A report in Germany names Liverpool in a proposed get-out clause for Timo Werner.
BILD claim that RB Leipzig hope to tempt Werner into agreeing a new contract. Convincing him isn’t easy, however, and it will apparently take more than simply doubling his wages.
Leipzig may have to concede selling the player to do so, agreeing to a list of ten clubs who can activate a £61million buyout clause.
BILD say that Liverpool could active the clause but how likely is it that we’ll see Werner on Merseyside?
Who is Timo Werner?
Werner is now Germany’s foremost striker after scoring 45 goals in two-and-a-half years with Leipzig.
Naturally, that makes him one of the most sought-after talents in the Bundesliga, with both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund linked.
His contract ends in 2020 and BILD previously reported that Werner could move for £40million as a result.
It’s clear that Leipzig want to avoid that now.
Do Liverpool need Timo Werner?
There’s no desperate need right now but he’s be an ideal signing this summer.
Daniel Sturridge’s contract is up in the summer and Divock Origi looks unlikely to stay either. Liverpool will likely be in the market for a forward then, and Werner seems like an ideal fit.
The German is able to play as a striker but can also play wide on the left. That feels key, given Jurgen Klopp’s preference for versatility up top.
Every one of his attacking options are capable of playing different positions and Werner would fit that nicely.
He’s also known for his pace – another key attribute of Klopp’s attack.
All in all, Werner really is what Liverpool are looking for.
How likely is it?
BILD certainly isn’t the worst source in the world and Liverpool have been consistently linked.
Werner also looks like the perfect fit for Liverpool – it’s difficult to know who else they’d turn to. The Reds have a history of getting the man they want and Werner fits the bill.
As for the clause and Liverpool, it does make sense for Leipzig to use the contract to get more money for Werner.
This one does make a lot of sense all-round.