Manchester United fans weren’t happy on Thursday night when news broke that Timo Werner is close to joining Chelsea. The RB Leipzig star has been in sensational form this season, scoring 31 goals from 40 matches across all competitions. But Erling Haaland could be behind the club’s thinking, with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still keen on his compatriot.
Werner to Chelsea is a blockbuster transfer deal, make no mistake about it.
The RB Leipzig star has been in sensational form this season, establishing himself as one of the best strikers on the planet with some sublime performances.
Werner’s goalscoring exploits have only been bettered by Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Lazio’s Ciro Immobile this season in the race for the Golden Shoe.
And Chelsea fans are thrilled about the prospect of him strutting his stuff alongside the likes of Hakim Ziyech and Christian Pulisic next season.
United supporters, not so much.
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Man Utd won't be rivalling Chelsea for Timo Werner transfer
Many were furious on social media, accusing the club of settling for mediocrity in Odion Ighalo - whose loan spell has been extended until January 2021.
But United may have pulled out of the Werner race because of Haaland.
It’s certainly feasible. They, like many of Europe’s elite, have been left blown away by the 19-year-old this season.
Solskjaer had hoped to welcome the striker to Old Trafford in January, at a time where Haaland had notched 28 goals from 22 games for Red Bull Salzburg.
In the end, though, the teenager talent chose to move to the Westfalenstadion with Borussia Dortmund instead.
In the short time since Haaland’s move to Germany, the Norway international has continued to scale new heights.
He’s been nothing short of sensational, blitzing 13 goals from 14 appearances for his new club so far.
And United’s interest remains, despite Haaland dealing Solskjaer and the club a blow by turning down a switch six months ago.
In 2021, Haaland’s release clause at Dortmund will drop to £60million.
And, given he’s still a teenager, he’ll still have plenty of years ahead of him.
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Solskjaer managed Haaland at Molde. And, when he was snubbed, the way he reacted spoke volumes.
He didn’t criticise the player or his controversial agent, Mino Raiola. Instead the message was very much one of ‘we’re in no hurry’.
Haaland may be the reason for United’s decision to give Chelsea a clear run at Werner this time around.
Solskjaer is in it for the long haul at Old Trafford, making transfer plans for not just this summer but the many years ahead.
It is, therefore, not impossible that United have bigger plans in mind for further down the line.
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