Manchester United were unwilling to pay Timo Werner's release clause unless they raised funds through the sale of Paul Pogba, opening the door for a move to Chelsea, according to reports.

Despite warnings that the upcoming transfer window will look unrecognisable from previous editions in a post-coronavirus world, United are still planning to go ahead with their transfer plans this summer.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer would ideally like to add a playmaker, winger and centre-midfielder to his squad and a new striker is also being considered, though the urgent need for one has been reduced since Odion Ighalo's future has been resolved.

One striker United had analysed and were monitoring was RB Leipzig's prolific Werner, who has netted 31 times in all competitions so far this season.

It was expected that the 24-year-old would join Liverpool this summer with manager Jurgen Klopp being a massive fan but it seems that the Reds pulled out of the deal after refusing to meet his release clause.

According to The Athletic, Liverpool dropping their interest gave United the opportunity to re-open negotiations for Werner, who Solskjaer met in Berlin in February.

However, it's claimed that United would only meet the German's release clause if they could find a buyer for Pogba. Chelsea had no such restrictions and it now seems certain that he will move to Stamford Bridge this summer.

Meanwhile, Roma remain optimistic they will be able to conclude a deal to sign Chris Smalling next season, according to Il Tempo.

The United centre-back has enjoyed a career renascence in Rome and has seen himself become one of Roma's most important players with a string of great performances at the back.

Roma's financial situation means they have been unable to reach United's valuation of the defender this summer, but it is reported they have instead proposed another season-long loan for £3m with a £13m obligation to buy next summer.