According to a report from Der Spiegel (as captured by Bild), Chelsea FC’s Timo Werner had a deal in place to move to Bayern Munich during the 2018/2019 season, but backed out after getting word that neither manager Niko Kovac, nor sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic full supported the deal for the player, who was with RB Leipzig at the time.
Bild confirmed the story with its own report as well.
The transfer would have taken place for the 2020/2021 season — ironically when a Werner supporter, Hansi Flick, was eventually at the helm of the Rekordmeister:
As SPIEGEL writes, after Werner “reluctantly signed,” he found out that the then Bayern coach Niko Kovač and sports director Hasan Salihamidžić were against a commitment. The then still governing President Uli Hoeneß had finalized the contract.
Timo Werner and FC Bayern Munich left requests from SPIEGEL unanswered. A lawyer wrote for Förster that his client “generally” does not urge customers to sign contracts.
In the summer of 2020, the striker moved from RB Leipzig to London. But according to a report by “SPIEGEL”, he is said to have signed a contract with FC Bayern during the 2018/19 season. This is said to have ended again afterwards. BILD information also confirmed these reports.
This failed change became public through a million dollar dispute between the two advisors Karlheinz Förster (63) and Murat Lokurlu (45), which is to be heard in court on September 28th. The national players Timo Werner and Niklas Süle (26 / Bayern) were drawn into this.
Werner, of course, eventually moved to Chelsea in the summer of 2020.