Timo Werner has teed up a potential switch to the Premier League this summer and fans got another chance to assess the German forward in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Ahead of facing Tottenham, his comments have boosted the chances of an exit, although he appears conflicted on his decision.
Timo Werner is one of the most in-demand strikers in Europe for the summer transfer window
Premier League fans will get another chance to watch him against Tottenham on Tuesday night
‘At this time in professional soccer there are two different variations,’ he said. ‘The first is to be part of a team like Liverpool or Manchester City.
‘They have a good working team. The teams have also great coaches.
‘The other side are teams which need some big changes, because they just won a few big titles, but they are not able to compete on the highest level anymore. For me Manchester United is one of these teams.
Good in the air and clinical with his chances, Werner is ready-made to excel playing in England
‘At this point of my career I’m asking myself: do I want to be part of a new team, to build up something new, or do I want to stay at my team and make something great?’
With the trio of interested teams name-checked by the player himself, Sportsmail assesses where he would fit and how suitable he is for each side.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is slowly but surely adding the pieces he wants to restore Manchester United back to championship contenders.
Victory over Manchester City at the weekend showed, once again, the impact January signing Bruno Fernandes has had on the team. His vision and passing ability is the envy of strikers across the country and should he be paired with a forward as mobile and clinical as Werner, the league could be placed on notice.
Given their predicament, battling for the top four, United could most certainly take a striker who is a guarantee of goals, proven at the highest level.
But the one caveat is that Solskjaer is a major fan of Anthony Martial as the No 9 and there is no situation whereby Werner leaves RB Leipzig to warm the bench of an English club.
If the focus is on Jadon Sancho to fill that right-wing spot then Werner may be overlooked. But if Odion Ighalo is not kept on and a No 9 becomes a priority, there are few better suited to this fast-paced team than Werner this summer.
Suitability rating: 4/5
Anthony Martial has the backing of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and it could see Werner overlooked
The 24-year-old is a lethal finisher and would add world class quality to United’s front-line
Getting in to Liverpool’s front three may be one of the toughest challenges in Europe.
Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah are one of, if not the, most fearsome triumvirate and so it would take a special kind of player to usurp one of them for a starting berth.
Werner’s £51million release clause is set to expire in April and with Jurgen Klopp a manager who likes to get his business done early, he may look for a swift agreement before the season concludes.
Even with Liverpool cruising towards the Premier League title, Klopp wants to continue bolstering his side and he is a known admirer of Werner, a player who can adapt and is a world class player to include in rotation of the attack.
Roberto Firmino plays No 9 for Liverpool but Werner could form a rotation system with him
Firmino is the one that is difficult to replace given his unique style but Werner would provide Klopp with a clinical finisher who can push high and stretch the defence to open more space for the midfield.
Whether Werner would accept a situation whereby he would not be the undisputed No 1 remains to be seen. At United he would likely be guaranteed regular minutes but given Liverpool’s success across all competitions, his chance of silverware would be dramatically increased at Anfield.
Suitability rating: 4/5
If this season has told Manchester City anything, it is that this summer is absolutely crucial.
They have put up a weak effort in defending their title and while many of their woes are defensively, a number of players in the side have approached, or are approaching, the end of their cycle.
David Silva is departing, Vincent Kompany has already left and at 31, City will need a world class replacement ready and waiting for whenever Sergio Aguero makes a move back to his native Argentina, something he has previously suggested. He is out of contract in 2021 and is likely to see that out.
Gabriel Jesus is the stand-in now and while he has impressed in fits and starts, Werner is among the most accomplished strikers in Europe and a player that would provide a new focal point to City’s attack.
The issue for City is that with Aguero around, Werner would need to be patient and at 24, entering the prime years of his career, that is likely to prove an issue. City’s priorities are elsewhere right now given their defensive woes and so they may miss the boat on the in-form German.
Suitability rating: 3/5
Werner is in the form of his life and would be unwilling to move to sit on another side’s bench
Sergio Aguero (left) is the main man at City and remains under contract with them until 2021