When it comes to transfers this summer, Liverpool’s reported pursuit of Timo Werner is likely to be a saga that encapsulates us all until the very wire.
The Independent reported last month that Werner was one of the Reds’ top transfer priorities with a £50 million fee touted.
Werner even made his feelings towards Liverpool publically known having labelled them the ‘best team in the world’ as well as commenting on the prospect of linking up with countryman Jurgen Klopp.
However, the landscape has now changed immeasurably and we believe that a move for Werner will be one of the most tantalisingly dragged out transfer sagas of our time.
Football has all of a sudden been brought to an abrupt standstill and the national impact on businesses following the recent health concern has been astronomical during these unprecedented times.
Liverpool will have hoped to have begun negotiations already to strike a deal early but the worldwide postponement of sport has seen talks between the club brought to an abrupt halt.
Werner’s potential arrival has been deemed by journalist Jan Aage Fjortoft as potentially the ‘signing of the summer’.
Timo Werner to Liverpool!!!!!
I can see it happens. Reports in Germany today also support that.
Werner will love to play for Klopp.
This could be best signing of the summer. He scored his 20th goal this weekend. One of the two he scored was a world class volley!!!
— Jan Aage Fjortoft 🏳️🌈 🇳🇴 (@JanAageFjortoft) January 20, 2020
Werner is a player that Liverpool deem both plausible in terms of improving the current crop of players whilst simultaneously being valued at a modest fee which ticks two of the club’s most fundamental transfer policies.
In the event, that talks do eventually materialise again, it is going to take some time before Liverpool can finally strike a move for a player that is arguably the club’s number one transfer priority.
Leipzig’s status still unclear
One of the big uncertainties regarding the Werner saga is just how Leipzig’s final months of the season can influence the German international’s decision to either stay or leave.
At present they are still firmly in the hunt for the Bundesliga title with Julian Nagelsmann’s team trailing serial winners Bayern Munich by just five points in third.
Also, the German giants recently progressed to the last-eight of the Champions League following their emphatic 4-0 aggregate victory against Tottenham Hotspur earlier this month.
If the season is voided, it would be a disaster for a team who has been one of the most impressive outfits across the continent this season.
In the event that a decision is made that denies Werner is chance at Champions League immortality, Leipzig could appeal. This could delay everything, and while Werner may want to move on, it is unclear whether Leipzig would sanction a move if their season is robbed of them.
Bargaining a hard price
This is where things begin to get really interesting regarding Werner’s proposed Anfield move. If Leipzig are deprived at a late shot of glory, their financial situation will be dire.
Liverpool, thanks to sporting director Michael Edwards, have become shrewd negotiators and have become the masters of striking deals at a price that benefits the Reds more than the other party involved.
With Leipzig in a position of weakness when it comes to Werner’s contract situation, expect Liverpool to try and take advantage when the time is right and snatch the German on a fee that could in a few years seem like small change.
While other clubs could still get involved, Liverpool remain the favourites to sign Werner still. Strap yourselves in Kopites, this is going to be an interesting few months of developments.