Liverpool have been linked with the signing of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner as his future with the Bundesliga side continues to get messy.
Earlier in the month, there was a report from the Mirror that claimed the Reds have asked Leipzig to be kept informed regarding the 24-capped Germany international’s future at the Red Bull Arena.
However, speculations linking him away from the club has not deterred his current club from offering him a new contract extension.
According to a report from SportBild, the club’s sporting director Ralf Rangnick reveals the two parties are in negotiations over a possible contract extension.
Rangnick told Sport Bild:
“All points of view have been exchanged, and there is a signature from our side. But I don’t ask him or his agent every week what things look like.
“There is still plenty of time until the end of the season. After that, it will certainly be another topic that we will address, depending on what happens.”
It is yet uncertain whether the centre-forward will put pen to paper on this new contract, and if Werner turns down the contract extension, Liverpool should be first in line to secure his signature.
The Reds have been brilliant up front so far this season, having recorded 70 Premier League goals. Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane have both contributed with 17 goals each, whilst Roberto Firmino has chipped in 11.
Whilst it could be argued there is a slight difference between Firmino and Werner, it should be noted the latter’s age and eye for goals makes him a great long-term option for Liverpool in the transfer market.
Werner is young and fast, and while he might not be deemed as an upgrade on the Brazilian, there are reports that Sadio Mane could be heading to Real Madrid, as Zinedine Zidane eyes up a move for the Senegal international.
With the Bundesliga side placing an hefty £87million price-tag on their star man, however, it remains to be see whether Liverpool can break their club record transfer fee to sign Werner.