Report: Dortmund will not attempt to sign Timo Werner

LEIPZIG, GERMANY - JANUARY 19: Timo Werner of Leipzig is challenged by Thomas Delaney and Julian Weigl of Dortmund during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and Borussia Dortmund at Red Bull Arena on January 19, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Karina Hessland-Wissel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Borussia Dortmund will reportedly not make any attempt to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig as they feel he would fit in well in their squad

The 22-year-old forward is highly-rated in German football and has been strongly linked with a switch to Bayern Munich due to his uncertain future at Leipzig with no new contract being agreed on.

Die Roten Bullen’s chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff has already publicly warned Werner that he will sell him if he continues to refuse in signing an extension to his current contract, which expires in June 2020.

But Kicker reports that Werner will have one less option to count on now in regards to a potential destination in Dortmund.

The Bundesliga leaders are not concerned by the approximate €40-50m that Leipzig will likely demand for Werner this summer.

Instead, BVB just cannot see how Werner will be able to fit into manager Lucien Favre’s 4-2-3-1 system at the club and feel that the Germany international already has his heart set on a move to rivals Bayern.


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The latter was suggested by BVB’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke in an interview earlier this month while discussing potential moves for Borussia Monchengladbach star Thorgan Hazard and Werner.

“I have the impression that at least one of the two players has already made a decision on his future. And it doesn’t involve us,” Watzke told DPA.

Premier League sides Liverpool and Tottenham have also been linked with a move for Werner, who has scored 11 times in 17 Bundesliga games for Leipzig this season.

Since joining from VfB Stuttgart in 2016 for a reported fee of €10m, Werner has since gone on to register 55 goals and 20 assists in 99 appearances for Leipzig across all competitions.

The German will likely start in Leipzig’s trip to Fortuna Duesseldorf on Sunday as they chase their first Bundesliga win of 2019.