Transfer News: Arsenal monitoring Timo Werner situation

Arsenal are reportedly monitoring the situation surrounding Timo Werner at RB Leipzig, with Liverpool also in the hunt for the German striker.

The Mirror are reporting that RB Leipzig have issued an ultimatum to striker Timo Werner regarding his contractual situation and willingness to stay at the club. The German international was already a target for Liverpool. But, Arsenal have also taken note of the potential availability of Werner.

Timo Werner’s rise is well documented. Rising along with RB Leipzig within the German footballing ecosystem, Timo Werner has become the answer to Germany’s lack of a striker upfront after the retirement of Miroslav Klose and Mario Gomez, basically getting too old to lead the frontline for the national team.

Werner has left the World Cup disappointment truly behind him and boasts a tally of 11 goals and 2 assists in 17 Bundesliga matches so far this campaign. Liverpool have always been admirers of the German international. But, Arsenal seem to have taken interest in the striker as well.

A choice to make. (Picture Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images)
A choice to make. (Picture Courtesy – AFP/Getty Images)

Liverpool’s attacking lineup looks stacked. But, there are little options beyond the quartet of Xherdan Shaqiri, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane. The lack of a natural number 9 is irking Jurgen Klopp, with Daniel Sturridge not really managing to be a regular option and Dominic Solanke being shipped out on loan.

Arsenal on the other hand, seem fairly well represented in the frontline, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette available at Unai Emery’s disposal along with Danny Welbeck, who is an able squad option. But, surprisingly, Arsenal are taking interest in Werner’s potential availability.

While there are no bids lodged by either club, Arsenal and Liverpool are very much in the race for Werner, who seems to have made up his mind by rejecting the latest contract extension offered by RB Leipzig. The club is not known to be held at ransom and is not afraid to sell their stars as shown in Naby Keita’s case.

Despite Timo Werner’s success upfront, Leipzig are ready to cash in on the striker if he refuses to commit to a new deal soon, thus issuing an ultimatum to the player and his camp.

Given the kind of talent that Werner is, we can expect many other clubs to enter the race for the striker, should he be made available by RB Leipzig. For now though, the ball is in Werner’s court and it will be interesting to see if he commits to a new deal or opts to look elsewhere.

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