On the day where Bayern Munich and RB Leizpig square-off, it is only fitting that we start to see some of the behind-the-scenes action leak out about why the Bavarians did not make a move to acquire Timo Werner over the summer.
According to Bild (behind the Bild+ paywall), Bayern Munich had numerous discussions on the high-scoring 23-year-old internally, but ultimately could not come to a consensus. In the report from Bild, Bayern Munich president Uli Hoeness was a driving force in trying to bring in the Germany international.
Not everyone in the offices at Säbener Strasse, however, was in agreement. Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžić cast doubt on whether or not Werner would be a fit with the club and if he could thrive in “Bayern’s style of play.” Niko Kovac reportedly was also unsure of how Werner would integrate into the Bavarian side.
In early August, Bayern Munich let Werner know that it was going to decline to make a move for him during this transfer window with the rationale that Werner just is not a fit “at the moment.”
Werner, of course, ultimately re-signed with RB Leipzig and received a substantial raise to do so. As a byproduct of that move, Die Roten Bullen now has a release clause attached to Werner, which allegedly scales down each year.
Even with the doubt, however, Bayern Munich still sees something it likes in Werner — perhaps it is the five goals and one assist he has in four games across all competitions this season. The Bavarians will reportedly re-visit a move for Werner next summer.
Regardless, today’s showdown between Werner and Robert Lewandowski should give Werner an opportunity to prove his mettle in what should be a dynamic fixture.