In Focus: Arsenal move for Werner would raise further doubts over Lacazette’s future

According to reports in The Sun, Arsenal have joined a number of their Premier League rivals in the race to sign £50m-rated RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, who has scored 37 goals in 61 games for his club, this summer.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Sun says that highly-rated 21-year-old is already a target for Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool, but now the Gunners are also keen with Arsene Wenger sending a scout to watch the centre-forward score twice in his side’s 3-1 win against Napoli in their last 32 Europa League tie on Thursday night.

The Germany U21 international’s future has been thrown into doubt after he rejected a new deal with the Bundesliga outfit, and The Sun says that the north London outfit are ready to offer the attacker the chance to continue his career in the Premier League.

How has Werner done this season?

He has, once again, been brilliant.

The 21-year-old scored 21 goals in 32 appearances for Leipzig last term as they finished second in the Bundesliga and qualified for the group stages of the Champions League, and he has 16 goals in 29 outings in all competitions during the current campaign.

Would he be a good signing for Arsenal?

He certainly would be, yes.

While the striker isn’t the strongest in the air or the best at successfully dribbling with the ball, he is quick and has shown what a quick finisher he can be.

At 21 years of age he has plenty of time to develop and improve, and it looks almost certain that he will be one of his national team’s main centre-forwards over the course of the next few years.

Will they get him?

It’s difficult to say.

Considering they already have Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette at the Emirates it is difficult to see where Werner would fit in, unless the latter is leaving the north London outfit in the summer.

If Werner is happy to play as a third-choice striker then it could be a possibility, but that seems unlikely right now and Arsenal certainly won’t want to pay £50m for a player who won’t be a first-choice star.