Chelsea striker Timo Werner held a ‘secret meeting’ with Liverpool at the beginning of 2019 before signing for the Blues a year later.
That’s according to BILD, who cover documents obtained by Der Spiegel today that detail how Werner could have ended up elsewhere in the Premier League.
Werner joined Chelsea in a £47.7m deal from RB Leipzig in July last year, having been linked with a move to the Premier League for several years.
Liverpool were regularly named among his biggest admirers, with it long believed Jurgen Klopp wants a real number nine to complement his side’s attacking prowess.
Ultimately a deal never happened, but it seems talks were held long before he ended up at Stamford Bridge.
BILD report that there was a ‘concrete offer’ from Liverpool to the forward and even a ‘secret meeting’ with the club.
According to their information, Werner is said to have met with Klopp at the beginning of 2019, and there was talk of a five-year contract of around €12m, including a possible ‘almost €25m in bonuses’.
That deal obviously wasn’t signed or agreed, though, and Werner ended up spending another year in Germany before his big-money move to Chelsea the following summer.
It’s interesting to think what could have been despite that, although we’re sure Werner wouldn’t change given he ended up as a Champions League winner at Stamford Bridge.