The Premier League season will resume on June 17th. Liverpool’s season will resume on June 20th. And, if the Reds are to sign Timo Werner by triggering his cut-rate £50M release clause, they will have to do it by June 15th.
That’s the story from The Mirror today, who claim to have put a firm expiry date on the star German striker’s release clause being triggered. The general belief, though, is that that day will come and pass with the clause untriggered.
That’s because while Werner remains the Reds’ top transfer target this summer, and while £50M is likely a bargain for Werner even in the current market, the need to pay a release clause up front as a lump sum is an issue.
Meanwhile, despite whispers of interest from elsewhere—with Inter Milan and Chelsea the most commonly mentioned alternates—word out of Germany continues to be that Werner wants to join up with Jürgen Klopp at Anfield.
What happens next nobody quite knows—probably not even those in the upper echelons at Liverpool and Leipzig. A lot will depend on how the transfer market shakes out once the seasons resume and then are wrapped up.
If mid-table clubs are still buying, albeit perhaps at lower rates, the Reds will expect to be able to offload a number of fringe players. And if they can do that, a deal for Werner will likely go ahead. If they can’t, it may not.