year deal at Stamford Bridge worth Stg 200,000 ($A363,000) a week in what would be a major coup for Chelsea.

The Germany international seemed destined for a move to Anfield after a year of speculation, but the Reds have failed to act, with the striker's release clause expiring on June 15.

Werner has scored 31 goals in all club competitions this season - including one against Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League last 16 - and is set to join when the transfer window opens later this northern summer.

He is second-top scorer in the Bundesliga this season with 25 goals, four behind Bayern Munich's Robert Lewandowski.

Chelsea have already agreed a deal to sign Ajax winger Hakim Ziyech.

Werner has been a scoring sensation at Leipzig after his 2016 transfer from hometown club Stuttgart and has helped make the recently-formed team a top force in Germany.

But he is ready to test himself in the Premier League and will provide further strength to Chelsea's attacking ranks.

Werner has made 29 appearances for Germany, scoring 11 times.

The Blues last month extended World Cup winner Olivier Giroud's contract until the end of the 2020-21 season while they also have England international Tammy Abraham, who scored 15 goals before the season was halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.