RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner has reportedly told Manchester United and Chelsea that he is only interested in joining Liverpool.
That’s according to Kevin Palmer of the Sunday World, who suggests that Werner’s agent is making their message very clear with the striker only wanting a move to Anfield.
The Athletic ran a similar report yesterday — that Werner is prepared to stay Leipzig for another year if he doesn’t get a transfer to Liverpool.
If that’s what he wants, at least he’s not planning on doing a stop-gap move like Angel Di Maria did at United before joining Paris Saint-Germain.
Werner would expect to be starting games every week and a move to Liverpool will come down to that and whether Liverpool can get a deal done with his present club RB Leipzig.
He can play across a front three but is best suited in the centre — so Jurgen Klopp may have to decide between Werner and Roberto Firmino to lead the line next season.
It’s disappointing to lose out on a player, especially when he’s considered one of the best strikers in Germany, but there are alternative options elsewhere. Moussa Dembele at Lyon is a player we’ve written quite a lot about this year and we wouldn’t be surprised if Chelsea made a move for him too.
Time will tell.
Werner reportedly has a release clause of €60m (£54m) in his contract with Leipzig which, if paid, would allow any club to speak directly to the player over a move.
The Athletic’s David Ornstein claims this clause is subject to change — claiming it drops to €40m (£36m) next year and just €25m (£22m) in 2022, but if can only be activated during summer transfer windows.
Liverpool could get themselves a very good deal this summer!
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