'No agreement in place with Chelsea' claims Leipzig director Oliver Mintzlaff
After all the fanfare - and furore - from Chelsea and Liverpool fans alike mid-week, as news broke that the London club had agreed a deal for Timo Werner, all is not as it seems.
It would seem, anyway. At least that's according to RB Leipzig director Oliver Mintzlaff, who has somewhat muddied the waters this afternoon with claims that they have no such agreement in place with Chelsea.
Speaking ahead of Leipzig's game this weekend, Mintzlaff told Sky Sports Deutschland: "We haven't had an exchange yet. Accordingly, we have nothing to report. Timo Werner is a player for RB Leipzig. He signalled a few weeks ago that he was busy with a transfer. Until now nothing is done.
"We are concentrating on the final sprint in the league. We want to qualify for the Champions League. That is the only thing we are currently discussing with Timo.
"It was important for us that we extend the contract with him. We did that last summer because of course it is important for our young club that no player moves on a free transfer.
"Of course, there was this exit clause that we put in the contract to give him the opportunity to take the next step.
"Now Timo is sitting in the driver's seat, not us anymore. So far, he has not drawn upon the clause, nor has any club sent us a transfer contract."
Another interesting development in the Timo Werner saga that's once again causing murder amongst fans of both clubs. Expect him to sign for Chelsea later tonight, the way things are going. It's the hope that kills..