Date published: Monday 25th May 2020 1:50
German football expert Raphael Honigstein says Timo Werner’s proposed move to Liverpool could be delayed but says there is “a very strong chance” he will end up at Anfield.
Werner blasted a hat-trick for Red Bull Leipzig in Sunday’s 5-0 rout of Mainz to put himself firmly in the spotlight.
The 24-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield this summer, with both the player and Jurgen Klopp publicly revealing their admiration for each other in recent months.
Reports have indicated that Werner’s preference remains to move to Liverpool, or to stay at Leipzig for another season.
Although, according to Calciomercato, Werner has begun to consider interest from Inter, having previously discarded any thoughts about moving to the Italian top flight.
Reliable German outlet Bild though have always maintained that Liverpool are at the head of the queue for the striker.
And Hongistein, has confirmed Klopp has held a virtual meeting with Werner in recent weeks, and is convinced a deal will be done in August or September.
Honigstein told BT Sport via The Evebing Standard: “I think it depends on what Liverpool want to do because Werner’s been on the record saying he wants to go there and he is available because of a release clause which at the worst would cost about £55m.
“So far Liverpool have been linked closely and there has been a meeting between him and Jurgen Klopp, at least a virtual one over the last few weeks.
“I think they’re a bit hesitant to pull the trigger because they haven’t quite figured out how much of a financial problem the coronavirus will present itself to football, coming over the next month in the Premier League.
“I think he’s waiting for things to fall into shape and it could be that the transfer window is much later than usual.
“This kind of deal would have been announced in April/May, this time it could be August or September, but I still think there’s a very strong chance he’ll end up at Liverpool.”
Over the weekend Bild head of football Christian Falk revealed that Werner has recently changed his marketing agency to one owned by Jurgen Klopp’s manager.
Falk told lfctransferroom: “According to our information, the clause is €55million as a base value and can grow to €60million if RB Leipzig makes it into the Champions League.
“And yes, I think this transfer is happening. Interestingly, Werner now has a new social media and marketing agency.
“The boss of this agency is also Jurgen Klopp’s manager.