In Focus: Werner could spark battle between Manchester United, Manchester City

RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner has claimed in an interview with Sport1 that he would choose either Manchester United or Manchester City if he were to move to the Premier League.

What’s the word?

The 21-year-old has caught the attention of the football world in recent seasons for his impressive form in front of goal.

Since joining Leipzig in 2016, Werner has found the back of the net 37 times in 61 appearances.

According to The Sun, Arsenal have joined the race for the young forward’s signature, but by all accounts the German would prefer a move to the North West of England.

During an interview with Sport1, when asked about his ambitions for the future, Werner said:

“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.

“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. ‘I’ll see what happens.”

Could he spark a bidding war?

This season, the forward has found the back of the net 16 times in all competitions, so when the summer transfer window opens up, there is likely to be interest.

Werner has also contributed with three assists in the Bundesliga and has shown his versatility, which will please potential suitors.

The young German can play in a central position up front, as well as on the right or left of attack.

His comments about United and City are sure to attract the attention of the Manchester clubs.

Which club would win?

In terms of finance, both United and City have the money to meet Leipzig’s rumoured asking price of £50m.

However, City’s recent refusal to meet Leicester City’s valuation of Riyad Mahrez and unwillingness to pay over the odds for Alexis Sanchez with regards to wages, suggests that the blue half of Manchester would try to negotiate down a fee.

From Werner’s point of view, he is ready-made for first-team football in the Premier League but he still has plenty of development to make.

At City he could potentially thrive under Pep Guardiola’s leadership as he has put faith in some of his young stars.

There is nothing to say that Werner would not succeed at United also, but Jose Mourinho is a ruthless character, and if he felt that the forward was not ready, the German wouldn’t get a sniff.