His current release clause expires on June 15, with it dropping to just £36m in 12 months’ time.
The English champions elect had hoped that letting his clause to expire would allow them to bid below that fee later this summer, given the current climate of the transfer market after the coronavirus crisis, which means such big fee will be a rarity in a huge contrast to recent windows.
It remains to be seen whether Liverpool will make a last-ditch attempt to beat Chelsea to the deal, but the Telegraph add that insiders at the London club are confident of wrapping up his arrival.
What Werner’s move means for Abraham, the 22-year-old who currently leads Lampard’s line, remains to be seen though the German can play off the flanks.
Abraham has only played as a centre forward in west London and has 15 goals in his first season as a regular in the senior squad, including 13 in 25 league matches.
But given Lampard’s ambitions of restoring Chelsea as a major challenger in domestic and European competitions, the addition of Werner – added to that of Ziyech – certainly boosts their chances of doing so, while also ensuring Liverpool do not strengthen further.