Why Timo Werner's stance could suit Manchester United

It is no secret that Manchester United were keen to land Erling Haaland before he elected to join Borussia Dortmund.

United’s failure to sign the Norwegian has left his countryman Ole Gunnar Solskjaer still short on a striker – at least.

But with the pressing need in midfield, Solskjaer may wait until the summer to land a frontman and one who could be on the move in that window is RB Leizpig’s Timo Werner.

He has spoken about his admiration for the Premier League and would be an ideal fit at Old Trafford.

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What has Werner said?

Speaking to German outlet Bild, Werner said: “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. As of now I have no desire to look for a move elsewhere.”

Werner certainly seems open to a move to the Premier League and while the Daily Mail has linked Chelsea with a swoop, United should be there or thereabouts.

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Where do United fit in?

Having spent time chasing Haaland, his decision to move to Dortmund appears to have put United’s striker chase on the back burner.

Scott McTominay and Paul Pogba being out has pushed Bruno Fernandes to the forefront of United’s transfer intentions, meaning that a new frontman may have to wait until the summer.

By that point, Werner may be open to a move, especially if he performs well at Euro 2020 and makes himself even more sought after.

And while United focus elsewhere, the fact that Werner doesn’t want to move this month means they shouldn’t have to fear another rival club swooping.

Werner is a mobile, prolific striker, scoring goals in a table-topping team – in short, absolutely perfect for United.

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Sam Preston is an NCTJ gold standard news and sports journalist who studied with the Press Association. He also has a 2:1 law with French law degree from the University of Birmingham, which included a year studying at Bordeaux Montaigne University. He is an FA Level 1 football coach who appeared on the BBC’s Victoria Derbyshire show in 2018 and has also written digital football content and match-day programme pieces for Colchester United, Mansfield Town and Stockport County.