Chelsea could have saved £48million last summer had Timo Werner got his wish of joining Manchester United. The Blues signed Werner as part of a £222m spending spree at the start of the 2020/21 season, but it now seems that the German had his eyes on another destination.
Werner was a wanted man last summer, with Chelsea, United and Liverpool all interested in signing the forward from RB Leipzig.
At the time that was hardly surprising, given Werner had scored 28 goals and contributed eight assists in 34 Bundesliga appearances in the 2019/20 season for Leipzig.
Werner ended up joining Chelsea on a five-year contract after the Blues agreed to pay his release clause.
It hasn’t been plain sailing for the 25-year-old forward in west London so far, with just 13 goals in 59 matches under Frank Lampard and Thomas Tuchel.
While he has contributed to some impressive Chelsea performances, Werner’s debut campaign was notable for his wayward finishing.
The case will be heard on Tuesday, but some of the evidence has already come to light, including WhatsApp messages from 2019 which discuss Wenrer’s transfer wishes.
In them Werner reportedly told Lokurlu that United were his ‘favourites’ with Chelsea named as ‘great alternatives’.
United are said to have sent a proposal to Lokurlu via WhatsApp to which he replied: “We’ll see.”
Meanwhile, Liverpool also reportedly submitted a concrete offer with a ‘secret meeting’ said to have taken place between Werner and the club.
Liverpool offered the German international a five-year deal worth around £200,000-a-week, with another £20m available in bonuses.
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However, the proposed transfer never went ahead and Liverpool eventually signed Diogo Jota from Wolves in a deal which could rise to £45m.
Werner reportedly earns around £270,000 per week at Chelsea, making him the club’s third-highest earner behind Lukaku and N’Golo Kante.
That is despite not holding down a regular spot in Thomas Tuchel’s starting XI.
Werner has made seven appearances in all competitions so far this season, but just four have been starts, two of which came in the Premier League.
He has so far contributed one goal and one assist, but he did net three goals in three games for Germany in the September international break.