Indonesia records highest one-day increase of COVID-19 cases amid easing policy

first_imgIt was the country’s highest increase in a day after recording 993 new COVID-19 cases on Saturday.Read also: ‘Transitional PSBB’: A deciding chapter for Jakarta’s new normalThe spike came as the government and several regional administrations began to loosen restrictions in a bid to begin an economic recovery under the so-called “new normal”.Jakarta imposed its first 14-day PSBB period on April 10 by closing schools, offices and places of worship. The capital began its transition phase on Monday and will gradually reopen public places such as offices, restaurants, houses of worship, parks and zoos.The Jakarta administration has also allowed public transportation to operate as usual and loosened restrictions on private vehicles.Governor Anies Baswedan previously said the city administration decided to start its transition as many parts of the capital had turned from red zones to green or yellow zones, indicating a declining number of COVID-19 cases.Topics : Indonesia recorded its highest COVID-19 increase in a single day with 1,043 new confirmed cases on Tuesday, a day after the government started easing large-scale social restrictions (PSBB) in several provinces.According to Health Ministry data, the country has recorded 33,076 confirmed COVID-19 cases with 1,923 fatalities and 11,414 recoveries as of Tuesday.Jakarta, which previously saw a declining trend, recorded the highest spike with 232 new cases, followed by 220 new cases in East Java, 180 in South Sulawesi and 91 in South Kalimantan.last_img read more

Escalating intimidation, threats, ahead of high-profile treason verdict: Rights groups

first_imgRights groups in Indonesia have complained of escalating intimidation and security threats in the run-up to the verdict in a high-profile treason trial against seven West Papuans that is expected on Wednesday.Papuan demands for independence or greater autonomy is among the most sensitive topics in Indonesia, but campaigners said the latest intimidation reflects a worsening political atmosphere across the archipelago of 270 million people.”We have recorded at least 20 incidents in which students, academics, journalists, and activists, have been intimidated for criticizing the government and discussing politically sensitive issues, such as rights abuses in Papua,” said Usman Hamid, local executive director of Amnesty International. The claims of escalating intimidation come as a court in Balikpapan on Indonesian Borneo is expected to rule on a case against seven West Papuans who face between five and 17 years in prison on charges of treason for their purported involvement in anti-racist protests in August last year.The demonstrations erupted across several cities in Indonesia after a group of Papuan students at a university dormitory in Java were reportedly taunted with racist slurs such as “monkeys”, “pigs” and “dogs”.In the provinces of Papua and West Papua some of the protests turned violent and deadly, with shops and government building set ablaze.The defendants were arrested in Jayapura, Papua, last year but moved to a jail in Balikpapan for security reasons. Protests across several Indonesian cities on Monday called for all charges to be dropped.Activists have drawn parallels between the treason trial and the Black Lives Matter movement, which has sparked the hashtag #PapuanLivesMatter and led to a series of online forums about perceived racism in Indonesia.”Racism had no place in Indonesia, a multi-ethnic country with a motto and tradition of unity in diversity,” Teuku Faizasyah, a spokesperson for Indonesia’s foreign ministry told Reuters.”The incident of mistreatment of Indonesians of Papuan origin are isolated and do not in any way reflect the policies of the government.”Yuliana Yabansabra, a lawyer defending the seven West Papuans says she was attacked last week by an unidentified motorcyclist, who allegedly punched her in the head while she was driving.“They didn’t try and take my bag or my wallet, so it seemed their plan was to try and make me crash,” said Yabansabra, “It felt like an act of terror especially directed at me.”In early June an organizer of a discussion on West Papua was warned by his university in Lampung to cancel the event because it was “anti-government”. He later received anonymous threats on his WhatsApp, including a picture of his identity cards and his parents’ names.Students have been similarly harassed in Jakarta and Bandung, according to research by Human Rights Watch.In the past two weeks almost half a dozen forums on West Papua and racism have been obstructed, some by strange sounds such as clanging piano chords, while speakers have been spammed with robocalls from anonymous international numbers. center_img Topics :last_img read more

