Liverpool and Real Madrid join chase for Timo Werner while Barca are favourites for Atakan Akkaynak

The Reds face stiff competition for the Leipzig forward as Barcelona head queue for the Bundesliga sensation

David Cooper
by David Cooper
12th September 2017

article:12th September 2017

The transfer window may not open again until January 1 2018 but that hasn’t put an end to plenty of speculation throughout Europe.

Here, we take a look at three big stories dominating the headlines.


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TIMO WERNER

Real Madrid and Liverpool have joined the race to sign 21-year-old RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, according to Sport 1 (via/TalkSport).

The Germany international has been impressive form for both club and country and is attracting the interest of Europe’s big hitters.

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SPOT360 VERDICT

Expect Werner’s name to be linked with numerous clubs in January because he will be one of the hottest properties around.

He’s just broken into Germany’s senior squad and provides them with something they’ve not had in a long time – pace.

However, Leipzig are tough negotiators as Liverpool have already found out with Naby Keita so any sale will be long drawn out.

ATAKAN AKKAYNAK

Barcelona have jumped to the front of the queue to sign highly-rated Germany youth international Atakan Akkaynak from Bayer Leverkusen.

According to the Daily Express, the 18-year-old has been linked to Chelsea and Roma but Barca have been monitoring his progress for over a year.

RATING: 7/10

SPORT360 VERDICT

Chelsea are apparently big admirers of Akkaynak but Barca are the favourites to sign him.

For the uninitiated, he’s a creative deep-lying playmaker and is considered one of the brightest talents in the Bundesliga.

Atakan Akkaynak playing for Germany U20s

Atakan Akkaynak playing for Germany U20s


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