Red Bull Leipzig forward Timo Werner is said to be “keen” on a move to Liverpool, according to Ian McGarry speaking on Reach PLC’s Transfer Window podcast (via the Daily Star).
The forward is being tipped to stay with Leipzig for the remainder of the season, but if the current circumstance is to be believed then Jurgen Klopp may see an opportunity.
Bayern had previously had a disagreement with Leipzig in terms of how much they value Werner – via Bild, his current club consider him worth around £50million whereas the German champions don’t want to spend more than £20million.
McGarry told Reach PLC’s Transfer Window podcast that Werner would prefer a summer move to Anfield, over fierce rivals Manchester United who are said to also be interested.
“Timo Werner is a target for Manchester United and Liverpool in the January window but it may be the summer before he actually makes the move,” McGarry is quoted as saying by the Express.
“Raphael [Honigstein] told us that it was widely believed the player has a recision clause in his contract but no-one as of yet knows what it is.
“What we can tell you on the transfer window today is that Liverpool have begun the process of formal negotiations with RB Leipzig for the player’s transfer.
“We understand that contact has been made and indeed is ongoing between Liverpool and the German Bundesliga side and that Werner himself is keen for a move to Anfield.”
Klopp has previously plucked Loris Karius, Ragnar Klavan and Naby Keita from the Bundesliga so he clearly keeps an eye on his homeland’s league.
Werner would certainly be an impressive coup for the Champions of Europe, and the forward would be breathing down Bobby Firmino’s neck for a place in the starting XI every week.