Manchester United now have under two weeks to trigger the release clause of Red Bull Leipzig forward Timo Werner.
Sky Sports report that Werner’s release clause of €55m (£49m) runs out on Monday June 15.
It is claimed Werner’s preferred destination is Liverpool to team up with Jurgen Klopp, but the Anfield club are currently unwilling to pay the release clause in his contract.
Werner’s main desire is to play Champions League football, and United and Chelsea, who will both be battling for fourth spot when the Premier League resumes, have previously held talks over his signature.
The 24-year-old prolific German international has scored 25 goals in the Bundesliga this season, and has delivered in the shop window since the league’s return behind closed doors last month.
Werner is one of the deadliest strikers across Europe right now and it would be hugely surprising if an elite club chose not to pay £49m for his services.
But perhaps this is also an indication of the lack of transfer activity that could be done this summer due to the financial hit clubs have taken during the coronavirus pandemic.
Leipzig would surely demand a higher price for their star man if the clause in his contract was not met before its expiry on June 15.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer needs to prioritise bolstering his attacking options this summer and Werner seems like one of the best available players on the market.
He is versatile natural goalscorer and can operate anywhere across a front three, which makes him such an exciting proposition for Solskjaer who wants to add more competition in attacking areas.
It would seem foolish for United not to explore the possibility of signing him at his very reasonable buyout-clause price.
But there will also be an awareness that Liverpool still appear in pole position to sign him given that is where he would like to end up playing his football.
Werner’s future is certainly one to keep an eye on in the coming weeks but don’t be surprised if he does eventually make the move to Anfield this summer.