Liverpool do want to sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig but not at the current asking price, according to reports. Liverpool will apparently push their luck with this one.
BILD claims that Liverpool don’t want to pay £48m for Werner. That’s his current asking price but only because it’s the release clause in his contract.
And despite having that clause there, the Reds believe they can talk RB Leipzig down. It’s something you wouldn’t imagine they’d usually try, given that around £50m for Werner is a great price.
What RTK has to say
It’s hard to tell whether this is a risky strategy or not. On the one hand, trying to save money in the current climate is sensible and definitely not a risk.
In fact, you can easily argue that spending £50m on a player when there’s so much uncertainty around everything is by far the bigger risk.
But then, if Liverpool really want Werner, then this is a massive risk. RB Leipzig have little reason to budge on the price. It’s only available because of a clause in his contract, not because they value Werner at just £48m.
They stand to make more money in a year, potentially, if they can hold onto the player and the clause disappears. The only real hope for Liverpool, then, is that Leipzig decide they desperately need the money and won’t get it from anywhere else.
Anything short of that situation and Liverpool will almost certainly need to pay up.