Liverpool are increasingly being linked with a transfer move for Timo Werner. It certainly seems the 29-cap German international is fast becoming Liverpool’s main transfer target for the summer.
After scoring the winning goal against Tottenham in the Champions League this week Werner was even quizzed about the interest by Viasport Football. The 23-year-old admitted feeling ‘very proud’ at being linked to the Reds.
“I know that Liverpool is the best team at the moment in the world.
“When you’re linked with that team it makes me very proud. It’s a pleasure but I know that Liverpool have a lot of good players and I have to improve myself, to learn much more things to get on this level to play there.”
The RB Leipzig striker is also believed to have a release clause in his current contract which can be activated in April. Several publications are reporting differing fees. Bild, however, recently placed the release clause in the €60 million (£50m) region.
That already seems a fair price for a player with 26 goals in 32 games this season.
But a new report from German publication SPORT1 has suggested the release clause is even lower. They suggest the clause is actually in the figure of €30 million (£25m). Additional performance-related add-ons later take the price-tag higher.
If this report is accurate, it means Werner’s acquisition would initially be cheaper than Liverpool’s 2011 Andy Carroll transfer.
Werner already looked a great buy to add depth to Liverpool’s three-pronged attack in 2020-21. Attacking reinforcements are needed with Mane and Salah likely to miss a month of next season due to the African Cup of Nations next year.
At a reported initial £25 million, in the current transfer market, Werner would be an absolute bargain buy for Jurgen Klopp’s side.