RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner has intensified speculation regarding his transfer fate this summer after discussing potential moves to Manchester United and Manchester City.
Werner, 24, has previously expressed interest in joining Liverpool and referred to Jurgen Klopp as the best coach in the world, but it appears Premier League peers United and City are also on his radar.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Leipzig’s UEFA Champions League last-16 second leg against Tottenham Hotspur, Werner expressed his openness to a variety of options this summer:
"At this time in professional soccer there are two different variations. The first is to be part of a team like Liverpool or Manchester City. They have a good working team. The teams have also great coaches. But this is the question: do you want to go to that kind of team, because the situation is already that hard for each member and you want to be a part of it? That's one point you have to look at.
"The other side are teams which need some big changes, because they just won a few big titles, but they are not able to compete on the highest level anymore. For me Manchester United is one of these teams.”
The former Stuttgart striker scored the only goal of the game when Leipzig beat Tottenham 1-0 in north London in February, telling Viaplay after the game how much he admired Liverpool:
It’s been reported the Bundesliga star has a release clause worth $65.7 million (£51 million), and he’s said to be waiting for Liverpool to reciprocate interest.
Werner also suggested he could be open to remaining at Leipzig in the hopes he can “make something great,” while Bayern Munich were strongly linked with the player last summer.
The player would be a great signing for any European superpower, but fitting into any of the three English teams mentioned would be difficult. Liverpool have Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane installed as a devastating front three, while City boast Gabriel Jesus and Sergio Aguero as options up front. It’s possible City could be in the hunt for an eventual successor to 31-year-old Aguero, however, with his contract due to expire in 2021.
His latest comments suggest this could well be Werner’s last season at the Red Bull Arena, where the Germany international has accrued an impressive tally of 88 goals in 149 appearances.