Manchester United were in talks to sign £25m player sold by Chelsea this summer - journalist
Manchester United were reportedly in talks to sign attacker Timo Werner from Chelsea before he completed a transfer to RB Leipzig this week.
Werner, 26, has ended his two-year spell at Stamford Bridge by officially returning to his former club.
The Germany international has completed a £25million move back to Leipzig, but he leaves West London with a Champions League medal to his name.
He scored 23 goals in 89 Chelsea appearances, which highlights the fact he never really lived up to expectation in English football.
The rapid forward proved to be a fan favourite with Blues supporters due to his work rate and tenacity, but ultimately he’s been sold due to his struggles in the final third.
Manchester United were in Werner talks
According to Bild journalist Christian Falk on Twitter, Man United have held discussions during this summer window about signing Werner.
However, he opted to select RB Leipzig over a high-profile transfer to Old Trafford and the opportunity to play under Man United boss Erik ten Hag.
The striker’s returning to a club in Leipzig that he previously scored 90 goals in 156 appearances for. Therefore, it will be no major surprise if he hits the ground running.
His confidence appeared to take a real battering while in the Premier League, but it wasn’t too long ago he was banging in goals for fun in the Bundesliga.
It’ll be interesting to see if he can recapture his very best form, especially in a World Cup year.
Werner’s movement, speed and energy is going to mean he gets opportunities to score at all levels, but he just couldn’t handle the pressure at Chelsea. Unfortunately, his clinical touch just completely deserted him in the big moments.
All eyes are on Blues manager Thomas Tuchel to see how he shapes his forward line this season.