If Inter want to be classed as long term competitors for the Scudetto, then they must bring in players like Timo Werner. They ought to be favourites for the RB Leipzig forward, ready to trigger his €60m release clause when Liverpool and Juventus won’t. This of course implies he’d be a replacement for Lautaro Martinez, but the Nerazzurri should be making the move regardless of what may happen with the Argentine.
The fact of the matter is this is a ‘no brainer’ for Inter. With the Corriere dello Sport claiming that Mauro Icardi will officially be signed by PSG this weekend for a fee reportedly around €60m, it would be nonsensical for Beppe Marotta and company not to take on a striker of this quality. At 24 years of age, his 30 goals in 39 games for RB Leipzig this season speak for themselves. If Barcelona activate the €111m release clause for Lautaro Martinez, then Inter could be left with only one striker of note, with Romelu Lukaku supported by teenager Sebastiano Esposito.
The worst-case scenario is that Werner replaces the Argentine, but the Nerazzurri should be looking to add quality like this anyway, if they are to be long-term title contenders. This sort of strength in depth is something that Juventus fans can take great pride in, even to the point of being frustrated by too many options.
So, what would Inter get for their money? Werner is first and foremost exceptionally quick and this, coupled with his ability to read the play and his superb runs behind the defence, mean he is more than a handful to play against. Flawlessly timed, his runs exploit gaps in the defence and are one of the biggest reasons that he often ends up heading down towards the ‘keeper at pace. He seems to be able to form relationships with his teammates easily and according to Marcel Sabitzer, is an easy player to read.
This would fit well with Antonio Conte’s system, as a player who makes runs like this (Martinez) has fitted in well with Lukaku, and therefore it’s hoped Werner would also flourish in a partnership. Most of Werner’s career has seen him play with a partner, scoring goals whilst playing in a 4-4-2 and a 3-5-2 or 5-3-2. As for the goals? Well this is obvious, he is a prolific scorer and one look at his statistics proves this. I am not here to bore with talk of xG, but his numbers mean he is a low risk acquisition.
Inter will see a lot of movement when the window opens, especially with the likes of Mauro Icardi, Joao Mario, Ivan Perisic, Radja Nainggolan and more potentially heading for pastures new. Werner is would therefore be easily affordable for the Nerazzurri. With Werner in the ranks, the Nerazzurri would be genuine Scudetto contenders. Now they need to be as quick and as lethal as the striker they covet.
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