Manchester United could get a free run at signing RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner this month with Liverpool not in the running, according to a report.
Sky Sports claim to have the inside track on the future of the Germany international and the broadcaster say Jurgen Klopp will not go after Werner in January.
The report also claims Liverpool “are also unlikely to pursue a move in the summer as things stand”, but they “will continue to watch the German’s development, as will a number of top European clubs including Chelsea”.
Only yesterday Bild said Liverpool were in the driving seat for the forward and cited two major reasons why a move to Anfield looks the most likely outcome, despite interest from Manchester United and Chelsea.
As per the German publication, they claimed Werner has set his sights on playing in the Premier League and believes the football Klopp’s side play would most suit his style with Anfield listed as the striker’s “preferred goal”.
Furthermore – and perhaps just as significantly – it’s claimed Liverpool’s relationship with Leipzig would see the Bundesliga club prefer to do business with the Reds. That’s due to, what’s reported as, ‘good relations’ between the sides following Naby Keita’s transfer back in summer 2018.
Werner’s exit clause stands at €60m, but interestingly, Bild claims this will reduce with each passing summer his contract elapses. And with the player apparently determined to move on in summer 2020, it’s reported Leipzig now plan to get their maximum asking price for Werner this summer.
Werner’s comments earlier this month sparked a frenzy of speculation about the 23-year-old’s future.
“The Premier League is certainly the most interesting league, you have to say,” he told Bild. “There is a certain flair to watching the English league and playing there.”
Werner has scored 25 goals and laid on 10 others in 26 outings this season.