Liverpool will try to negotiate a fee between £36m and £53m for Timo Werner, according to reports. They’re not the only ones with that plan, however.
The Telegraph makes the claim. They say that Werner’s current £53m release clause expires on June 15th and Liverpool will wait for it to expire.
That’s because Werner has a £36m release clause next summer. Not that they’re planning on simply waiting a year. Instead, they hope to tempt RB Leipzig into a deal between the two clauses.
That way, Liverpool can guarantee Leipzig more money than in a year but don’t have to spend over £50m in the current economic climate.
However, Chelsea have the same plan. The Blues are apparently waiting to see if Liverpool ‘drag their feet’ for too long. If they do and it becomes clear that the Reds are leaning towards not paying for Werner, then Chelsea will make a move.
What RTK has to say
This plan will come down to one thing – how much RB Leipzig value a season with Werner. If they value that at around £10m, and they may well do, then Liverpool are still looking at £46m for Werner.
That’s a drop of £7m but likely not the drop they’re hoping for. That said, it’s virtually impossible to predict how the Germans see things right now.
The economy is very uncertain right now, football included. RB Leipzig could, therefore, want the stability of Werner for another season and value that continuity very highly.
Alternatively, they could really want a considerable chunk of cash to make things easier financially.
What’s certain, though, is that Liverpool don’t want to spend money they don’t have to. This is the right plan in that regard and hopefully ends with a lower fee for Werner.