Manchester United Eyes Timo Werner as Potential January Signing Amidst INEOS Takeover
Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s imminent £1.3 billion deal to secure a 25 percent stake in Manchester United through his company, INEOS, could pave the way for an unexpected January move.
The Red Devils are reportedly considering a £45 million bid for Timo Werner, who struggled during his stint at Chelsea and recently returned to RB Leipzig.
Werner, 27, faced challenges in the Premier League, scoring only 10 goals in two seasons before his return to RB Leipzig in August 2022.
Despite his previous difficulties, Manchester United is exploring the prospect of bringing him back to England in the upcoming January transfer window.
If the move materializes, Werner could become Sir Jim Ratcliffe’s inaugural signing, marking a significant shift in the club’s football operations.
The potential acquisition of Werner, considered a questionable choice by some, aligns with INEOS’s plans to enhance Manchester United’s recruitment strategy both on and off the pitch.
The British tycoon’s influence could lead to strategic changes in the club’s approach to player acquisitions.
Werner’s tenure at Chelsea, following his transfer in 2020, did not meet expectations, leading to his return to RB Leipzig.
Despite currently struggling to reclaim his form and facing limited playing time, Manchester United has reportedly expressed interest in the German striker.
While Werner’s preference is to remain at Leipzig until the summer, dissatisfaction with his reduced role under manager Marc Rose may influence his decision.
United, seeking additional attacking options to support Rasmus Hojlund, could utilize Werner’s versatility as a wide forward or part of a striking duo, providing manager Erik ten Hag with tactical flexibility.
The potential January move raises questions about the nature of the deal—whether a permanent transfer or a loan arrangement. United has a history of making noteworthy January signings, often opting for loan agreements.
The addition of Werner to the squad would further add intrigue to the ongoing developments at Old Trafford amidst the impending INEOS takeover.