Liverpool will wait for the conclusion of the Bundesliga season before making a move for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner after an interesting clause came to light.
Werner, who has scored 27 goals in 36 appearances in all competitions this term, is understood to be of interest to Liverpool and has been for a sometime, however Jurgen Klopp is in no rush to secure a deal.
That is because Gazzetta dello Sport in Italy report that Werner’s buyout clause will drop from £52m (€60m) to £44m (€50m) if RB Leipzig fail to win the Bundesliga title this season.
Leipzig are currently third and five points off the pace set by Bayern Munich, with the Bundesliga scheduled to return on May 16. German chancellor Angela Merkel gave Bundesliga the OK to resume its season in the second half of May and it will do just that, although no spectators will be present.
Leipzig will resume their campaign at home to Freiburg and will be hoping to close the gap on leaders Bayern Munich to two points, as they travel to Union Berlin the following day.
“The season finale will take place at the end of June,” the league’s CEO, Christian Seifert, said, with 27-28 June a likely date.
Liverpool were believed to be working to a date of June 15 after Sky Sports claimed Werner’s £52million release clause expired on later next month.
That clause was inserted when he extended his contract last summer until 2023, but it’s unclear whether the title-winning clause was also lodged at the same time.
Previous reports suggested that Liverpool wanted more time to mull over a deal amid alleged interest from the likes of Chelsea and Manchester United.
Serie A side Inter Milan have also reportedly opened talks about a move, but according to Tuttosport (via Inside Futbol), Werner has his heart set on a move to Merseyside.
The report claims that the 24-year-old has snubbed interest from other interested parties and wants to play under Jurgen Klopp.
Werner said of Klopp and Liverpool’s style of play earlier this year: “I know that Liverpool is the best team at the moment in the world and when you are linked with that team it makes me very proud.
“It’s a pleasure but I know that Liverpool play a lot of good players and I have to improve myself and I need to learn many more things to get to that level and to play there.”