This season’s ramp up to the summer transfer window took on some added flavor with the suspension of football and the new financial reality for football clubs. Before the pandemic, Timo Werner was nearly a sure thing to sign for Liverpool. And even through the present mire most followers of football believed the transfer would still take place. On Wednesday, new information on the matter left little room for hope, unfortunately.
David Maddock reported in The Mirror that Liverpool have signaled their refusal to meet Werner’s release clause and the club have officially pulled out of the race.
Amongst the growing idea of pulling down the ever-rising market, on Tuesday, Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff provided the backdrop by publicly declaring his insistence that Werner wouldn’t be leaving for anything less than £50M and that’s that.
“It won’t get any cheaper. We will not sell a player below value if he is under contract for more than a year,” said Mintzlaff.
“In general, we always ask the question: can we replace a player if we sell him for less than his market value?”
Liverpool have now made their own unofficial statement by letting their new, and hopefully temporary, disinterest in signing Timo be known. Although, the club are said to be ready to talk if Leipzig are willing to do a deal around £30M.
Xherdan Shaqiri, Harry Wilson and Marko Grujic were all expected to be moved on this summer, raising around £60M in total. Timo money. That valuation obviously won’t hold any longer so Liverpool’s plans are changing. Are Werner’s plans changing?
Werner could decide to stay put for another season and think about Liverpool next summer or push for a move now to another big club with the money to spend in a global crisis. If he wants to end up playing for Jürgen Klopp he should obviously sit tight and wait on a future bound to hold more financial certainty than the present.