RasenBallsport Leipzig are one of Germany’s most hated clubs, due to their fast growth assisted by wealthy owners (sound familiar?) Red Bull, but their attractive brand of football and development of young players is hard not to admire.
The Saxony club are currently second in the Bundesliga after only winning promotion to Germany’s top-flight this season, and much of that is thanks to a host of young talent, including Emil Forsberg and Naby Keita, two players who have been linked with a move to Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool.
Another RB Leipzig star linked with not just Liverpool, but also Manchester City and Manchester United, is Germany under-21 striker, Timo Werner.
21-year-old Werner has struck 14 times in 22 Bundesliga games this season since his €10 million switch from relegated Stuttgart in the summer, alerting some of Europe’s biggest clubs.
And according to Bild, all three Premier League clubs have made enquiries about the talented forward in recent times.
However, Werner has a contract until 2020 with no release clause and sporting director Ralf Rangnick says the ambitious club are not in the mood to sell any of their exciting young stars this summer. Any deal would require a bid the German side simply couldn’t refuse, something United and Liverpool, perhaps more in need of strikers than City (unless Sergio Agüero does move on), may be more inclined to do.
Werner’s agent was coy when speaking to Bild about his client’s future, admitting Premier League interest: “There is general interest from Premier League clubs,” Karlheinz Forster told the German newspaper. “The English are everywhere in the Bundesliga — they scout and track players intensively — and Timo has made himself even more interesting with his performances and goals for Leipzig.”
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