Of all the strikers in Europe who Manchester United could sign this summer, Timo Werner may be the best option.
He is also probably going to be the most challenging player to try and sign.
This pertains to two reasons, his current success at RB Leipzig and interest from Liverpool.
The Express reported last month that Werner is a player United admire, and with 20 goals in 21 Bundesliga games this season, it’s easy to see why.
Incentive to strike quickly
A report from Germany this week claimed Werner has a release clause of £51 million.
Sport Bild claim the price it would cost to buy Werner out of his Leipzig deal is £51 million, which is still very fair value for the prolific forward.
The catch is, as BILD’s Christian Falk reports, this release clause expires at the end of April.
Chelsea showed this week with a move for Hakim Ziyech how deals can be done outside the transfer window, but it is going to be tough for United to try and get the deal done for Werner.
Better chance last summer
Last summer was the moment United should have moved for the striker.
Werner scored ‘just’ 16 goals compared to the 26 he has in all competitions already this season.
Now his RB Leipzig side are flying high at the top of the Bundesliga, having finished third a year ago.
They are also into the Champions League knockout stages for the very first time.
Why would Werner now want to give all of this up, considering the season United are having right now?
The only club he may drop everything for is Liverpool, led by his countryman Jurgen Klopp to a remarkable season so far.
Werner’s form has attracted serious interest beyond United sniffing around and as Sport Bild report, Liverpool are contemplating paying his release clause.
This would be a serious blow for United, who will have to look elsewhere as a rival grows even stronger.
It will be the United board’s own fault. There was not enough aggression or pro-activeness shown in the transfer window last summer.
United knew all along that Romelu Lukaku was leaving, and the money received should have been put towards convincing Werner to sign.
Now he has even less reason to, and there is more competition. The only difference is that United are more desperate.
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