Timo Werner has long been one of the best young forwards in Germany, but now that the RB Leipzig star has truly broken out under manager Julian Nagelsmann, he’s reportedly attracting Real Madrid’s interest.
Real Madrid signed one of the Bundesliga’s best strikers last summer in Luka Jovic, who costed the team approximately 60 million euros after his breakout season at Eintracht Frankfurt. Though he sparingly plays behind superstar striker Karim Benzema, who may be the world’s best, Jovic has shown that he has the tools to be Real’s future No. 9.
That said, Jovic’s promise and Benzema’s continued excellence haven’t stopped Real Madrid from being linked to strikers on the transfer market. Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, for example, is regularly linked to Los Blancos, even though the dream is, as they say, over.
Now, Timo Werner is reportedly on Real’s radar. This news comes from Sky Germany’s Marc Behrenbeck, via Get Football News Germany.
Los Blancos are reportedly “very interested” in Werner, who is being scouted “intensively” by the club. Furthermore, Sky reports that it is “only a matter of time” before Real reach out to Werner’s representatives and make a formal offer.
Werner has been incredible in 2019-2020, as only Ciro Immobile and Robert Lewandowski have more goals than his 18 at the midpoint in the season. The RB Leipzig forward has incredible pace, deadly finishing, and great versatility in where he can line up or which formations he can play in. Since Zinedine Zidane loves changing things up based on opponent and could use a deadly goal-scorer on the counterattack, Werner could be a good fit.
It’s unclear how much Werner’s release clause costs, as it’s been reported to be between 30 and 60 million euros. Either way, it’s an affordable sum for one of Europe’s leading scorers, especially considering that Werner is only 23 years old.
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Real Madrid would have to beat out Bayern Munich and Liverpool, who have been linked to Werner for much longer, and it’s unclear if they would be willing to pay as much in wages if they are saving up for Kylian Mbappe. But Werner is worth doing due diligence on, since he’s a wonderful attacking player. Bayern remain the heavy favorites to sign him – their impending interest was the reason why Leipzig gave such a modest release clause, since they risked losing him for free – but perhaps Real could make a surprise swoop.