Over the past few days, we have seen Chelsea FC forward Timo Werner linked with a move to Bayern Munich (via news from Football Insider) and subsequently saw Sport Bild journalist Christian Falk kill off the rumor with a tweet.
According to Sport 1’s Florian Plettenberg, however, the truth about what is happening might fall somewhere in between those two stories:
However, according to SPORT1 information, the name Werner has definitely come up at FC Bayern around the signing of new coach Julian Nagelsmann. Werner and Nagelsmann have already worked together successfully at RB Leipzig and are still in regular contact. However, Werner’s management has not been approached this summer.
Plettenberg says that things could be interesting for Werner in Bavaria if Robert Lewandowski does not agree to a contract extension or moves on prior to his deal expiring. In addition, timing could work on a move as Chelsea typically evaluates its players with long-term deals after year three:
What’s more, Chelsea FC almost never include exit clauses in their contracts. Instead, in the case of five-year contracts like Werner’s, a decision is made after three years at the latest on whether to extend the contract with the player in question.
The history on Werner-to-Bayern Munich goes back a bit as well:
In 2019, a move of the fast attacker to Munich was already a hot topic. However, not in all executives of the German record champion were fully convinced, especially sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. Therefore, Werner extended in Leipzig and moved last summer to the Blues, with whom he won the Champions League this year.
Under Nagelsmann, Werner has played 45 competitive games at RB, scoring 34 goals and providing 14 assists. At one time, Salihamidzic said that Werner did not fit into Bayern’s system, which irritated the player in particular.
As for how Werner would fit at Bayern Munich, Plettenberg says that Werner could technically fill the roll as a secondary striker, playing alongside a target man — like Thomas Müller does today for the club.
The report also states that Werner is likely not the only name on Nagelsmann’s wish list. Both Juventus winger Federico Chiesa and Borussia Dortmund Erling Haaland have been a topic as well. The Bayern Munich front office, however, will not comment on any of the names out of respect for Lewandowski.