New PM Castex: France’s low-profile coronavirus czar

first_imgCastex, 55, mayor of Prades, a small town in the southern Pyrenees mountains, is no stranger to the corridors of power since his time as an advisor to ex-French president Nicolas Sarkozy.”A senior civil servant who knows the health world perfectly well and who is impressively efficient,” said the now former premier Philippe when Castex was nominated to design the easing of the coronavirus lockdown.France’s gradual easing of the lockdown has been regarded largely as a success, with life returning to normal across the country but with no sign of the feared “second wave” yet.Castex was twice chief of staff for Xavier Bertrand, who was health minister and then labour minister under the presidencies of Jacques Chicac and Sarkozy. The new French prime minister Jean Castex is a low-profile civil servant and local politician from the right, who recently gained prominence for drawing up policy to ease the coronavirus lockdown.For supporters, Castex is a hugely impressive bureaucrat who will rapidly master the brief of prime minister and handling relations with President Emmanuel Macron, who sits atop a presidential system where the premier is very much number two.But detractors have already rubbished the appointment, asking why Macron has bothered to replace Edouard Philippe, also a right-winger who has served for three years, with more of the same. At the time Castex had to deal with a number of sensitive cases, such as a pension reform and a law which forced strikers in the transport sector to provide a minimum service. “His warmth and charm are incredible and he is naturally humble and empathic,” said a colleague who worked with Castex when he was head of the health cabinet, who asked not to be named.”I’ve never seen anyone with such unanimous support all the time,” said the same source.Castex’s politics are resolutely right-wing and has said in the past that his is “completely comfortable with that fact.”Father of four daughters, Castex was until January the coordinator between ministries in preparation for the 2024 Paris Olympic Games and head of the National Sports Agency. “He’s a jack of all trades, he has connections everywhere and he knows what to do at the right time and in the right place,” said ex-advisor to Sarkozy Franck Louvrier. Xavier Bertrand, now head of France’s northern Hauts-de-France region, tweeted that “I know and I appreciate the qualities” of Castex as “a servant of the state.” “They will be essential in the difficult times that we are going to face,” he said.But left-wing MEP Manon Aubry was dismissive. “Everything changes so that nothing changes! A man of the right replaces a man of the right to pursue the same anti-social and anti-ecological policies,” she said on Twitter.Topics :last_img read more

PLN to waive minimum electricity fees for businesses, public services

first_imgThe government has ordered state-owned electricity giant PLN to waive minimum monthly electricity fees for businesses, industries and public services to expedite Indonesia’s economic recovery.The fees will be waived for 400,000 such entities for power consumed between July and December. The deductions will be reflected in bills in the following month. The electricity giant will be compensated by the government with funds from the state budget.PLN and the government are drafting regulations to implement the relief scheme, which had been requested by businesses themselves, said Energy and Mineral Resources Ministry electrification director general Rida Mulyana on July 30. “Some businesses told PLN and the government, ‘Pak, I have no work right now. It’s all closed. I’m using less than 40 hours of electricity. I just want to pay for 20 hours,’” Rida said during an online press briefing.Existing regulations require PLN’s business, industrial and public service customers in or above the 1,300 volt-ampere (VA) category – medium to big enterprises – to pay for at least 40 hours of electricity each month, even if they do not make use of it.Read also: PLN to give small businesses free electricity for six monthsIn comparison, similar customers within the 900VA category – small enterprises – have to pay a fixed rupiah amount per month. PLN will also waive these fees. “Customers will only pay for the kilowatt hours (kWh) they use,” said PLN spokesman Agung Murdifi in a statement on Jul. 30.Erasing electricity bill minimums is the third power-related relief scheme introduced by the government to protect Indonesians from the economic downturn resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic.The government previously ordered PLN to waive or halve the power bills of Indonesia’s 24 million poorest households and to provide free electricity to 500,000 small businesses that fell in the lowest 450 VA category.For businesses and industries above the 450 VA category, fixed costs such as power bills have strained their finances as spending remained high while revenues fell, said Indonesian Employers Association (Apindo) deputy chairman Bob Azam.Read also: Jokowi announces free electricity, discounts for households hardest hit by COVID-19 impactsHe said hotels’ power bills made up roughly half of their fixed costs during the pandemic. The other half was from employee compensation.“If we have more flexibility, maybe we can survive a little longer,” he told The Jakarta Post.The relief program is expected to halve the entities’ combined six-month power bills, worth Rp 5.6 trillion ($385 million) with the minimums included, said Coordinating Economic Minister Airlangga Hartanto on Jul. 27.The government will compensate PLN for the Rp 3 trillion cut, 47 percent of which will go to 29,377 industrial customers, 43 percent to 565,994 businesses and 10 percent to 669,535 public service providers.“We’ll prepare the Finance Ministerial decree immediately,” said Airlangga, who also chairs the COVID-19 national economic recovery committee.Offering another perspective, Herman Ibrahim, country chairman of the Paris-based International Council on Large Electric Systems (CIGRE), said that electricity minimums were a problematic practice in general.The more common practice was including all of an electricity company’s costs into its price per kWh, he said.“Customers really don’t want minimums,” he told the Post. “It’s not just that they’d be more hesitant to join [PLN programs], but also, can they pay for such minimums?”Topics :last_img read more

