Last night, we covered the Sport1 story that said Werner was still an option despite some alleged “internal doubts” in the front office on whether the 23-year-old would be a fit in Munich. Today, however, tz has issued a report staying that Werner “could move back into focus” for Bayern Munich.
The shift in thinking is obviously due to the ACL injury sustained by Manchester City’s Leroy Sane as tz asserts that Bayern’s optimal plan was to bring in Werner in 2020 on a free transfer once his contract with RB Leipzig expires:
According to information from tz, an immediate transfer of the national player to Munich due to the Sané injury could now be possible again. In recent weeks, it looked as if Werner would let his contract expire in Leipzig and switch to FC Bayern in 2020 without a replacement.
The report from tz also says that Ajax’s Hakim Ziyech, PSV Eindhoven’s Steven Bergwijn, Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, FC Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho, and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic are also possibilities for Bayern Munich. A deal for Perisic, however, might already be in place.
New RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann has taken a completely hands-off approach in this saga. Despite indicating that he wants Werner to stay, Nagelsmann is letting the team’s front office deal with Werner’s ongoing contract negotiations and transfer possibilities. Nagelsmann said:
I haven’t received any signals yet. I have a clear agreement with (RB Leipzig sporting director) Markus Krösche that I don’t want anything to do with it. Of course, I’ll get an update when something happens. At the moment I haven’t got one. I evaluate Timo in sports terms and try to improve him. I can’t influence everything that comes along anyway.
With Sane expected to be out for months and the need for depth, Bayern Munich might be itching to pull its transfer trigger more than a few times between now and the end of the transfer window.