Timo Werner is reportedly ready to complete a move to Anfield but Liverpool have now decided they will wait to sign him. The German international is hot property but already seems set on a summer switch to Merseyside ahead of the return of the Bundesliga.
The RB Leipzig frontman has a release clause around the £52million mark, meaning he would be free to depart should another club put the cash on the table.
Werner is committed to completing the season with Leipzig and was set to make a final decision on his future after the European Championships.
But with the tournament now held back for another year, Werner has already considered his options.
According to Sky Sports, the 23-year-old has decided that he is ready to move to Liverpool.
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That will come as little surprise given his public flirtation with the prospect of working Klopp at Anfield.
He has talked up a move at every opportunity while remaining respectful to Leipzig.
“There’s one of the best managers in the world with Jurgen Klopp, and he is also German,” Werner said after a 5-0 win over Schalke.
“Many things suggest that I would maybe fit in (at Liverpool) very well with my playing style.
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“But I don’t think about that at the moment because we have so much to do with Leipzig.”
The report claims that Liverpool will not be willing to trigger his release clause before the June 15 deadline.
The Anfield hierarchy have already put all transfer business on hold while they combat the coronavirus crisis.
There is a feeling amongst clubs that the market will be badly affected by lack of football with values set to plummet.
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It may mean Liverpool will have to negotiate with Leipzig further down the line and it could give the Bundesliga club more ammunition to play hardball.
The German outfit do not want to lose their star man Werner, who is central to Julian Nagelsmann’s plans to challenge both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.
RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche believes the club stand in good stead when it comes to keeping Werner and he predicts the market may struggle to operate when normality resumes.
“It is clear that Timo has attracted interest from other clubs for his great performances with his goals and assists,” Krosche 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.”
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