Chelsea striker Timo Werner was keen on a move to Manchester United before he signed for the Blues, evidence submitted as part of a lawsuit in Germany alleges.
German outlet Bild note that papers held by Der Spiegel do not only reveal that Werner had signed for Bayern Munich before putting pen to paper in west London, but that he also preferred to sign for Manchester United.
Evidence submitted by Werner’s former associate Murat Lokurlu as part of the financial disagreement includes a number of WhatsApp chats detailing an apparent proposed transfer for Werner in 2019. He described United as his “favourite” in one text message, as per Sport Witness, and Chelsea were seen as “super alternatives”.
He allegedly spoke of favouring a move to Old Trafford after Liverpool tabled an offer of a five-year contract worth approximately £200,000-a-week.
Chelsea fans may want to use this as an excuse for his poor form since moving to Stamford Bridge, but there’s less pressure on him to provide all the goals this season following the return of Romelu Lukaku.
You still see him missing sitters on a weekly basis.
Werner was also heavily rumoured to be a player that Liverpool and manager Jurgen Klopp were keen on before signing Diogo Jota from Wolves.