Manchester United blow as 22-year-old target rules out Old Trafford move: report

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Manchester United have been dealt bad news in their pursuit of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, with the 22-year-old committing his future to the Red Bull Arena, the Bundesliga club have confirmed.

Werner, who joined from Stuttgart in 2016, has previously talked up a move to Manchester United, admitting it would be a dream to play for the Red Devils. The £84.8m centre-forward has been in fantastic form in the last 18 months, scoring 31 goals in 55 Bundesliga games, which has led to increased interest in his signature.

United, Liverpool and Arsenal are the Premier League sides reportedly keen on the German who has seven goals in 10 international outings, but Werner has ended all speculation about his future by reaffirming his desire to stay at Leipzig next season.

The Real Madrid and Bayern Munich target said: “Next year, definitely, I will stay in Leipzig.” It’s good news for Leipzig but bad news for a number of clubs in Europe, particularly United given how prolific he’s been early into his career.

Jose Mourinho has Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Marcus Rashford and Anthony Martial to provide the goals for now, but he may be keeping on eye to see if Werner’s situation changes next season. The 22-year-old is contracted until 2022, however.

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