Timo Werner is said to be ‘waiting’ to see if Liverpool make a move, despite him already receiving ‘proposals’ from both Manchester United and Barcelona.
The Germany international is attracting interest from some of the continent’s leading clubs following another outstanding season for RB Leipzig, the forward having scored 27 goals in all competitions this season – including the winner as the Bundesliga side beat Tottenham 1-0 in the first leg of their Champions League last-16 meeting last week.
Jurgen Klopp is believed to be a long term admirer of the 23-year-old and is considering a summer move as he bids to bolster his attacking options, though the club are yet to make their move for a player who has a release clause of £51m inserted into his contract.
On two occasions last week, Werner openly discussed a potential move to the Premier League, describing the European Champions as ‘the best team in the world’ while speaking of his pride at being linked with a summer switch to Merseyside.
Liverpool remains the forward’s preferred destination, though the terms of his release clause mean a deal must be negotiated by April in order to give Leipzig maximum time to source an adequate replacement.
The position of Klopp’s side as runaway league leaders and European champions mean the club are in a strong position when it comes to making final decisions on their transfer targets, with the club’s wealth of attacking talent leaving the club in no rush to force through potential deals.
That said, Werner is believed to be firmly on their radar this summer, though his arrival would not be as a replacement for one of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah or Roberto Firmino but to provide additional firepower and competition.
Liverpool’s options are set to be depleted next season with both the Olympic Games and Africa Cup of Nations potentially impacting their squad, and an approach for Werner is predicted in the coming weeks.