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Timo Werner ‘wanted to join Man Utd’ over Chelsea before £48m move

Chelsea forward Timo Werner wanted to join Manchester United over the London club and Liverpool before his £53m move to Stamford Bridge last summer.

That was revealed in the evidence in a German court case between Werner’s agent Karl-Heinz Forster and his former associate Murat Lokurlu.

According to Bild, a million-dollar- dispute is ongoing between the two men. The case is set to be heard on Tuesday but documents revealed ahead of the hearing suggest Werner’s preferred destination was United before he left RB Leipzig.

In WhatsApp messages from 2019, Werner reportedly told Lokurlu the Red devils were his ‘favourites’ with his current club Chelsea named as ‘great alternatives’.

United, Chelsea and Liverpool are all reported to have been in for Werner in 2019. Solskjaer’s side are said to have sent a proposal to Lokurlu through WhatsApp to which he replied: “We’ll see.”

The Reds also reportedly made a concrete offer with a ‘secret meeting’ believed to have taken place between Werner and Liverpool.

A five-year contract on around £200,000-per-week with close to £20 million in bonuses was reportedly put on the table for the Germany international.

But, Liverpool eventually signed Wolves forward Diogo Jota, and the Blues swooped last June. They paid £53m and pay him a huge £270k-a-week.

But he has failed to provide value for money thus far with only 13 goals in 59 appearances at Stamford Bridge.

His game time looked like it would be limited this campaign with Romelu Lukaku hitting the ground running after his £97.5m move from Inter.

He has four in seven and has cemented himself as the number one striker, but Werner could now form a two-man attack with him after starting alongside Lukaku in the defeat to Manchester City.

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