Trump to dominate Republican convention in bid for campaign momentum

first_imgPresident Donald Trump will try to recover momentum in his uphill re-election struggle at this week’s Republican Party convention, telling Americans that he has answers to the coronavirus pandemic, economic turmoil and racial unrest.Trump and his top aides strived over the weekend to put an optimistic spin on what will be a mostly online convention as he prepares to head Monday to North Carolina to formally launch the four-day event.”I think we’re going to see something that is going to be very uplifting and positive, that’s what I’d like it to be,” the president told Fox News. Provocative lineup The Republican convention will be Trump-centric, with each of the four days expected to feature an appearance by the president and also by at least one member of his family.Some of the guests are clearly aimed at riling up Democrats, who spent their convention last week savaging Trump as a failed leader.These include a Missouri couple who brandished firearms at a group of anti-racist protesters marching past their mansion in June — an image that quickly went viral.Secretary of State Mike Pompeo is set to deliver a speech Tuesday in support of Trump during an official visit to Israel. Such a directly political intervention by the nation’s top diplomat while abroad would be highly unusual.The president plans to deliver his acceptance speech Thursday from the lawn of the White House, shrugging off criticism over the use of the presidential residence for campaign purposes. Help from ‘The Apprentice’ The event comes only four days after the Democrats — in a history-making all-virtual convention of their own — formally crowned former vice president Biden as the party’s presidential candidate. Trump, whose rise from New York real estate mogul to political prominence was boosted by his reality TV show “The Apprentice,” has turned to two of the program’s producers to help with convention planning, according to reports.The Republicans’ effort is expected to incorporate more live broadcasting — an approach holding both opportunity and risk — than the Democratic event.Trump is expected to try to impart the best possible spin on his efforts to battle the coronavirus, but polls show most Americans trust Biden far more than him to deal with it.The president faced further criticism over the weekend from someone uncomfortably close: his sister Maryanne Trump Barry, heard on secretly recorded tapes provided to the Washington Post describing him as cruel, a liar and a man of “no principles.”Jason Miller, Trump’s senior campaign advisor, responded angrily on NBC, saying, “It’s shameful that the Washington Post came and ran the story yesterday, literally the day after the funeral services for (the president’s brother) Robert Trump.”Miller joined other Republican aides in dismissing the Democrats’ convention, calling it a “massive grievance-fest” from a party with no “vision for the future.”The candidates are scheduled to hold three debates, the first on September 29, before Americans cast their ballots on November 3. Topics :center_img Dealing with the virus Charlotte, North Carolina is where the party originally planned to hold its convention before the pandemic intervened, forcing first a shift to Florida and then a quick reimagining of the event as mostly virtual.A few hundred Republican supporters are slated to gather in Charlotte to hear Trump speak on Monday, but Republican chairwoman Ronna McDaniel insisted that the gathering was being handled safely.”We tested everybody before they came to Charlotte. We have been testing people on-site,” she told NBC.Convention speakers includes former ambassador Nikki Haley and Donald Trump Jr. on Monday; First Lady Melania Trump and Pompeo on Tuesday; and Vice President Mike Pence on Wednesday.While Democrats heard from all living former Democratic presidents as well as former presidential candidates Hillary Clinton and John Kerry, former Republican president George W. Bush is not expected to appear. Bush has been a critic of Trump’s. He sought to draw a sharp contrast to the just-ended Democratic convention, which he has called the “darkest, angriest and gloomiest” in history.Republicans, facing polls that give Democrat Joe Biden an eight to 10-point lead, were also hoping for a boost from Trump’s announcement Sunday of what he claimed was a “historic” breakthrough in plasma therapy against COVID-19, which has killed more than 175,000 people across the country.Trump told reporters the therapy, which has been given emergency authorization for use, shows “an incredible rate of success.” However, this went much further than his own health officials’ cautious welcome of the treatment, in which blood plasma from recovered coronavirus patients is used to treat new cases.Challenged by a reporter to explain the apparent contradiction, Trump passed the question to one of his experts, then ended the press conference.last_img read more

