Timo Werner has already opened talks with Inter Milan and Juventus about a potential move to Serie A rather than Liverpool, with whom there are “no real talks”, according to a respected journalist.
The RB Leipzig striker has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield in recent months, where he would team up with compatriot Jurgen Klopp as his manager.
With 27 goals from 36 appearances in all competitions, Werner is already enjoying the most prolific season of his career to date, despite it being far from completed.
And reports have suggested that Liverpool want to add him to their famous forward line, with rumours of a £52m release clause suggesting he would be a bargain addition.
However, Italian transfer expert Gianluca Di Marzio has cast serious doubt on the chances of Werner becoming a Red, despite admitting he is practically certain to leave Germany.
“I know that Timo Werner will leave RB Leipzig, for sure,” the Sky Sports reporter said in a Q&A.
“His agents are moving to find a solution for him.
“They are talking to Juventus and Inter Milan, so they want him to change clubs.
“They are probably talking to Liverpool because Liverpool have wanted him for a long time.”
Reports earlier in the week indicated that Inter had joined the race for Werner, while Juventus are in the market for a new number nine, hence their interest in the 24-year-old.
The striker himself had reportedly given the green light to a move to Anfield, but the Reds may decide they do not need him, prompting him to move elsewhere.
Di Marzio added: “I don’t know whether he is the right player for Liverpool in this moment because in their forward department they probably don’t need anything.
“Firmino, Salah and Mane!
“So it’s difficult to spend a lot of money for a player that is likely to stay on the bench.
“We will see, but at this time there is no real deal with Liverpool and Leipzig for Werner.”