Liverpool do not intend to make a move for Timo Werner before his release clause expires, according to reports.
Sky Sports say that Liverpool will not make their move for Werner before June 15th, when his release clause expires. That clause is £52m but it’s seemingly up to Jurgen Klopp whether or not the Reds meet it.
As it stands, they don’t intend to, apparently. You’d imagine that’s because of the current economic uncertainty – £52m is a lot of money to spend when no one really knows what’s happening.
Sky don’t give a reason for the lack of intention. They do say, however, that Klopp needs to decide and that Werner is very open to the move.
They’re not the only ones saying that latter, either. Bleacher Report’s Dean Jones said earlier in the week that the move ‘will happen’. Although, if that is the case and Liverpool aren’t going to pay the release clause, there must be more at play.
What RTK has to say
It’s difficult to see how Liverpool could sign Werner without that clause. Unless there’s an agreement to extend the clause, RB Leipzig would surely drive the price up without it?
And seeing as Werner is young and prolific already, they could conceivably drive that price high. It’s also possible that they’d opt not to sell at all, in fact, as the economic climate could see values fall.
So it seems strange that Liverpool wouldn’t pay the clause. Without it, Werner likely becomes a lot more expensive and difficult to sign.