Chelsea striker Timo Werner has been linked with a premature exit from Stamford Bridge as his struggles in front of goal continue.
The German hasn't exactly set the Premier League alight since his £47.5m arrival from RB Leipzig last summer. The 25-year-old joined from the Bundesliga outfit as part of the Blues' summer spending spree, but it has been suggested he could be off well before the end of his contract.
In 27 league appearances to date, the forward has disappointingly only managed to find the back of the net on five occasions. While he has proven himself a capable provider, contributing eight assists, his goal return is far from what you'd expect from a player of his calibre.
And according to Football Insider, sources within the west London club have indicated that very few behind the scenes expect the player to see out his current deal, which is due to expire in 2025.
They claim the expectation is that the German will return to the country of his birth 'in the next year or two', suggesting he could be sold this summer.
It could be argued one of the reasons Frank Lampard was dismissed in January and replaced by Thomas Tuchel was because he was unable to get the best out of Werner and his compatriot Kai Havertz, who was signed for in excess of £70m last summer.
Many would have hoped the appointment of Tuchel would see an upturn in Werner's goalscoring form form, but since his arrival in the capital his forward has only managed a single league goal, which came against Newcastle United in mid-February.
However, this rumour should perhaps be taken with a large pinch of salt; while the goals have been hard to come by, Werner has generally played very well under Tuchel and has been unlucky not to score on several occasions.
He remains one of the first names on the team sheet, and considering this news has emerged so early into Tuchel's tenure - a man who was reportedly charged specifically with getting the best out of Werner and Havertz when he took the job - it seems far too early to suggest the Blues are ready to cut their losses on the 25-year-old.