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Real Madrid tracking Timo Werner for 2018-19

According to reports in Spain, the Bernabéu sent scouts to watch the RB Leipzig forward in action for Germany against Norway.

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RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner is the man of the moment in Germany. The 21-year-old has hit four goals for his club already this season and scored twice for Germany against Norway in the last round of international fixtures, taking his tally for his country to six in just eight games.

According to Spanish television channel La Sexta, Real Madrid sent scouts to watch Werner in that match, with Germany coach Joachim Löw saying after Werner’s double in a man of the match performance: “He is a missile.”

Zidane short of strikers

Werner banged in 21 goals for Leipzig last season as his side launched an unlikely, if ultimately unsuccessful, Bundesliga challenge ending in qualification for the Champions League. The fact that Werner will represent Leipzig in Europe has put Madrid off making a play for the striker in January and the Bernabéu board will launch a bid for him next summer.

With the departures of Álvaro Morata and Mariano during the last window, Zinedine Zidane is short of strikers and will be without Karim Benzema for at least a month after his first choice number nine suffered a knee injury last weekend in the draw against Levante, leaving only Borja Mayoral as a recognised striker in the squad.

Werner to start for Germany in Russia

Real may decide to make their move before the World Cup in Russia, where Werner is expected to lead the line for Germany. A series of good performances for one of the pre-tournament favourites will only increase his price further and Real would probably have to part with upwards of 100 million euros as things stand in today’s market.