Chelsea’s slow(er) transfer window has left tons of room for plenty of extra silly speculation, and one of the more recent ones concerned Timo Werner going to Bayern Munich, who famously passed on him in 2019.
Werner’s first season at Chelsea may have ended with a Big Ears trophy in hand, with Werner himself leading the team in goals (jointly with Tammy Abraham) and goal-contributions in all competitions, but it was still a far cry from his goal-happy days at RB Leipzig. That does give some credence to any rumor, but Chelsea are unlikely to give up on our big investment in the 25-year-old, who also played more minutes than all but two other Chelsea players (Mason Mount and goalkeeper Édouard Mendy).
Sources closer to Bayern also strongly doubt the veracity of those rumors, with Sport1 debunking the claim on multiple levels, including financial as well as sporting. Even if Bayern were willing or able to spend big on Werner, their interest would depend on Robert Lewandowski’s eventual departure, whenever that may happen — the report’s guessing 2023, which is when Lewa’s current contract expires (barring any extensions signed in the meantime). Bayern’s potential interest would also be predicated on head coach Julian Nagelsmann still being around, under whom Werner had so much success at Leipzig. (And don’t even think about a Lewandowski for Werner swap; this isn’t a video game.)
So, nothing to see here, at least nothing for the foreseeable future.
Update #Werner: He definitely wants to stay at @ChelseaFC! There was also no request from #FCBayern. But: His name has come up around with the signing of Nagelsmann at Säbener Straße. The reason and the story behind @SPORT1 #CFC https://t.co/OcolgtQAWM— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 27, 2021
Meanwhile, Tammy Abraham’s potential departure to Arsenal has hit a rough patch already, with the Athletic and Sky Sports reporting that Gunners are only interested in a loan while Chelsea want straight-up cold hard cash. Or you know, not sell to a rival.
We also have Alfredo Pedullà making claims of a rejected bid for not-for-sale Romelu Lukaku (€130m) and apparent interest in Euro-winner Domenico Berardi, but he probably should just stick to Sarri/Napoli rumors.
Tammy Abraham not being 'the' fit for what Arteta has asked from his current strikers is what makes this mooted transfer appear strange at first glance, but maybe a change of direction upfront for #Arsenal is needed...— The Athletic UK (@TheAthleticUK) July 24, 2021