RB Leipzig star Timo Werner has reportedly told Liverpool
that he is determined to sign for them in the off-season.
The striker has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield
in recent months, where he would team up with compatriot Jurgen Klopp as his
With 27 goals from 36 appearances in all competitions,
Werner is already enjoying the most prolific season of his career to date,
despite it being far from complete.
And reports have suggested that Liverpool want to add him to
their famous forward line, with rumours of a £52 million release clause
suggesting he would be a bargain addition.
However, reports on Wednesday have claimed that the striker has also held talks
over a move to Italy with Inter Milan and Juventus, while Bayern Munich,
Chelsea and Barcelona have been strongly linked with his signature.
But according to German publication Bild, (via the Daily
Star) Werner would rather not move to another Bundesliga team and has made it
clear he wants a move to Liverpool before any of his other suitors.
Furthermore, it's suggested he would sign on the dotted line for Liverpool
tomorrow were an agreement to be reached. The main reason, it's claimed, is the chance to play with
Klopp, whom the striker rates highly.
Speaking before football's lockdown, Werner said:
"There's one of the best managers in the world with Jurgen Klopp, and he
is also German.
"Many things suggest that I would maybe fit in (at
Liverpool) very well with my playing style. But I don't think about that at the
moment because we have so much to do with Leipzig.
"I won't rule out anything. We have the European
Championship in the summer, I want to focus on that tournament.
"About everything else, I will think after the
Leipzig's head of football Oliver Mintzlaff denied any
conversations with Liverpool have taken place when questioned recently.
"Neither Jurgen Klopp nor (Bayern chief) Karl-Heinz
Rummenigge contacted me," he said.
"We are happy that we were able to extend the contract
with him until 2023.
"He played a really strong first half of the season and
was not the only reason why we won the autumn championship because of his 18
"We also believe that we are still a very good stage
for Timo Werner on which he can develop as a German international."
- TEAMtalk media