No one really made much of Timo Werner’s £10m move to Red Bull Leipzig from Stuttgart in the summer of 2016 but here we are, 18 months later, and the striker is one of the most sought-after forwards in Europe.
After netting 21 goals in 32 games last season, the 21-year-old has broken into the Germany international side and has followed that up with a fine return so far this campaign, netting 16 goals in 30 appearances.
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Speaking to Sport1, as cited by the Mirror, Werner says it would be a lie to say you didn’t want to play for a Bayern Munich or Manchester United in your career.
If you take Germany, it would be a lie to say that you would not like to play for Bayern. It would be a lie to say in England you’d not like to play for Manchester United or Manchester City.
Werner goes on to state that Barcelona or Real Madrid in Spain would interest him, but neither Italian or French football for him as he reveals he doesn’t want to tie himself down so early in his career.
Spain – Barca or Real. There are great clubs in every league. Italy or France would not be my leagues, but the other three. There are so many clubs you’d like to play for. I don’t want to tie myself down.
Sporting Director Ralf Ragnick confirmed that the club were attempting to tie Werner down to a new contract and that the striker knew he would remain at the club next season.
Timo definitely knows he is still playing with us now and next season, We are also in talks to adjust and extend his contract.
However, the striker is aware that clubs outside of the Bundesliga are interested in him and has turned down a new contract with the club.
Strong, fast and clearly an elite-level finisher, Werner’s rise to the top of European football looks set to continue over the next few years and the logical next step is to leave Leipzig for a top European side.
Real Madrid want the German to reinvigorate their ageing attack that features both Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema who are being strongly linked with moves away from the Bernabeu.
The Premier League is a potential destination for Werner and Jurgen Klopp wants the energetic forward to come and lead his attack as he fits his high-press style at Anfield, while Chelsea see the striker as the ideal partner to Alvaro Morata in attack to help ease the load on the Spaniard’s shoulders.
Manchester United and Manchester City are both short of center-forward options in their squad with both Romelu Lukaku and Sergio Aguero forced to play the bulk of the games and the arrival of Werner on either side of Manchester would be a significant addition indeed.