Liverpool faces an uphill battle to sign one of their primary targets with competition from some of Europe’s elite clubs getting more intense by the day.
The Reds manager has wanted to sign RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner for some time now, however, there is a long list of clubs that also want to sign the 22-year-old, including Barcelona, Real Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain.
Also, Leipzig have not given up hope of persuading the German international to extend his contract, which has just 18 months to run, and have offered him a huge contract worth £5.2million-per-year.
If Werner does stay with Leipzig, it will also mean that there will be a massive release clause inserted into his contract, reportedly a cool £60 Million.
Werner is one of the most sought after footballers at the moment
That said, the club’s CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has made it clear to Werner that if he does not sign a new contract soon that he will be sold in the summer telling reporters,
“Of course we have to know at the latest after the end of the season,” Mintzlaff said.
“A club like us cannot afford to go with Timo Werner in a final contract year.
“It’s logical that such a player should be courted by clubs that have a very different sporting perspective and different financial possibilities than we have.
“But as long as we develop as a club, and of course the Champions League participation would be very helpful, I believe that Werner is still in good hands with us.
“If Timo does not strive for the highest possible salary, then it would be a good investment in his sporting future.”
It is still thought that Liverpool would be favourites if Werner does become available in the summer, mainly because of manager Jurgen Klopp, however, money tends to be the biggest factor these days in football and the last thing the Reds will want is to get involved in a ridiculous auction for the player’s services.