With 18 Bundesliga goals in just 17 matches by mid-January, it’s fair to say Red Bull Leipzig striker Timo Werner has managed to grab the world’s attention.
The 23-year-old has become something of a scoring sensation, rising through the German ranks at the same time. He’s already in double figures for his country too, scoring 11 in 29 outings.
Whilst he’s impressing with his current club, the future holds much more for the pacey forward. He’s been linked with a number of different clubs, including Real Madrid and a selection of top teams here in England.
It’s still only a matter of time before Spanish giants Real Madrid make a bid for Werner, according to Bundesliga News which may make any interest from these shores academic. However, he opened the door for a move to England recently, telling Bild: “The Premier League is certainly the most interesting league, you have to say.
“There is a certain flair to watching the English league and playing there.”
If so, which of the chasing clubs should be top of his list? Or, is there another suitor waiting in the wings? We’ve got the lowdown on four sides who should be looking to make a move.
If any side is going to rival Real Madrid right now, it has to be Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool. Bar a catastrophe, they’ll be Premier League champions in May, coming off the back of a Champions League win in 2019. They’re one of the top club sides in Europe and could offer Werner regular football too.
Their fans are keen for him to join and with Roberto Firmino perhaps the weakest of their attacking options, there is scope for Werner to take the fabled number nine shirt at Anfield. It would be a wise move.
Man Utd certainly need a boost after a tough 2019/20 campaign under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. They were in for Norwegian goal machine Erling Haaland, but dropped out of negotiations before his move to Germany.
That does leave a possible opening for a striker, but United need more than just a big-money buy up top. With the exciting Mason Greenwood impressing this season, they’d be advised to look in the creative area behind the striker, as well as shoring up the defensive midfield area.
Any move for Werner would be a waste of resources, despite his excellent record.
Spurs have not been mentioned as a destination yet, but it would be the right sort of fit for them. Jose Mourinho likes to spend money too, having broken the world record transfer fee at Man Utd.
They also need a lift with Harry Kane suffering once again with an injury. bwin Sports explains how Spurs went three top-flight fixtures without a win ahead of the Watford game, with two of those matches goalless. Timo Werner would add a real threat up top and perhaps take some pressure from Kane’s shoulders.
Chelsea have missed out on a round of transfers due to their ban enforced over the summer, which means whilst rivals spent big they were unable to do so. That might have left money burning a hole in Frank Lampard’s pocket, money he might want to spend on Werner.
Lampard is looking for competition for his own rising star, Tammy Abraham, but would he stifle the England player’s prospects by bringing in Werner? It might not be the best way to promote the youthful talent he’s done well to nurture through the first half of the season.
Overall, the best two teams for Timo Werner this summer are probably Spurs or Liverpool, but as with any big transfer there will be plenty of twists and turns before the German star does finally put pen to paper somewhere.