Liverpool in advanced talks to trigger Timo Werner release clause in £50m transfer



Posted Sunday, February 16, 2020 by Express.co.uk

Liverpool in advanced talks to trigger Timo Werner release clause in £50m transfer
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Liverpool are looking to complete the signing of Timo Werner.

Liverpool are reportedly in advanced talks with RB Leipzig over the signing of Timo Werner. The striker has emerged as a target for Jurgen Klopp this summer, but it now looks like Michael Edwards may have made his move to land the German international.

According to Italian journalist Nicolo Schira, the Reds have opened negotiations for Werner as they look to move to the front of the queue for the forward.

He tweeted: “#Liverpool are in advanced talks for Timo #Werner. Reds are ready to pay the clause (€58M) to #Leipzig and close the deal until April (when clause expires). #transfers #LFC”

It was reported this week that Liverpool have until the end of April to capitalise on the release clause in his current deal.

Werner is said to be available for between £50million and £55m, should any club be willing to stump up the cash.

Liverpool are not the only team in the hunt though, with Manchester United and Chelsea among those also linked with a move for Werner.

Werner has become the hottest property in the Bundesliga this season, having fired 20 goals in 22 matches.

That’s created inevitable links to Bayern Munich, who are in need of a big summer after rivals Borussia Dortmund landed Erling Braut Haaland.

There has been some uncertainty over how Liverpool will fit Werner into their system.

They currently play with Roberto Firmino operating as a false-nine, an entirely different role to the one Werner plays at Leipzig.

Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff recently urged Werner to make a decision on his future.

"I can also understand that it is difficult for Timo," Mintzlaff told Sport Bild.

"But you have to make decisions in life, and Timo’s will be there in a timely manner, we’re convinced. We still want a contract extension.

“[Werner leaving] is not desirable, especially as it was also discussed differently with his advisor.

"We do not sit at the wheel, but can only make offers and wait.

"Everything else is not our control. If Timo did not renew, we would like to get a replacement.

"There are many interested parties. International top clubs have also requested [to speak to him].”

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