According to the Daily Express, Manchester City have joined the race to sign reported Liverpool target and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.
The European champions have persistently been touted with an approach for the talented German international who has taken the Bundesliga by storm under manager Julian Naglesmann this campaign.
BILD have already suggested that Werner would priotise a move to Liverpool, and the opportunity to link up with countryman and FIFA Coach of the Year Jurgen Klopp.
However, Pep Guardiola is reportedly set to join the race for the former Stuttgart forward’s signature despite the Citizens potentially not being able to offer the lure of Champions League football.
The current Premier League holders have been handed a two-year ban from both the Champions League and Europa League pending an appeal via the Court of Arbitration for Sport for allegedly overstating sponsorship revenue and failing to co-operate with the subsequent investigation.
City claim that the Uefa adjudicatory chamber reached their decision via a “flawed and consistently leaked process” which was “prejudicial” and the club actively deny the charges.
Whether or not this opposes a threat to City’s pursuit of Werner remains to be seen.
The German international, who has a £50 million release clause in his contract (BILD), has been a revelation in the Bundesliga for Leipzig, having nettedan impressive 20 goals in 22 matches.
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Whilst the English champions-elect have long-assessed the 23-year-old, who aligns with the stylistic profile the recruitment team prioritise whether or not Liverpool will actively pursue Werner will have to wait until the end of the season.
Werner’s football attributes would undoubtedly complement the approach of the European and world champions, but there are lingering concerns over how he would adjust to not being an automatic starter at Anfield.
The word’s most devestating attacking trident of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are expected to remain at the club and while sporting director Michael Edwards has begun the process of forward planning for the squad – with the Africa Cup of Nations playing an obstacle for next season there is the appreciation that any summer signings will not be made due to short-term competitions.
As reported by Melissa Reddy of the Independent, if Werner is to arrive on Merseyside, the reality is that he will have to initially operate as Firmino’s understudy. If he was willing to ease into his time at Liverpool and accept that he’d be part of a very successful unit and not at the core of it, it could open the door for Klopp and Edwards to pursue a deal at the right price.