Lately, it’s been hard to escape the Timo Werner to Liverpool chatter. Not that Liverpool fans want to avoid it, what with Werner being a 23-year-old forward putting up top-five strikers in Europe numbers, openly courting the Reds, and having a cut-rate release clause.
And today’s chatter has it that maybe, just maybe, that cut-rate release clause—previously reported at around £50M—could be even lower, with Germany’s Sport1 claiming it’s in fact closer to a £25M release clause. We do, however, have some doubts and questions.
Doubts because £25M was what his release clause was meant to be before he signed a new deal with Red Bull Leipzig last year, and because Sport1 suggest that there may be, rather unusually, some additional “performance-related bonuses” tied to the clause.
Typically, when you put the words bonuses and performance-related together, you’re talking wages, but it does appear as though Sport1 are tying it to Werner’s release clause, and if accurate his performances would have certainly pushed that clause higher.
All we can really say, then, is Werner has a release clause and it’s likely somewhere between £25M and £50M and either way it’s a bargain and Werner himself seems desperate for the move and Liverpool would be fools if they weren’t at least considering it.
“Liverpool are the best team at the moment in the world,” Werner recently said of the Liverpool rumours. “To be linked with that team makes me very proud. It’s a pleasure and I know I have to learn more things to get on the level to play there.”