The transfer of German national striker Timo Werner from RB Leipzig to Chelsea is obviously all about details. The Leipzigers did not want to comment on the loss of their top star on Friday. Bayern Munich coach Hansi Flick, however, congratulated Chelsea on the commitment.
The people of Munich had also made an effort for Werner. However, the 24-year-old is likely to have opted for the Londoners between Chelsea and Liverpool. German media reported a €60 m exit clause. Leipzig received the same amount for Naby Keita in 2018. The ex-Salzburger’s departure to Liverpool is the club’s record transfer date.
“Timo is a very good player, also a player who scores goals. Chelsea have made a very good commitment – if that is the case,” Flick said in a Bayern press conference on Friday. In Munich, there seems to be no resentment. Flick: “That’s a decision Timo made. And you have to respect them, everything is okay.”
In the long term, Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz at Bayern could be an alternative to Werner. Such a million-dollar transfer – Leverkusen is said to have offered 100 million euros in compensation for the 20-year-old – is, however, unrealistic in the Corona crisis, honorary president Uli Hoeneß had hinted last week.
Flick knows Havertz from his time as DFB sports director. “I think there are few coaches who would mind if Kai Havertz played in their team. I would include myself,” the 55-year-old said ahead of the two clubs’ league duel on Saturday. “He gets the ball through the smallest gap and just has a goal instinct at his young age.”