After a rather exciting 24 hours, Chelsea look set to sign Timo Werner for around €55m (or whatever his exact buyout may end up being).
Liverpool, who had looked the odds-on favorites for the 24-year-old goal machine, bowed out due to financial considerations. Werner himself rejected Bayern Munich. The only other team seriously linked with the striker had been Manchester United, and according to the Evening Standard, they, too, have passed on the opportunity to make a bid.
United do however remain well in the hunt for Jadon Sancho. And with Chelsea signing Werner, they will likely face one less adversary should they choose to make the move this summer.
Of course, even as Sancho supposedly remains their “primary target”, the (not so small) matter of Sancho’s price tag remains a massive hurdle. The narrative around the 20-year-old winger has shifted firmly towards him staying at Borussia Dortmund for at least another season. BVB, like Leipzig, are unwilling to reduce their asking price.
So if United decide to fork up the €100m+ needed, Sancho may yet join them. But if that situation drags on to next summer, as expected, Chelsea will surely be back as well.