RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is one of Europe’s hottest strikers. Subsequently, the 21-year-old has attracted much interest from all sides of world football. A report suggests that RB Leipzig value the German at £50million, a fee that has attracted the interest of many, including Arsenal.
Timo Werner has scored 16 goals in 29 appearances this season, improving on his impressive 21 from last season. In the Premier League alone, the German has already been linked with Chelsea, Manchester United and Liverpool, but days ago The Sun reported that Arsenal have joined the race for his signature. Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are also said to be monitoring the German’s future.
It’s believed that the Gunners sent scouts to watch Werner last Thursday, in Leipzig’s first leg with Napoli. A game in which RB Leipzig ran out 3-1 winners. Reports also suggest that Kalidou Koulibaly ( valued at £36m by transfer markt) and Lorenzo Insigne (valued at 60,00 by transfer markt) were being watched by Arsenal scouts. Both of these signings would make more sense for the Gunners than the purchase of the £50million Timo Werner. Arsenal just bought Pierre Emerick-Aubameyang for £56million, why would they need another star striker?
It was CalcioMercato that broke the news of the Arsenal scouts monitoring the Napoli duo. Kalidou Koulibaly has been a long-term target of Arsene Wenger for years and with Arsenal’s defence at its lowest point, this would be the perfect time to sign the Senegalese. Koulibaly is tall, strong and powerful that would bring much-needed resilience to Arsenal’s back line.
Arsene Wenger has been very vocal about his need to buy a new defender. Speaking to BT Sport he said the following:
“Yes, because our defensive numbers are not good enough and that’s where needed some possible strengthening as well.”
Lorenzo Insigne has also been a long-term target of Arsenal, with the Gunners making several attempts to sign him in the past. Now that the Gunners are willing to spend the appropriate cash, this transfer is more likely than ever to happen.
The only stumbling block to this deal would come in the form of the Gunners having to pay out the rest of Insigne’s contract, the Italian signed a new deal last year that will keep him at the club till 2022. This may have been a sign of commitment on the Italian’s behalf too.
Lorenzo Insigne is a tricky wide forward that can play as an inside forward, winger and attacking midfielder. His outstanding technical attributes would fit in well at the Emirates, allowing him to link up with the Wengerball residents. He would slot in perfectly at LW, firmly displacing Alex Iwobi out of the team.
Arsenal must make both Kalidou Koulibaly and Lorenzo Insigne priority signings this summer, if they do, they will have a complete starting XI.