PREMIUMUnions, groups brave COVID-19, police threat to protest Job Creation Law

first_imgFacebook LOG INDon’t have an account? Register here Forgot Password ? Topics : Log in with your social account COVID-19 worker-unions labor-union said-iqbal KSPI nining-elitos omnibus-law omnibus-bill-on-job-creation RUU-cilaka RUU-cipta-kerja Google The passage of the controversial omnibus bill on job creation on Monday in a House of Representatives plenary session has been met with widespread opposition from labor groups and civil society organizations, despite the risk of coronavirus transmission and the threat of a crackdown from the National Police.The Confederation of Indonesian Trade Unions (KSPI) had said that around 2 million workers representing 32 labor unions would take part in mass rallies to express their opposition to the passage of the omnibus bill across Indonesia.“As of today, we ask the permission [of the authorities and factory owners] for these three days to use our constitutional right [to express] our strong rejection of the passage of the job creation bill,” KSPI president Said Iqbal told The Jakarta Post on Tuesday.He said the nationwide strike was largely concentrated in the industria… Linkedinlast_img read more

Ian Wright spots what Mesut Ozil told team-mates after sublime Arsenal goal

first_imgAdvertisement ‘He kicks down on to the ball. He bounces it on purpose,’ the former Arsenal striker said on Match of the Day. He did it against Huddersfield and he kicked down on to it against Bournemouth.‘Instead of chipping it over a keeper he bounces it over him. You can see him telling everyone what he did [while celebrating].‘It’s just such a brave finish for someone to do, it’s brilliant. It’s the Ozil.’ Mesut Ozil produced his trademark bounced finish to score Arsenal’s opener (Picture: BBC Sport)Ian Wright hailed Mesut Ozil after the midfielder produced a stunning finish to open the scoring in Arsenal’s comprehensive 5-1 victory over Bournemouth.Ozil has been in and out of Unai Emery’s side this season but was recalled at the Emirates after making a substitute appearance against Southampton at the weekend.It only took four minutes for Ozil to break the deadlock and the playmaker also provided the assist for Henrikh Mkhitaryan’s goal, Arsenal’s second, in a classy individual performance.Lys Mousset’s strike on the half-hour mark gave Bournemouth a glimmer of hope but second-half goals from Laurent Koscielny, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette sealed a comfortable win for the Gunners.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityOzil brought back the bounced finish – which is fast becoming his trademark – to deceive Artur Boruc for Arsenal’s opening goal and Wright sung the German’s praises following the win.Like many Arsenal fans, Wright noticed how Ozil made his team-mates aware of the finish during his celebration. Metro Sport ReporterThursday 28 Feb 2019 11:26 amShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.3kShares Wright applauded Ozil’s bravery (Picture: Getty)Emery was coy when asked whether Ozil was likely to start the north London derby this weekend.‘I am going to watch this match for analysis and I am going to watch Tottenham. After I will decide my game plan against them,’ the Spaniard said after the win.‘We need every player and every player on the bench and we need big commitment from every player. If we can play with a big performance I want every player to help us.’More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesOn Ozil’s return to form, Emery replied: ‘I think he is happier with us.‘I am now also very proud of our players. He helped us with his quality.’ Emery ‘proud of every player’ following Arsenal’s win over BournemouthTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 8:10FullscreenEmery ‘proud of every player’ following Arsenal’s win over Bournemouth is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: What Nick Kyrgios said in changing room after fiery Rafael Nadal victorycenter_img Comment Mesut had to let the lads know about that finish ??Baller.— MSP2 (@MSPMSPMSP12345) February 28, 2019 Ian Wright spots what Mesut Ozil told team-mates after sublime Arsenal goal Advertisementlast_img read more

Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson dropped by Hoffenheim for disciplinary reasons

first_imgArsenal loanee Reiss Nelson dropped by Hoffenheim for disciplinary reasons Nelson has six Bundesliga goals this season (Picture: Getty Images)Nelson has now not started a game for Hoffenheim since the middle of December and has only come off the bench four times in 2019.AdvertisementAdvertisementThis was after an extremely promising start at the club for Nelson, who racked up six league goals for his new side, but has not scored since November.At that point Arsenal manager Unai Emery said of his form: ‘His progress has been great. In pre-season he worked with us but here minutes and responsibilities are more difficult because he’s young and the decision to leave is important for him and for us.‘I think at the moment he’s progressing how we want.’ Phil HaighMonday 11 Mar 2019 3:18 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link Reiss Nelson appears to have fallen out of favour at Hoffenheim (Picture: Getty Images)Hoffenheim manager Julian Nagelsmann said he left Arsenal loanee Reiss Nelson out of his squad at the weekend as an ‘educational measure’ for the 19-year-old.The forward made a bright start to his loan spell in Germany, but has since fallen out of favour with the management at the PreZero Arena.Rio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starWhile Nagelsmann may have been a little cryptic about Nelson’s absence, German publication Sport1 were less so, stating there were ‘obviously disciplinary reasons’ involved.Without the Englishman, Hoffenheim beat Nurnberg 2-1 to record their first Bundesliga victory in three games.ADVERTISEMENT Advertisementcenter_img Advertisement Comment Nelson made a great start to life in Germany at the beginning of the season (Picture: Getty Images)Nagelsmann had a warning for Nelson back in October, and it seems that it was not heeded by the teenager.‘He needs to grow healthily,’ said the Hoffenheim boss. ‘It’s like in music – one song puts bread on the table but only for a few weeks.‘It’s not about being a one-hit wonder, but about delivering good performances over a long period of time. Being the best over 15 years.‘He’s also had negative outliers with us. It’s about delivering the positive outliers consistently, showing those over and over again.‘Be careful when evaluating him. Let him grow in peace and don’t get into his head. It’s not easy to keep your feet on the ground at 18.’MORE: Zinedine Zidane to replace Santiago Solari as Real Madrid manager in coming hoursMORE: Pep Guardiola explains how Raheem Sterling can get better after hat-trick against Watfordlast_img read more

