Liverpool transfer target Timo Werner is desperate to make a move to Anfield this summer as speculation continues to build around his future.
Yes, the new year already has one of those transfer rumours that doesn't seem to go away, and there's no sign of it disappearing any time soon.
Werner has been relentlessly linked with the Reds for some time now, while things look like they might now be pointing in the direction of a conclusion, albeit a drawn-out one.
“He [Timo Werner] really wants to move to Liverpool. It looks like the next few weeks might see some movement. They’re going to be trying to do things a little quieter. He’s desperate to play for Liverpool.” [@Simon_Hughes__] pic.twitter.com/oBFL8DgPiz— Anfield Edition (@AnfieldEdition) March 4, 2020
As reported by The Athletic, the 23-year-old is very keen to swap the white of Leipzig for the red of Liverpool. Journalist Simon Hughes commented on the speculation, assuring that Werner is yearning for the transfer to go ahead.
He is quoted as saying: "
Recent reports suggests that the Reds are considering pay the attacker's £50m release clause, however, they must begin negotiations swiftly as this point of the player's contract expires in April. As a result, it would be expected that formal contact regarding a transfer would be made this month.
While the German would struggle to jump immediately into the starting lineup at Anfield, he would certainly be a fantastic addition for manager Jürgen Klopp that would challenge (and provide an additional option) to the established front three of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mané and Mohamed Salah.
Writing in a separate piece for The Athletic, James Pearce notes that the lack of quality attacking backup is the main reason for Liverpool's interest in Werner.
"The drop-off in quality between Liverpool’s first-choice front three and the back-up options is far too great," Pearce said in a Q&A. "That’s why RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner is so high on the club’s list of transfer targets for this summer.
"With Salah and Mane set to miss at least a month of the season due to the Africa Cup of Nations, Klopp needs more depth and better options up there, especially with Xherdan Shaqiri expected to depart after an injury-plagued season."