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Manchester United linked with ex-Chelsea striker Timo Werner as Red Devils assess market

Manchester United have inquired about RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, It has been reported.

The former Chelsea player struggled immensely in front of goal during his two seasons at Stamford Bridge and made a return to Leipzig, who paid £50 million for him.


Werner had to play a supporting role this seasonCredit: AFP

Sky Sports in Germany reports that he is unhappy with his situation in Germany. Werner’s contract with Leipzig runs until 2026.

talkSPORT understands that Man United are actively evaluating the market ahead of the January transfer window, however, it is unclear whether their interest in Werner is firm.

The speedy 27-year-old was one of Europe’s most sought-after strikers after a 34-goal season with Leipzig in 2019/20 and Chelsea won the battle against then-league champions Liverpool for his signature.

However, despite winning the Champions League under Thomas Tuchel in 2021, he returned to the Bundesliga in the summer of 2022 for £25 million after scoring just 23 goals in 89 games.

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Returning to his scoring style last season, Werner scored 16 times, but this campaign things have changed.

Having fallen out of favor under Marco Rose, Werner is now firmly behind Benjamin Sesko and Lois Openda in the attacking hierarchy in East Germany.

This hampered his chances at his home Euro 2024 tournament next season, not being selected in the Germany squad, despite the nation being managed by his former Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann.

United are desperately struggling for production at the top, with £72million summer signing Rasmus Hojlund yet to find the net in the Premier League, despite lighting up the Champions League with five goals.

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Marcus Rashford, Alejandro Garnacho and Anthony Martial all have just two each, while Antony, Pacundo Pellistri, Jadon Sancho and Mason Mount are all scoreless.

Werner, meanwhile, has two goals and an assist in 371 minutes of play this season, and remains a valuable asset in counter-attacking situations.


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