English Premiership

Leipzig chief 'deeply relaxed' about Werner despite Liverpool link

2020-04-12 15:46
Timo Werner
Timo Werner (Getty Images)

Reports have claimed that striker Timo Werner has already agreed to join Liverpool, but RB Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff says it's nonsense.

The Reds have been heavily linked with a move for Werner in recent months, with reports suggesting that he has a release clause in his contract that expires this month.

Indeed, Werner has made no attempts to shy away from the speculation, first revealing his admiration for the European champions before admitting that Manchester United could be an ideal next destination.

However, reports in Spain claimed Inter Milan have also made an 11th-hour to beat Liverpool to his signature, with Antonio Conte's side on the lookout for an attacker to replace Lautaro Martinez, who appears destined to join Barcelona.

As per Sport, Inter asked Leipzig about Werner after accepting they face an impossible fight to retain the services of Argentine superstar Martinez this summer. The forward, who has a €111m exit clause in his contract, is keen to join Barca, while Manchester City, Chelsea and Real Madrid are said to be lurking in the background and waiting to pounce.

As such, the Spanish paper, via Sport Witness, claims Conte's men asked Leipzig about Werner, only to be informed he's 'already very close' to joining Liverpool and that they had little chance of nipping in ahead of the reigning European champions to sign him.

But those rumours are not of concern to Leipzig CEO Mintzlaff, who has moved to quell the suggestions and has even claimed the striker has not even asked to leave the Bundesliga side.

"I'm deeply relaxed about Werner," he told Sky Sports Germany.

"He hasn't signalled yet that he wants to leave beyond this season, and he doesn't have to. He has a contract until 2023."

- TEAMtalk media


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