The German international certainly has talent and pace in abundance, but United decided against pulling the trigger on his $63 million release clause. While Werner would make a great addition to any squad, a transfer to United did not make sense given our priorities and relatively limited budget. Manchester United also refused to sign Timo Werner because he would stagnant the growth of Mason Greenwood, was too expensive and thought about signing for Liverpool.
Make Room for Sancho
Due to Corona-virus, football clubs around the world are low on funds. United are no exception to this. If United were to sign Timo, then there would likely not been enough budget left over to sign Jadon Sancho. Dortmund has been pushing for a sale of $135 million, which means United needs to hang on to every dollar they have at the moment.
Regardless of if United get Sancho or not, the $63 million that could have been used on Timo Werner could be better focused on other targets like Jude Bellingham or Jack Grealish.
Allow Greenwood to Develop
Another main reason that United decided against Werner is because of Mason Greenwood. Martial has been main striker for United, but Greenwood will be looking to get more game-time next season. Having Werner would clog up United upfront and stunt Greenwood’s growth as a player. United need creative options up-front, but Werner is not the best answer. Instead of Werner, United will look to grow Greenwood and sign other players.
He Wanted Liverpool
To be clear, Werner just really wanted a move to a big club. When Liverpool came calling, Werner made it known that he was open to joining them. He was rumored with United, Chelsea, and Liverpool, but it seemed like Liverpool was his top choice. Chelsea ultimately swooped in, but an important reason that United did not sign him is that Manchester United should not be any target’s second choice. There a lot of other players on Ole’s shortlist who are focused on signing for United, instead of our rivals. The players who will play for the badge deserve a chance over those who only want the money that comes along with it.
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Written by CJ Szaz