RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche has provided an update regarding the future of Germany international Timo Werner.
The Bundesliga head-hunter has suggested that due to recent health concerns and the occurring global pandemic, that issues regarding the spread of Covid-19 could have a significant impact on the future of the European hot-shot.
Werner, 24, has been heavily touted with a move to Anfield by numerous media outlets following another stellar season in the German top-flight which has seen the striker clock up 36 appearances under Julian Nagelsmann – scoring an astonishing 27 goals while providing 12 assists.
Liverpool are understood to be leading the hunt for the former Stuttgart forward although the Reds will face competition from Manchester United and Chelsea.
The Reds were set to accelerate their approach for Werner before the footballing postponement and since negotiations have stalled and progress has been limited.
With the outbreak of Covid-19 bringing European football to an abrupt standstill, Krosche hinted that Werner’s future remains up in the air.
“It is clear that Timo has attracted interest from other clubs for his great performances with his goals and assists,” he told Sport1.
“England has the same problems as we do. The crisis affects not just one league, it has a global impact, and we cannot say whether things will be the same in six months.
“Everything is possible. We do not know how the transfer market is developing. We are looking into a very foggy glass ball. We do not know what our resources are and what the other clubs have in terms of opportunities.”
What RTK has to say
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 – his current Leipzig contract is due to expire in 2023.
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.
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.