Liverpool have reportedly pulled the plug on a prospective deal for Timo Werner due to differences over the player’s transfer fee, according to The Mirror.
The Anfield side has been heavily linked with the RB Leipzig striker, who has been in superb form this season, netting 30 goals and registering 12 assists.
Since joining Leipzig from Stuttgart in the summer of 2016, Werner has claimed an impressive 91 goals and 39 assists from 153 competitive appearances, as well as winning 29 Germany caps with 11 goals scored in the process (Transfermarkt).
The 24-year-old has previously described Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp as “the best coach in the world”, was flattered by reported interest in him from the Premier League leaders, and believes the Reds’ style of play would suit him (Viasport).
However, in these uncertain and financially difficult times for the football industry, Liverpool are seemingly not prepared to go above £30million for Werner, while Leipzig will not negotiate a price tag below his £50million contract release, The Mirror has claimed.
As a result, the outlet goes on to say that the Reds – who are reportedly facing at least a £100million shortfall in income over the next 12 months – have withdrawn completely from any talks over the striker, and will not pursue his signature.
Werner has made no secret of his admiration for Liverpool and Klopp, so it’s little surprise that he remains heavily linked with a move to Anfield.
The £53,000-a-week ace‘s track record speaks for itself, and he would certainly be an asset for the Reds, making their world-class attacking ranks even more fearsome.
Plenty of plaudits have gone Werner’s way, with teammate Tyler Adams telling ESPN: “People are often focused not just on his goalscoring ability but how fast he is, he’s absolutely rapid. That’s not one of the qualities that sticks out the most.
“The quality that sticks out the most is how many ways he’s able to score. He can score from the left, the right, centrally, we played him as a number ten and he was running out of the midfield and scoring goals. There’s just so many roles you can fit him in, that’s what makes him such a unique piece.”
The harsh reality, however, is that the football industry is likely to suffer a massive financial blow in wake of the global health crisis, and clubs have to plan accordingly and make sacrifices.