Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus has advised his old club to sign RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner ahead of Manchester City winger Leroy Sane during the next transfer window.
Both players were linked with moves to the Allianz Arena last summer only for neither to join, but speculation is building once again that the duo are on Bayern’s wish list.
“My soft spot for Timo Werner is well known. And I don't mean to say that I don't think Leroy Sane is great. But you get the feeling that Flick and [Oliver] Kahn are more likely to see Timo Werner as the player who could be better suited to this club.
“He is more flexible in the field, his character may correspond a little bit more to the wishes of those responsible. The risk of agitation is significantly lower. He can play at the very front in [Robert] Lewandowski's place, hanging behind or on the wings. And he should also be cheaper.”
It’s difficult to argue with much of the reasoning behind that argument. City signed Sane, 24, from Schalke for an initial £37 million in August 2016, though the fact his contract is due to expire in 2021 could bring down any potential cost should the English giants open to a sale.
Bild reporter Christian Falk confirmed Die Roten still hold an interest in the speedster, though he added Barcelona are also interested in his signature:
Werner, also 24, signed a new contract at Leipzig last August just days before Lewandowski also penned new terms with Bayern. His previous deal was set to expire in June 2020, though Sport1 (via Mirror’s Rich Jones) reported in February his release clause could be as low as $31 million (£25 million).
Hansi Flick’s side may face competition in any effort to land Werner, however, with the frontman potentially serving a critical need for a number of clubs, some of which we outlined last month. To further speculation of a move, Werner declared his admiration of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool earlier this season in an interview with Viaplay:
Matthaus acknowledged Sane’s trials in coming back from an injury that sidelined him from effectively the entire 2019-20 campaign but said Werner is the superior recruit:
“I don’t understand why they didn't sign him before when he was on a silver platter. But better late than never. He has clearly developed again this season.
“Sane was unable to make up ground due to his long injury. Both players would be total added value for Bayern. But if I had to choose today, I would be making room for Timo Werner.”
It’s uncertain as to what kind of summer allowances will be made after the coronavirus pandemic, with the transfer window certain to be disrupted as leagues scramble to finish the current season.