Manchester Evening News writer Joe Bray believes that Manchester City should enter the race to sign Timo Werner, a transfer target for one of their fiercest Premier League rivals.
The RB Leipzig striker has been heavily linked with a summer move to Liverpool, with Chelsea also reportedly pursuing the 24-year-old. However, as noted by Sky Sports, the player’s £49m release clause at his current club is set to expire on 15 June.
While Bray noted in his Manchester Evening News column that the Etihad Stadium outfit “have not been heavily linked with Werner”, he feels that they should make a late burst to try and gazump the Reds for the Germany international’s signature.
He wrote: “City have not been heavily linked with Werner – and there are plenty of valid reasons why – but perhaps there might be an opening to sign a genuinely world-class striker for a fee that is not extortionate, all while dealing a massive blow to Liverpool.
“For City, Werner would have more competition for Pep Guardiola’s sole striker, with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus both capable of being the leading forward in the side and both demanding regular minutes. However, Aguero’s contract at City expires next summer, with no guarantee he will extend his stay at the Etihad.
“When Aguero leaves, City would need to sign another quality striker anyway, regardless of whether Jesus steps up his responsibilities. Perhaps Werner could be that player to come in and be Aguero’s long-term replacement?
“As well as guaranteeing a top talent, signing Werner would represent a huge blow to Liverpool if they were beaten to their reported first-choice signing to lead their title defence.” Bray concluded that “City could do worse than considering a late move to snatch Werner from Liverpool’s waiting hands.”
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It’s easy to see why the journalist is talking up Werner, who has scored 31 goals in all competitions for RB Leipzig this season – eight more than Manchester City’s leading scorer Aguero and 13 more than Jesus (as per TransferMarkt). Bray also makes a valid point about the Argentine only having one year left on his Etihad contract, by which time he will be 33 years old.
Aside from Werner clearly being a hugely potent striker, there is also the massive incentive of potentially stealing a late march to snatch him from under Liverpool’s noses if the Premier League champions were to move for the 24-year-old. The Reds look set to usurp City’s domestic crown once the league resumes later this month, with a seemingly unassailable 25-point lead over Pep Guardiola’s men.
However, given that Liverpool have had a long-standing interest in Werner while Manchester City have apparently shown none, how sweet it would be for the Etihad outfit to make a late surge and pip their rivals to the chase – just as they did in the Premier League last season, overturning a 10-point deficit in late December to finish one point clear of the Merseysiders in the final standings.
As Bray has said, this could be a fantastic opportunity for Guardiola’s side to add another lethal option to their attacking arsenal while also delivering a real slap in the face to rivals Liverpool.
Man City fans, is Bray right to call for the club to enter the race to sign Werner? Comment below with your views!
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