According to a report from Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona could enter the race for highly sought-after Reds target Timo Werner this summer if they cannot afford main target Lautaro Martinez due to the impact of a recent pandemic – providing competition for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool as we look to secure our main transfer target.
Werner, who has bagged an impressive 21 goals in 24 Bundesliga starts this season, assisting seven others in that time according to WhoScored, is reportedly on Klopp’s radar as we contemplate triggering his £52 million release clause when the next transfer window opens.
Will Barcelona be a threat in the race for Werner?
The Reds have been heavily linked with a move for the 24-year-old over these past few months, with a recent piece from Sky Sports suggesting Werner would also be open to the switch as he ponders life in the Premier League.
However, as Champions League rivals Barcelona reportedly contemplate joining the race, we could be faced with potential competition – especially since the Catalans’ main striking target Martinez is currently valued at a lofty £100 million according to Sport via the Daily Mail.
Werner, who is almost half that price, would represent a potential bargain – with Liverpool now having to face the prospect of Quique Setién’s side competing for his signature.
As well as this, Mundo Deportivo report that Barcelona are even willing to depart with some star names in exchange for the ‘absolutely rapid‘ Germany international – with the likes of Samuel Umtiti, Ivan Rakitic, Arturo Vidal, Nelson Semedo and Arthur being presented as swap deal plus cash options.
Indeed, judging by this update, we may face stiff competition in landing Werner – but the German’s apparent eagerness for a Merseyside move could be cause for positivity regardless.