Timo Werner, 23 year old Germany international has refused a contract extension from RB Leipzig. In 26 Bundesliga appearances this season, he has 14 goals and 5 assists.
Liverpool have followed a similar principal when acquiring players in recent years to that of Leipzig. Naby Keita to Liverpool was a result of such an approach. Football consultant Ian McGarry has come out and given statements implying Werner has agreed personal terms with the Bundesliga club.
The club is on course to signing the forward this summer as it stands. Here’s McGarry giving his verdict on Timo Werner’s move to Anfield:
“This is a guy who since he signed from Stuttgart in 2016 has scored 60 goals in only 108 appearances – so he’s got a very good goals-to-games ratio.
“23-year-old German international, has been interesting Liverpool for a long time.”
“As we all know on the Transfer Window Podcast, and our educated listeners know this as well, when a player refuses to sign a new contract it’s usually because he’s got an agreement in place somewhere else.
“My information is Liverpool are very close to agreeing personal terms with Werner.
“Obviously they have been lacking a natural No 9 out-and-out striker for some time.
“Divock Origi hasn’t made any impression, Daniel Sturridge has obviously had his injury problems and has failed to make an impression when he’s come on this season.
“Adding a proper No.9 to their already very potent attacking force is something Jurgen Klopp has been very, very keen to do.
“Whether they win the title or not I think that’s something they will press ahead and recruit anyway.”
“His contract situation is such with one year left, RB Leipzig would be expecting in the region of €80m (£69m) for a player who had more, may two or three years left on his contract, but I think Liverpool if indeed they have either agreed or are getting close to agreeing personal terms, RB Leipzig will probably be looking at getting less than €50m (£43m) for Werner.
“That would be a bargain, a real value signing.”