Another week brings with it another attempt to add a chapter to the Timo Werner to Liverpool transfer saga. Quelle surprise. And after being told it was unlikely to happen last week, now it’s back on. Or at least it could be. Maybe.
That’s the story by way of Fabrizio Romano and The Guardian, who say that rather than shelving their transfer plans completely as had been suggested by some last week, the Reds have asked Werner to show a little patience.
With football still on hold due to coronavirus—though Germany are set to resume their league in ten days now and England are still hopeful of a June restart—and financial uncertainty high, Liverpool are asking for time.
Time to see how the season resumes—if it resumes—and to better judge the resulting market to determine if they can still justify triggering Werner’s £50M release clause that would have to be paid as an upfront lump sum.
If they can’t, it would be difficult to imagine a club like Inter Milan who have also been linked with Werner being able to, in which case it all seems potentially less breaking news and insight and more reasonable common sense.
Liverpool by all accounts had Werner as their top target—and Werner was just as eager. Now, everything appears far less certain that it did a few short months ago. Chances are all parties really are taking a wait and see approach.