Bayern Munich’s Niklas Süle was linked with a move to Chelsea just weeks after the Blues appointed Thomas Tuchel as their manager back in January.
Manchester United’s past interest in the defender has come to light. These details have now emerged due to a potential legal battle between consultants.
Bild say Karlheinz Förster was the ‘mastermind’ in taking Timo Werner to Chelsea in 2020. The forward’s contract at the west London club expires in 2025 and €10m ‘consultancy fees’ could be over the course of the deal.
Murat Lokurlu claims he was also involved in helping the forward seal a switch to the west London club. However, Förster states Lokurlu ‘only acted as an interpreter’.
As per Bild, Süle has ‘issued an affidavit’ to substantiate Förster’s claims. They have managed to get a comment from the Bayern defender regarding the dispute. He said: “The gentlemen have to settle the issue among themselves.”
Förster was thought to be the sole advisor in the centre-back’s move from Hoffenheim to Bayern. The report says Lokurlu is said to have brought forward the WhatsApp chat with Süle from 2018.
In these chats, the intermediary is said to have revealed offers from Chelsea and Manchester United, to which the Germany international replied.
Since Süle responded, ‘Lokurlu interpreted this as proof of his advisory role’.
It’s not made clear when Chelsea and United made these proposals, but it was brought up during the WhatsApp chat between Lokurlu and Süle, which could now be a part of the potential legal battle.