Liverpool and Real Madrid target Timo Werner says he dreams of move to 'big club'

David Cooper 13/09/2017
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Timo Werner has admitted he wants to join a “big club” amidst reports Real Madrid are interesting in signing the Germany striker, who makes his Champions League debut on Wednesday.

Werner will play the first Champions League match of his career at Leipzig’s Red Bull Arena when RB make their debut in European football’s top club competition against last season’s semi-finalists Monaco.

The 21-year-old forward, who has a contract until 2020, is in a rich vein of form, scoring six goals in his last four games for club and country.

Werner forced his way into the plans of Germany’s head coach Joachim Loew for next year’s World Cup by helping his country win July’s Confederations Cup final in Russia. He has now earned a place in Loew’s first-choice team.

However, he has told magazine Sport Bild that he eventually wants to move on from Leipzig, and Spanish newspapers Marca and AS have already reported Real’s interest in the striker.

“Until now, everything has gone well with Leipzig, therefore I don’t think about what could happen in one, two or three years, but of course I what to play for a big club at some point,” he said.

Werner scored 21 goals in 31 league games last season to help Leipzig finish second in Germany’s top flight to Bayern Munich.

“FC Bayern are also a big club, but that’s not a topic I will busy myself with,” he said.

“In Spain, in Barca, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid three clubs tops,” added Werner, who puts English Premier League clubs “Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City” in the same bracket.

RB Leipzig’s head of football Oliver Mintzlaff says he hopes Werner can take the “next step” in his career with the east German club.

The striker does not rule out staying, providing Leipzig keep challenging for titles.

“Perhaps, RB will also become a big club, I am quite sure of that,” said Werner.

However he was vague about possible extension negotiations.

“If I don’t extend, that doesn’t mean I’ll leave next summer, but on the other hand, it doesn’t often mean that one stays if you have a five-year contract,” he added.

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Arsenal bound? Karim Benzema

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.

Do you think any of these deals will get over the line in January?

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KARIM BENZEMA

Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has started planning a serious attacking overhaul at the Bernabeu.

According to the Daily Star, Perez is willing to sell Benzema and Gareth Bale to finance a move for Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann and Paulo Dybala.

If Benzema is to leave, Arsenal will emerge as front runners to secure the Frenchman’s signature.

RATING: 5/10

SPORT360 VERDICT

Benzema had an average season in 2016-17 by his standards and as his 30s approach this is arguably Real’s best time to sell up. Plenty of parties will be interested in taking the Frenchman with the Gunners said to be chief among them but it will all come down to the money.

However, Benzema has repeatedly proven his value to Madrid and manager Zinedine Zidane has faith in him, so a move away from the Spanish capital is not as simple as it sounds.

Karim Benzema

Karim Benzema

MESUT OZIL

Ozil is set to leave Arsenal next summer and will not sign a new contract, according to the Sun.

The 28-year-old has not spoken with club officials about a new contract since negotiations broke down back in February.

Since Wenger signed a new deal back in May, the club have not pushed for Ozil to commit his future at the Emirates Stadium, which puts his future on high alert.

RATING: 6/10

SPORT360 VERDICT

With Barcelona and Bayern Munich taking a close interest in Ozil’s negotiations, it remains to be seen what the next step is for the German international if he leaves North London.

His body language and form has dipped in recent weeks and this hasn’t helped his teammates – as it comes at a time when they need his leadership the most.

Mesut Ozil

Mesut Ozil

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