Liverpool ‘will not rival Chelsea for Timo Werner’
Liverpool have allegedly conceded defeat in their pursuit of RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner, and the Reds will not rival Chelsea for the striker’s services.
Yesterday, it was reported that Frank Lampard’s side have agreed a deal to bring the 24-year-old to Stamford Bridge on a five-year contract.
Liverpool have long been credited with an interest in the prolific frontman, but it appears that Chelsea have beaten them in the race for Werner’s signature.
Jurgen Klopp’s side were supposedly reluctant to trigger the Germany international’s £54m release clause amid the coronavirus pandemic, and according to the Evening Standard, Liverpool will not attempt to hijack Chelsea’s bid for the former Stuttgart man.
The report claims that Klopp is confident in the ability of his current attackers – with Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino expected to step up to the plate while Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane take part in the Africa Cup of Nations next year.
Werner has netted 25 times in the Bundesliga during the 2019-20 campaign as Leipzig lie third in the table.
Man Utd will not rival Chelsea for Werner
With Chelsea set to match Timo Werner’s £53million release clause, Manchester United are set to follow Liverpool and will not rival The Blues.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is a big admirer of the RB Leipzig striker, who has agreed a move to Stamford Bridge, but United are prioritising other targets after securing an extension to Odion Ighalo’s loan deal.
Jadon Sancho remains at the top of Solskjaer’s wanted list – even after the financial impact of coronavirus forced him to review their spending this summer.
Werner was among a list of striker targets drawn up by United’s transfer committee, along with Moussa Dembele and Erling Braut Haaland. But Solskjaer believes the deal to keep Ighalo at the club until January has alleviated the need to bring in a top-class striker when the window eventually opens.
He also wants to see how Mason Greenwood develops over the next six months to see if the teenager can establish himself as genuine competition to Anthony Martial at the point of United’s attack.
United are continuing to monitor strike targets, but have opted against launching an official move for Werner, who now looks set to join top four rivals, Chelsea.