Liverpool made a sizeable offer to Timo Werner in 2019, according to reports. The German ended up joining Chelsea, of course.
This comes from Der Spiegel. An ongoing court case between two agents has leaked some interesting information about transfer activity in Germany.
Some of that leaked information regards Timo Werner and an offer from Liverpool in 2019. Not that the Reds were the only club interested in the striker. Both Manchester United and, of course, Chelsea wanted the player.
Klopp had a ‘secret’ meeting with Werner back at the start of 2019, apparently. He discussed a potential move to Liverpool and the Reds put a financial package on the table.
It would have seen Werner earn around £10m per year – roughly £192k per week. Bonuses, however, could have seen him earn far more if the player was a success. Around £20m more.
Werner told his agent Murat Lokurlu that his preferred destination was Manchester United, however, and also Chelsea. Despite the meeting with the Reds, he seemingly had his heart set elsewhere.
Liverpool made Timo Werner offer
Werner didn’t move anywhere in 2019, of course, and Liverpool’s interest appeared to grow over the next 12 months. They were linked heavily with the then-RB Leipzig striker throughout early 2020.
It reached the point that by May, United still had interest in Werner but thought he was ‘destined’ for Liverpool, per ESPN.
But the pandemic changed things. Liverpool pulled out of talks, per Sky Sports, and allowed Chelsea to sign Werner unchallenged. The Blues completed a £50m deal to sign him in the summer of 2020.
It’s been a bit of a strange time since, of course. Werner didn’t have the greatest debut season with Chelsea – despite winning the Champions League – and the club broke their transfer record to sign Romelu Lukaku after one year.
Honestly, we’re not sure anyone actually got what they wanted here.