Liverpool have reportedly withdrawn from talks to sign Timo Werner with the club unwilling to match the forward’s asking price amid the current financial climate.
Jurgen Klopp has held a long-standing interest in the RB Leipzig star and had made the signing of the Germany international a priority this summer, Werner having scored 30 goals in all competitions so far this season in a hugely impressive campaign for the Bundesliga side.
The 24-year-old has openly discussed Liverpool‘s reported interest in his services and is believed to be keen to secure a move to Merseyside this summer, Werner prepared to ignore reported interest from the likes of Barcelona and Inter Milan to sign for the Premier League leaders.
According to the Mirror, Werner’s hopes of a summer move to Anfield are all but over following the Reds’ decision to ‘withdraw’ from negotiations, Klopp unwilling to match the star’s £52.7m release clause given the financial uncertainty amid the coronavirus pandemic.
Liverpool are reportedly unprepared to go higher than £30m to sign the player, with the deal all but over unless a compromise can be found between two clubs who share a strong working relationship.
Werner has two years remaining on his current contract and his release clause is set to drop further – to around £35m – next season, the forward now facing a decision on whether to hold out for a move to Liverpool or consider alternative options.