According to respected journalist Simon Hughes, negotiations between Liverpool and RB Leipzig have stalled regarding the transfer of hot-shot Timo Werner.
Werner has made his feelings towards Liverpool clear after publically praising the Reds which would suggest that his interest regarding a move to Anfield has been made public.
The opportunity to link up with his countryman and FIFA Coach of the Year Jurgen Klopp could also play a significant factor in a potential transfer.
With a fee deemed in the region of £50m being mooted due to his release clause, he seems like a relative bargain in the modern market.
However, Hughes has claimed that negotiations between Liverpool and Werner may have stalled.
Hughes told The Athletic (44:30), as quoted by Football Fan Cast: “I just think everything has changed. At the end of February, I think people were expecting that Liverpool would ramp up not just their interest, but they’d formulise their interest in Timo Werner around this time.
“I’ve got to be honest, a lot of people have gone quiet on that. I have been keeping on top of this story, but it just seems like everything that’s happened has slowed things down.
“At this stage, the discussions remain at the informal stage.”
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The update from Hughes is hardly a surprise following the recent health concerns and spread of Covid-19 that has brought football temporarily to a stand-still.
These are unprecedented times of confusion and uncertainty with no one as of yet quite sure of how the remainder of the season is going to pan out.
The Telegraph recent reported that that the summer transfer window could be extended right through to January 2021.
This would give the Reds plenty of opportunity to get in the players we need.
With relation to Werner, there shouldn’t be much surprise to see that negotiations have stalled and that little progress has been made because we are in a situation that has is unparalleled to anything we have seen this century.
Hopefully when everything clears and football is allowed to eventually resume, then the Reds will be able to strike a deal for a player who is currently primed as Liverpool and Klopp’s No.1 target.