RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has made it clear that the club will not be pushed into selling perennial Liverpool transfer target Timo Werner for anything less than his current transfer value.
It comes amid reports that Liverpool are set to abandon their well-documented interest in the German international as they are not willing to pay the asking price of the Bundesliga club.
The Mirror reported this week that Liverpool have pulled the plug on any deal as they are not willing to pay his £50 million release clause, instead suggesting that the Reds will not pay more than £30 million for his signature.
The words from Mintzlaff, who was speaking to SportBild, seem to confirm that fact. He told the German publication that Werner will ‘not get any cheaper’ and it seems this might finally put an end to Liverpool’s clear interest in the German.
“It won’t get any cheaper. We will not sell a player below value if he is under contract for more than a year.
“In general, we always have to ask the following question – can we replace a player if we sell him for less than his market value?
“But, I only think about those things once I have the facts on the table.”
It will not only be a blow to Liverpool, but also Werner, who looked ready to be on his way out of Leipzig this summer for the next step in his career.
Werner himself even spoke of his love for Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp and would have been an excellent addition to the club’s attacking force.
However, it looks increasingly likely that this will remain a deal in theory but never in practice.