Man Utd failed in last-ditch move for Timo Werner with Ten Hag now lining up shock transfer for ex-Chelsea pal Ziyech

Man Utd failed in last-ditch move for Timo Werner with Ten Hag now lining up shock transfer for ex-Chelsea pal Ziyech

MANCHESTER UNITED reportedly failed in a last-ditch attempt to hijack Timo Werner’s Chelsea exit.

Werner, 26, returned to former club RB Leipzig for £25million – just two years after joining Chelsea for £45m.

Timo Werner was the subject of an 11th hour bid from Manchester United
Timo Werner was the subject of an 11th hour bid from Manchester UnitedCredit: AP
Hakim Ziyech could follow Werner out of the door from Chelsea
Hakim Ziyech could follow Werner out of the door from ChelseaCredit: Getty

The German’s time at Chelsea was largely hit and miss, with his poor finishing causing lots of frustration among The Blues faithful.

However, United were convinced enough to make an 11th hour bid to try and hijack his move back to Germany, according to Manchester Evening News.

United have had a torrid time in the transfer window this week, with deals for Marko Arnautovic and Adrien Rabiot being met with huge backlash from fans.

Additionally, a move for former RB Salzburg forward Benjamin Sesko also fell flat due to him signing for Leipzig just a few weeks after meeting with United football director John Murtough.

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United are now lining up a move to sign wantaway Chelsea star Hakim Ziyech according to MEN’s report, with the Moroccan a former player under Erik ten Hag while at Ajax.

United’s transfer recruitment this window has largely come down to players who Ten Hag has either previously worked with or who he wanted from his time at Ajax.

Lisandro Martinez fits the former category and Tyrell Malacia fits the latter, while former Tottenham and Brentford star Christian Eriksen is an exception to this rule – although the Dane did previously play for Ajax.

Ziyech, 29, is under contract at Chelsea until 2025, but the arrival of Raheem Sterling at Stamford Bridge has made him surplus to requirements under Thomas Tuchel.

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United are also said to be interested in Cody Gakpo from PSV.

A window which started with promise with the potential arrival of Frenkie de Jong grows more desperate by the day for United, and with less than three weeks to go until the window closes time is running out to make it a success.

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Tony Robertson

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