RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is set to run down his contract after refusing to sign an extension, according to club CEO Oliver Mintzlaff.
The 23-year-old has attracted plenty of interest both domestically and across Europe, with Liverpool and Bayern Munich strongly linked with a summer move for his services.
Could Werner join Bayern or Liverpool? Five key things to know…
- Werner is widely regarded as one of the best young strikers in world football.
- He is enjoying another productive Bundesliga campaign with 14 goals and five assists for third-placed RB Leipzig.
- The Stuttgart-born marksman will see his present contract expire in June 2020.
- Leipzig may be tempted to cash in this summer with the striker signalling his intention to leave.
- Liverpool, Bayern Munich and Real Madrid are all believed to be interested in the Germany international.
Werner will have just one year left on his RB Leipzig contract this summer, and while his current employers will be keen to retain the services of their prized asset, the Bundesliga club may have no choice but to cash in when the transfer window opens.
Die Bullen have been attempting to negotiate a new deal with Werner, but club CEO Mintzlaff has now revealed that the 24-time German international has shown little interest in putting pen-to-paper.
He told Sky Germany during the club’s 2-0 win over Wolfsburg: “We want to extend it with him, but he has signalled to us that he would rather not extend.”
Werner has long-been associated with a move to link up with compatriot Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool, and that relentless speculation will enhance significantly after Mintzlaff’s latest comments.
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Where would Werner fit in at Anfield?
With Dominic Solanke moving on to Bournemouth in January, Daniel Sturridge likely to leave when his contract expires at the end of the season, and Divock Origi unable to hold down a regular first-team spot, Klopp will certainly be keen to reinforce his front line this summer.
In Werner, he would have a ready-made No. 9, who not only plays a similar brand of Rock ‘N’ Roll football – synonymous with the German tactician – at Leipzig, but who also knows how to find the back of the net instinctively.
Since joining RB Leipzig from VfB Stuttgart in 2016 Werner has netted 59 goals and registered 23 assists in 108 matches, including 14 this season to help Ralf Rangnick’s side climb to third in the Bundesliga.
Whether Werner would be able to supplant Roberto Firmino through the middle at Liverpool is up for debate, but were he to relocate to Merseyside then the Reds would boast an excessively talented pool of world-class attackers.