Liverpool have begun early negotiations with RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, while Manchester United sent scouts to watch the Germany international in action last week.
The 23-year-old was set to enter the last year of his contract this season, but Werner put pen to paper on a new long-term contract with the Bundesliga's Red Bull-backed club and he's gone on to score 15 goals across all competitions.
Liverpool have been long term admirers of Werner, but journalist
"Their decision has to be made on Werner, whether they can persuade him that Manchester United is a better place for him to go than Liverpool, also whether they can persuade Leipzig to allow him to leave in January."
If he's deciding on current form, surely it won't be a hard decision. https://t.co/Gwn2lP4HWK— 90min (@90min_Football) November 14, 2019
There is a release clause written in Werner's new deal that would allow him to leave RB Leipzig, although it's understood that it's not a set fee - the amount will decrease for every season that the forward stays at the Red Bull Arena.
It's not just Werner's fee which could be a problem for Liverpool however, as Castles added the Germany international is looking to earn £300k a week in any contract he agrees outside of the Bundesliga.