Liverpool are being tipped to land RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner if he refuses to renew his contract, with the Bundesliga outfit keen to avoid losing him for free.
With Roberto Firmino now playing as a number 10 for Liverpool and providing the spark in midfield, the need for a world class playmaker is not as stark.
A £53million deal for Nabil Fekir had been agreed in the summer but the Reds pulled the plug on the transfer over concerns the Frenchman might suffer a reoccurrence of the cruciate ligament injury that sidelined him in 2016, causing him to miss 39 games.
Reports from Germany claim that Werner could leave for £36million in January if RB Leipzig are unable to convince him to sign a contract extension. They would prefer to let him leave for a fee in January instead of for free in the summer.
Bayern Munich have kept a careful eye on Werner for the last couple seasons but if it came down to it, RB Leipzig would rather sell to a team outside of Germany than to a direct rival, which would come as a boost for Liverpool.
That said, he has admitted a love for United in the past. Werner said: “Manchester United and Liverpool were the teams I watched quite a lot in England. They were the two that I’m a little bit a fan of, because they have so much history.
“In Liverpool, it’s also their stadium and the atmosphere. But when I have to decide, I’m more Manchester United than Liverpool. I’m now at a point where at some stage in the future I’d like to play in a team that wins titles.”