Timo Werner leaves door open for Chelsea transfer as ‘Liverpool walk away from table’

Timo Werner has made it clear that he wants to leave the Bundesliga this summer as the RB Leipzig frontman ruled out a move to Bayern Munich. The 24-year-old has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool in the past few months and is keen to work under compatriot Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.

The Reds are thought to be considering his £52million release clause, which expires on June 15th.

At every opportunity possible, Werner has made it clear that a move to Merseyside tickles his fancy.

Speaking last night to Bild, Werner again laid on record his desire to test himself in a different country, hinting that the Premier League is his preferred destination.

“Bayern are a great club, we don’t need to talk about it, and Hansi Flick has proven this season he is a really good head coach,” Werner said.

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“But if a move were to become an issue at some point, I would be more tempted by a move abroad than a move to Bayern.

“It’s just that the challenge of another league would appeal to me a little more than a move within the Bundesliga.

“Of course, it also important that mutual respect is there as much as possible.

“That’s why I chose RB Leipzig at the time, and why I would choose the club for [the] next step as one where I would get that feeling.”

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Both Liverpool and Chelsea are interested in Werner, while Inter Milan and Juventus are also in the race.

Yet according to the Daily Mirror, Liverpool’s stance on Werner has now changed.

The club have decided that they will not be pursuing the deal with the board expecting very little transfer activity in the wake of the coronavirus.

Michael Edwards would then be running the risk that with a few new additions, Manchester City could catch the Reds next season as they look to make amends for this season’s shortcomings.

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It’s a report that was backed up by Sky Sports man Vinny O’Connor last week, when he claimed Liverpool will not be making any signings.

He said: “Do I expect Liverpool to spend this summer?

“At the moment, I’m not expecting much transfer activity.

“Certainly in terms of incomings once again.

“I was actually told that Liverpool won’t be signing anyone in the next window.

“If you would have asked me in January, I would have been pretty confident of one or two signings coming in to immediately bolster that first team squad.

“Since then things have obviously changed.

“There’s a different financial climate due to the impact of the coronavirus and that has naturally impacted on potential dealings in the transfer market as well.”

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