Gareth Southgate explains Aaron Wan-Bissaka and James Ward-Prowse England snubs

first_imgAdvertisement Gareth Southgate explains Aaron Wan-Bissaka and James Ward-Prowse England snubs Alexander-Arnold, Walker and Trippier make the squad but Wan-Bissaka doesn’t (Getty)‘I’m not prepared to pick players just to stop the possibility of other countries picking them,’ Southgate explained at his press conference on Wednesday afternoon.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT‘Aaron Wan-Bissaka is playing very well, and he’s really pushing to be in our squad – there’s no question. I could pick players, give them a cap, and stop them playing somewhere else but I don’t think that’s right.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityAnother player with a great shout to make the squad was Southampton midfielder Ward-Prowse, who has performed brilliantly since Ralph Hasenhuttl’s arrival netting in six of his last nine Premier League games.‘We love Prowsey – I’ve been accused of being father of Prowsey over the years!’ joked Southgate, who made the midfielder his captain when in charge of the Under-21s.‘This most recent spell is his best spell since we capped him before and he is, I would say, a world-class deliverer of set plays. But he’s only recently got back into the team at Southampton. The Three Lions boss hasn’t tinkered too much with his latest squad (Picture: PA)Gareth Southgate has defended his decision to leave Aaron Wan-Bissaka and James Ward-Prowse out of his England squad for upcoming internationals against Czech Republic and Montenegro.Crystal Palace right-back Wan-Bissaka – who actually played for DR Congo Under-20s – has enjoyed a superb campaign and has already been linked with a summer move to the likes of Manchester City and Arsenal.With Kieran Trippier struggling for form for Tottenham, the Palace youngster had been expected to push for a place in the squad but Southgate has kept faith in last summer’s stars. Metro Sport ReporterWednesday 13 Mar 2019 3:00 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link42Sharescenter_img Comment Ward-Prowse has more free-kick goals than any other Premier League player this season (Getty)‘It’s not a straight forward selection this one. We’re four months from our last game, and you could look at Fabian Delph and say he’s not been playing for Manchester City, but he was our best player against Croatia.‘So trying to balance all that has been difficult this time, there’s no question, but we have qualified for a semi-final in the summer. It would be strange to make huge changes to that squad.‘But we’ve added another young player in Declan [Rice] and we know that there are some players just on the fringes that we would never hesitate to call in, both in terms of their ability but also in the case of James Ward-Prowse, his character as well. He is absolutely the sort of character you want around the squad.’More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenal Advertisementlast_img read more

Chelsea switched to Timo Werner transfer instead of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Timo Werner is on the verge of joining Chelsea (Getty Images)More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityChelsea had targeted Aubameyang in the January transfer window but Arsenal indicated that they had no plans to sell the striker before the end of the season.The striker’s current deal with Arsenal expires next year and the Gunners must now decide whether to cash in this summer or risk losing him on a free at the end of next season.Follow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. For more stories like this, check our sport page. Chelsea’s move have pushed to sign Timo Werner despite Frank Lampard wanting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang (Getty Images)Chelsea’s board switched from targeting Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang to prioritising a move for RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner despite Frank Lampard pushing to sign the Arsenal striker, according to reports.Werner appeared to be on course to join Liverpool after he held extensive talks with Jurgen Klopp and made the Premier League leaders his first-choice destination.But reports in Germany this week claimed that Chelsea are now on the verge of completing a deal for the Germany international.Chelsea are prepared to activate Werner’s £54 million release clause and have offered the striker a deal worth £200,000 a week.ADVERTISEMENTHowever, Chelsea had also been targeting a move for Aubameyang in the January transfer window before changing their focus to Werner.AdvertisementAdvertisementAccording to The Athletic’s Ornstein & Chapman podcast, Frank Lampard and Petr Cech had been leading Chelsea’s interest and were pushing the club’s hierarchy to complete a deal. Chelsea switched to Timo Werner transfer instead of signing Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenalcenter_img Frank Lampard and Petr Cech were keen to sign Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for Chelsea (Getty Images)However, Chelsea’s board refused to go ahead with a move for Aubameyang as they had concerns over his lack of re-sale value, with the striker due to turn 31 this month.Instead, Chelsea’s board wanted to sign a younger striker and Werner is the player who fits their profile more than Aubameyang.It’s also claimed that Werner was not at the very top of Lampard’s shortlist, however, reports suggest that the Chelsea manager has told the striker that he will be a key part of his plans. Metro Sport ReporterSunday 7 Jun 2020 1:49 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kShares Advertisementlast_img read more