Manchester United eye RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner – but Liverpool could renew their interest
The Reds sold Romelu Lukaku to Inter in the summer but opted against signing a direct replacement for the Belgium international.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is keen to add more firepower to his forward line, however, with Juventus centre-forward Mario Mandzukic among those who have been linked to Old Trafford in recent weeks.
Mandzukic is rumoured to be a January target but the 33-year-old would only be a short-term solution up top.
United are also on the lookout for a striker who could be successful over a number of seasons in Manchester, and the Daily Express report that Werner is on Solskjaer’s shopping list.
The Germany international signed a new deal at RB Leipzig in August, contracting him to the club until 2023.
Werner was previously due to be a free agent at the end of the season, but reports in Kicker claimed that he only penned fresh terms because his new contract includes a £25.9m release clause.
That would represent excellent value for a player who has impressed in the Bundesliga in recent years, scoring 56 goals in 101 top-flight games since the start of the 2016/17 campaign.
He has also proven his worth at international level, finding the net 10 times in 25 outings for the senior German side.
Liverpool have also been mentioned as a potential destination for the 23-year-old in the past, and Jurgen Klopp could renew his interest now that Werner is available for such a relatively low fee.
United will hope to steal a march on their rivals as Solskjaer seeks more attacking options, but much could depend on whether or not the Reds can offer Werner Champions League football next term.