According to a report in the Sun, Arsenal have joined a host of Premier League clubs including Liverpool, Manchester United and Chelsea to sign RB Leipzig front man Timo Werner. The German is valued at £50 million by the Bundesliga outfit, and could be on his way out in the summer.
It is understood that Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is a fan of the player and has sent scouts to gauge his progress on several occasions in the German league this season. Also, with newly appointed head of recruitment Sven Mislintat coming from a Bundesliga club, he would have a clearer idea of the up and coming players in their first division.
Werner is expected to be on the plane to Russia in June later this year to represent Germany at the World Cup, so he wants any move away from Leipzig to be completed before that as he wants to begin the tournament with a clear head and steamroll Die Mannschaft to retaining their crown after winning the previous edition in Brazil four years ago.
The 21-year-old has scored 10 times in 19 Bundesliga starts this campaign and has also setup another three for his teammates. He has been the focal point of Leipzig’s attack and would be a good signing for a number of top sides in the continent.
However, whether Arsenal need him, is a question of debating. It was only this summer when they broke their transfer record to sign a striker in Alexandre Lacazette from Lyon. As the Frenchman’s move to England did not quite pan out, they signed another player to replace him as the club’s top forward when Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang joined from Borussia Dortmund.
Thus, Wenger would not want three strikers in his one-striker system as all of them are worth a number-one role in other teams across the continent. Also, Werner would not join without being given any assurances over playing time, and if he is given those, the Frenchman could see the likes of Aubameyang and Lacazette make a fuss over it, which would certainly disrupt the harmony of the dressing room.