RB Leipzig star Timo Werner could hold out for a summer transfer to Liverpool following reports the attacker is waiting for the Reds to reciprocate his interest.
The 23-year-old—who has scored 27 goals in 33 appearances for Leipzig this season—has intensified his praise of the Reds in recent times.
Simon Hughes and Raphael Honigstein of The Athletic wrote Werner “has already received proposals” from Barcelona and Manchester United, either of whom could represent big competition for his signature.
It’s also understood that the reported $65.7 million (£51 million) release clause in his contract must be triggered by an unspecified deadline in April, a move designed to give Leipzig more time to adequately replace the forward.
That being said, German outlet Sport1 (h/t Goal’s Sean Wilson) said the release clause figure could in fact be as low as $38.6 million (£30 million).
Werner scored the only goal when Leipzig travelled to Tottenham Hotspur for the first leg of their Champions League round-of-16 first leg, praising the reigning kings of Europe after the game in an interview with Viasport:
The Germany international was born in Stuttgart—the same city Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp comes from—and appears to have prioritised a link-up with his countryman at Anfield.
Sky Sports’ Kaveh Solhekol recently reported that Klopp holds the key to deciding Werner’s fate, with Leipzig seemingly helpless to prevent their hitman from leaving this summer.
Werner has scored 21 goals in the Bundesliga this season—four fewer than current top scorer Robert Lewandowski—and has helped fire Leipzig into contention for their maiden top-flight title.