According to an update from Sky Sports, long-time Liverpool transfer target Timo Werner has still marked Anfield as his ‘first choice destination‘ but it’s unclear whether we will pay his £49 million release clause – with recent events impacting the club’s finances.
Werner has had an impressive campaign for RB Leipzig over 2019/2020, scoring 25 goals and assisting seven others in 28 Bundesliga starts, and he is currently on our radar as manager Jurgen Klopp and co pursue forward options for next season.
Should Liverpool delay bidding for Werner?
Yes, could land him at a cheaper price
No, pay the release clause
The Germany international, who is said to prefer a move to Merseyside above all alternatives, is currently at the centre of interest from Premier League rivals Man United and Chelsea as well as the Reds – but the English trio have just 11 days to pay his release clause if they want to sign him for less than £50m.
Indeed, Chelsea and United have also apparently ‘held talks’ with the striker but Liverpool appear to be his ‘first choice destination‘ – with Klopp allegedly having ‘scheduled meetings‘ in the past to sign him whilst also hosting video conversations.
As per this report, Leipzig were tempted to perhaps let him go for less than his current release clause, but after Paris-Saint Germain signed Mauro Icardi in a £51 million deal, the club now see that transfer as the benchmark.
Describing Klopp as ‘the best manager in the world’, it’s debatably clear he would be open to an Anfield move, but now it seems the ball is firmly in Liverpool’s court as the club contemplate sticking or twisting on his reported fee.