Timo Werner: Sign striker in less than 12 days for less than £50m or…

Liverpool, Chelsea, and Manchester United all have 12 days window of opportunity to trigger Timo Werner’s release clause if they want to sign him for less than £50m.

The Germany international striker’s €55m (£49m) release clause at RB Leipzig will run out on Monday, June 15.

Werner’s first-choice destination seems to be Liverpool but the Premier League leaders are not willing to pay the release clause given the current situation of things in the heat of the moment.

Both Chelsea and Manchester United have also held talks about signing the talented 24-year-old.

Werner wants to move to a Champions League-bound club, where he will play regularly.

He signed a contract extension last summer which ties him right down to Leipzig until 2023 and has scored 32 times this season, including 25 goals in 29 Bundesliga games.

Just a few weeks ago, it had been assumed Leipzig might be tempted to sell Timo Werner for a much lower fee after the release clause expires, with a thought that the coronavirus pandemic would cause prices to drop when the transfer window opens.

That was before Sunday when Paris Saint-Germain agreed to take up their £51m choice to sign Mauro Icardi from Inter Milan.

Timo Werner is three years younger than Icardi and, if the Argentine striker is used as the benchmark here, then Leipzig is unlikely to let Werner go for anything less than £50m.

Bayern Munich backed out of a €30m deal to sign Werner a year ago and therefore the player seemed to have ruled out a move to Munich this summer too when he said last month that he would like to move abroad.

Inter Milan initially showed interest in signing him but the club sporting director Piero Ausilio said last week that Timo Werner would not be moving to the club.

In an interview with Viasport earlier on in February, Werner said Liverpool were the best team in the world and he has also described Jurgen Klopp as the best manager in the world.

Source: Skysports

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