Chelsea have acted decisively in the transfer window by signing RB Leipzig star Timo Werner for a reasonable £47million and the striker has now revealed he turned down Manchester United and Liverpool to move to Stamford Bridge.
Liverpool were in serious discussions with the Germany international before the coronavirus outbreak disrupted their plans.
Jurgen Klopp wanted to assess the damage done to the summer budget before deciding whether to progress with a deal for the 24-year-old.
But his pondering allowed Frank Lampard the chance to swoop in and strike a deal.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is also looking for a new forward after failing to replace Romelu Lukaku last year.
Werner has explained why he rejected Chelsea’s Premier League rivals and even turned down a big-money offer in Asia.
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“Inter, Manchester United and Liverpool wanted me? Yes, I could have gone to these teams too,” Werner told Sportbuzzer. “The best clubs fought for me.
“The entire Chelsea package in the end, however, turned out to be the best in my career. Money played a marginal role.
“For me, money was never a decisive factor, otherwise I could have gone to China.
“Chelsea is a leading club in European football. There is a team of great quality, we want to get to the top. I don’t regret my decision for even a second.”
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Werner had the option to remain at Leipzig until August as the Bundesliga side are through to the Champions League quarter-finals.
The condensed mini-tournament will take place once all of the major European domestic leagues have been completed.
But Leipzig will try to win the prestigious competition without their all-time record goalscorer.
“Of course it hurts me that I can’t help out [RB Leipzig] to play in the Champions League,” Werner added.
“But I’m a Chelsea FC player from July 1st and I’m being paid by Chelsea from then on.
“It was clear that all parties – Chelsea, RB and my side – should and must settle this.
“Of course I tried to keep out of the Champions League issue as much as I could because it was clear that I would have to hurt one side.
“That’s why my agent finally agreed it with the clubs.”
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