Timo Werner has been the subject of serious transfer talks with Liverpool and Manchester United in 2019, according to a detailed report.
The forward played for RB Leipzig at the time, but had a keen interest in his services from across Europe. Ultimately, however, he chose Chelsea in 2020 and won a Champions League winner’s medal.
Still, he didn’t have the best time under Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel.
He has struggled for form since moving, while The arrival of Romelu Lukaku at the top upset the hierarchy.
According to a long new report by Der Spiegel, however, Werner’s career could have been very different.
The German publication, which first alleged financial fair play violations by Manchester City in November 2018, has now detailed a lawsuit between its agent, Karl-Heinz Forster, and his former partner Murat Lokurlu.
The attacker recently open to his reasons for choosing Chelsea, amid Liverpool’s interest in the summers of 2019 and 2020. According to Der Spiegel, however, Werner held a meeting with Reds boss Jurgen Klopp in early 2019.
In addition, Liverpool made a concrete offer. They offered the player a five-year contract worth € 12million (£ 10million) and up to € 25million (£ 21million) in bonuses.
Somewhere else, Der Spiegel Lokurlu and Werner’s Whatsapp messages leaked.
The German has told his adviser Chelsea are not his first choice. Instead, he called Manchester United a “favorite” and described the Blues as “super alternatives”.
Along with this, the report claims that among United, Chelsea and Liverpool, the former made the first real offer.
The Red Devils offered a contract of just under € 15million (£ 13million) to Werner’s agent via Whatsapp. The agent replied: “We will see”.
Bayern were in transfer from Werner underway
According to Lokurlu’s lawyer, Werner was in talks with Liverpool and Bayern Munich in February 2019.
A separate report from Goal, published almost in tandem with Der Spiegel, reveals how the player turned his back on Bayern.
He had signed a pre-contract agreement with the German giants. However, he backed down after learning that top Bayern officials didn’t want him at the club.
Werner has scored 13 goals and provided 16 assists in his time with Chelsea.
Lukaku, however, has already scored four times for the Blues in six outings.
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