Bundesliga

Chelsea challenged by rivals for highly talented striker’s signature

Arsenal has reportedly joined the race for Bundesliga star and Chelsea target, despite rumors that the Blues’ have a lead for the starlet.

The 21-year-old has enjoyed a rather fruitful spell at RB Leipzig this season, having already scored 10 goals in 20 league games and not just that by the forward has been linked with moves to both Real Madrid and Barcelona. However, that Sporting Director Ralf Rangnick saying that striker Timo Werner is not going anywhere next season, both Arsenal and Chelsea have joined the race.

The Blues have already been after the Leipzig forward, with Michy Batshuayi struggling to find both form and fitness under Antonio Conte, and record signing Alvaro Morata still looking to find his footing in the Premier League. Meanwhile, Werner has been in fine form this season and already has 10 goals to his name, coming off an incredible debut season with the Bundesliga side.

The 21-year-old went on to score 21 goals and help the likes of Emil Fosberg, Dayot Upamecano, Naby Keita, and many others helped Leipzig to a shock second place finish in the Bundesliga. While this season has seen the runners-up struggled comparatively in the league, Werner has still managed to flourish scoring 14 goals in all competitions.

Not just that, Werner has even gone on to score three goals in his first foray into the Champions League, in four starts. This has led to a serious influx of interest for the Leipzig and Germany starlet, with the likes of Arsenal, Chelsea, Liverpool, Real Madrid and even Atletico Madrid after the 21-year-old.

However, the Gunners are the latest to enter the race for Timo Werner, with Arsene Wenger sending scouts to monitor the German international during a Europa League tie against Serie A side Napoli. The 21-year-old went on to impress the Arsenal scout scoring two goals and picking up the man of the match award in the process.

But in an interview just a few days ago RB Leipzig Sporting Director Ralf Ragnick went on to deny the fact that Werner could leave during the summer window. ““Timo definitely knows he is still playing with us now and next season. We are also in talks to adjust and extend his contract.”

Author’s take:

The German is a young and talented striker, and while he may do well in the La Liga, he has time on his side and should spend a few more years in the Bundesliga. While Timo Werner would most definitely become a first team player at any of his potential Premier League suitors, he may struggle to find his footing in the English league like many before him.

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