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Man City can embarrass Liverpool in the transfer market but must act fast

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It's not uncommon for a club that has just lost their league title to embark on a spending spree in order to win back that title the following season.

Manchester City have technically not lost their Premier League crown yet, but it is only a matter of time before Liverpool deservedly lift the trophy when the season resumes. You would expect planning for the bid to win it back has already begun.

City's ambitions mean they will be aware of every world-class talent available this summer, with one of the most sought-after players being RB Leipzig's Timo Werner.

Werner, 24, has 31 goals and 12 assists in just 40 appearances this season, including four goals in four games since the Bundesliga restart. It's no surprise that Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United have all been strongly linked with his signature.

And according to Sky Sports, that signature could cost £49m for the next 12 days until his release clause of that amount expires.

City have not been heavily linked with Werner - and there are plenty of valid reasons why - but perhaps there might be an opening to sign a genuinely world-class striker for a fee that is not extortionate, all while dealing a massive blow to Liverpool.

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Jurgen Klopp's men appear in pole position to sign Werner, and he would fit in well at Anfield to rival Roberto Firmino up front. But the Sky report suggests they are reluctant to pay as much as £49m given the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Likewise, with United and Chelsea, there is a ready-made place in the starting XI of both sides for Werner to occupy.

For City, Werner would have more competition for Pep Guardiola's sole striker, with Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus both capable of being the leading forward in the side and both demanding regular minutes. However, Aguero's contract at City expires next summer, with no guarantee he will extend his stay at the Etihad.

When Aguero leaves, City would need to sign another quality striker anyway, regardless of whether Jesus steps up his responsibilities. Perhaps Werner could be that player to come in and be Aguero's long-term replacement?

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As well as guaranteeing a top talent, signing Werner would represent a huge blow to Liverpool if they were beaten to their reported first-choice signing to lead their title defence. He would also provide extra Champions League experience to City as they bid to win the trophies that would back up their belief that they are one of Europe's best sides.

The Champions League does present one problem, however, as City are unlikely to know whether they are in next season's competition before Werner's release clause expires. The report says Werner wants regular football at a Champions League club, and City can't guarantee either for the time being.

Werner has spoken publicly about his fondness for Liverpool, with a move to Anfield appearing the more likely option. But he is unlikely to be available for cheaper than his £49m release clause, so the next two weeks may be the best time to make a move.

City could do worse than considering a late move to snatch Werner from Liverpool's waiting hands.


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