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Why Timo Werner snubbed Solskjaer & Guardiola to join Frank Lampard’s side

Chelsea striker Timo Werner reportedly turned down both Manchester City and Manchester United in order to sign for Frank Lampard’s side.

The German forward completed a £48m transfer to Stamford Bridge which is worth around £170,000-per-week in June.

For several months, it seemed as though the Premier League champions would swoop in to sign the RB Leipzig striker after Jurgen Klopp spoke about him.

Yet the financial implications of coronavirus pandemic effectively derailed Liverpool’s chances to sign the 24-year-old.

According to Bild, Liverpool were not the only side interested in signing Werner from under Chelsea’s noses. Solskjaer is reported to have met the player in Berlin in an attempt to bring him to United.

And Pep Guardiola is said to have personally tried to persuade Werner to join – only to be rebuffed.

Lampard and Petr Cech were reportedly at the heart of the negotiations for Chelsea, with Werner certain he wanted a move to west London after speaking to the blues boss.

In fact, Werner revealed that Lampard was the main reason he chose Chelsea over other teams in the Premier League.

“He [Lampard] was the main point,” Werner said. “We talked a lot about things like the system, how he wants to play and sees me playing, and how the system fits me.

“He is a really nice guy who not only told me what he wants from me as a player because he wants to help me as a guy.

“He knows me now a little bit better and it fits very well between us and now I am happy to be here.”

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