Man United rival Liverpool for Werner

Posted Friday, May 29, 2020 by ESPN

Man United rival Liverpool for Werner
Timo Werner has long been linked with Liverpool but Manchester United are also keen. Photo by Erwin Spek/Soccrates/Getty Images

Manchester United are still monitoring Timo Werner's situation at RB Leipzig despite mounting evidence the striker will end up at Liverpool, sources have told ESPN.

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains keen to revamp his forward line in the next transfer window despite widespread concerns about how the market might be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Werner, who has scored 30 goals in 38 games for Leipzig this season, is on the list of players being watched closely by United's recruitment department even though there is a belief within the club that he is more likely to end up at Liverpool if he decides to move ahead of next season.

At 24, Werner fits the profile drawn up by United for prospective new signings and there is an expectation he could move for a reasonable price.

The COVID-19 outbreak has hit United financially, with the immediate cost likely to be around £23 million in broadcasting rebates, and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has said the club face an unprecedented challenge. But Solskjaer has been assured there will be money to spend in the next transfer window.

As well as Werner, Borussia Dortmund's Jadon Sancho, Aston Villa's Jack Grealish and Lyon's Moussa Dembele are on the shortlist of targets. United have been offered the chance to speak to Philippe Coutinho, who is set to leave Bayern Munich after his loan spell ends (more on that soon...), but Solskjaer is set to pass on the chance to sign the playmaker, who is surplus to requirements at Barcelona. -- Rob Dawson



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