According to reports in Germany, Manchester City tried to hijack Chelsea’s deal for Timo Werner, who scored 34 goals in 45 matches for RB Leipzig last season.
German media outlet Bild claim Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola called Werner up to try and convince him to reject Chelsea and move to Manchester City instead.
Werner reportedly rejected the chance to join Manchester City because he was guaranteed to play more at Chelsea.
Premier League rivals Liverpool and Manchester United were also keen on signing Werner this summer, but his heart was set on a move to London.
Werner is part of an over £230million overhaul at Chelsea this summer that has seen Hakim Ziyech, Ben Chilwell, Malang Sarr, Thiago Silva and Kai Havertz join Chelsea.