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Werner wants to lead Chelsea’s new era

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Timo Werner says he hopes to lead Chelsea’s new era and credits head coach Frank Lampard for bringing him to the club.

The German international flew to London on Sunday following his £45m transfer from RB Leipzig, which was agreed last month.

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Werner watched as Chelsea beat Wolves 2-0 to secure Champions League football for next season before beginning ‘pre-season’ training on Monday.

The 24-year-old, who joined in with his new team-mates on Tuesday, says he looked up to the likes of Lampard, Didier Drogba and Petr Cech and hopes to be part of an exciting future at the club.

He told Chelsea’s website: “I know of the players before when they won the Champions League with Drogba, with my new manager Frank Lampard, Petr Cech as the technical advisor.

“It is like a little dream for me but I want to become, not the same player like them, but I want to be part of a new era here so I will play to try to give my best.

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Werner also said Lampard’s style of play and personality was a big reason why he chose to leave Germany for the Premier League.

“He (Lampard) was the main point,” he added. “We talked a lot about things like system, like how he wants to play and sees me playing, and how the system fits to me.

“He is a really nice guy who not only told me what he wants from me as a player because he wants to help me as a guy. He knows me now a little bit better and it fits very good between us and now I am happy to be here.”

Kai Havertz is pushing hard to join Werner at Chelsea and wants his club Bayer Leverkusen to agree a deal with before the club’s Europa League match against Rangers next week.

Hakim Ziyech has also begun training with his Chelsea team-mates after moving from Ajax as he prepares for the start of the new Premier League on the weekend of September 12-13.

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Officially Chelsea completes signing of ‘Timo Werner’

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Timo Werner has agreed personal terms with Chelsea, and will remain at Leipzig for the rest of the Bundesliga season. He will link up with his new team-mates in July, subject to passing a medical examination.

One of the most feared young strikers in Europe, Werner is renowned for his pace, movement, link-up play and finishing ability. At Leipzig he has most often been deployed in a front two, but he can also play out wide in a front three or as the central striker.

He is currently enjoying the most profitable season of his career yet, having already scored 32 goals and registered 13 assists in 43 appearances in all competitions. After finding the net again against Fortuna Dusseldorf last night, he has two games remaining this season to improve on those numbers.

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Werner gives up Champions league glory and joins Chelsea


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Werner gives up Champions league glory and joins Chelsea

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Timo Werner will give up on RB Leipzig’s Champions League bid in order to link up with Chelsea in July, according to Bild.

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The Blues agreed a five-year contract worth £180,000 a week with the Germany star earlier this month after meeting his £53million release clause.

But while Werner will finish the Bundesliga season with Leipzig, he will not play for the club when European football resumes in August.

German publication Bild claim that he has decided against playing in the Champions League so that he can join Frank Lampard’s squad as soon as possible.

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RB Leipzig are already through to the quarter-finals of the competition after dumping out Tottenham in the last-16. Werner scored the only goal in the first leg in London.

The Champions League is likely to be completed entirely in August once Europe’s major domestic campaigns – the Premier League, LaLiga, the Bundesliga and Serie A – have finished.

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Meanwhile, The Evening Standard claim that Werner’s move to Stamford Bridge will be officially completed this week.

Talks over how the deal will be structured have been ongoing, but the Blues are now close to announcing Werner’s arrival.

The striker’s £53m release clause – which Liverpool refused to pay given the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus crisis – expired at midnight on June 15.

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Chelsea capitalised on their rivals going cold on Werner, who had been expected to make the move to Anfield after holding talks with Jurgen Klopp.

But he is now on the verge of becoming a Chelsea player after Frank Lampard was promised the funds to strengthen his squad significantly.

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Last Friday, RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann admitted that the 24-year-old would be leaving at the end of the season.

‘I do not expect Timo to be here next season,’ the 32-year-old told NobleSports after Leipzig secured a 2-0 win over Hoffenheim.

Chelsea triggered Werner’s release clause before Monday’s deadline but will unable to get him on the pitch before the start of next season.

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Lampard’s squad is taking impressive shape before the transfer window has even opened, with Hakim Ziyech arriving from Ajax in a £37m deal.

The Blues are also keen on £75m-rated Bayer Leverkusen winger Kai Havertz and Leicester left-back Ben Chilwell.

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Werner will officially complete his Chelsea move this Week

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Chelsea will complete their £53million move for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner this week, according to The Evening Standard.

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The Blues agreed a five-year contract worth £180,000 a week with the Germany star earlier this month after meeting his release clause.

Talks over how the deal will be structured have been ongoing over the last week, but the Blues are now close to officially announcing Werner’s arrival.

The striker’s £53m release clause – which Liverpool refused to pay given the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus crisis – expired at midnight on June 15.

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Chelsea capitalised on their rivals going cold on Werner, who had been expected to make the move to Anfield after holding talks with Jurgen Klopp.

But he is now on the verge of becoming a Chelsea player after Frank Lampard was promised the funds to strengthen his squad significantly.

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Last Friday, RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann admitted that the 24-year-old would be leaving at the end of the season.

‘I do not expect Timo to be here next season,’ the 32-year-old told NS after Leipzig secured a 2-0 win over Hoffenheim.

Chelsea triggered Werner’s release clause before Monday’s deadline but will unable to get him on the pitch before the start of next season.

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Liverpool will regret no signing Werner – carragher

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Liverpool may come to regret turning down a £53million move for Timo Werner, fears Jamie Carragher.

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The Germany striker is on the verge of joining rivals Chelsea after a fee was agreed with RB Leipzig earlier this month.

He had been strongly linked with joining Jurgen Klopp’s side having held discussions with the Liverpool boss, but the coronavirus pandemic forced the league leaders to hold fire on a big-money move.

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‘Without the pandemic, I’m sure Liverpool would have signed Werner,’ Carragher told Goal.

‘Everyone knows that Liverpool’s front three are as good as anything in the world right now, but Werner would have played a lot of games next season.’

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The former Liverpool defender believes Werner would have had plenty of chances to impress across a season, despite the pedigree of their current front three,

He continued: ‘There would have been opportunities for Timo Werner to play in the first team on a regular basis. He could have started 10 or 12 games guaranteed and you are talking about 25 or 30 games overall.

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‘With the Olympics not happening this summer, doubts over whether the African Cup of Nations will go ahead and the financial hit Liverpool have taken due to the pandemic, the decision was made not to sign Werner, but I would like to have seen them push through with the deal. It clearly looked like the player wanted to come to Liverpool.’

Werner has enjoyed a stunning season in the Bundesliga, scoring 31 times in 42 games for Leipzig.

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Werner’s Chelsea move on delay

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Timo Werner’s transfer to Chelsea has been delayed as he can’t complete a medical because of coronavirus restrictions on international travel.

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Werner has agreed in principle to join Chelsea in a deal worth £53million, with wages of £180,000 a week.

But according to The Athletic, the RB Leipzig striker is unable to fly to England to put the finishes touches on the transfer.

Chelsea doctors would not be able to fly to Germany because they would have to isolate for two weeks upon their return.

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This would mean that the doctors would be unavailable for Frank Lampard and his squad as new government rules state that all those arriving in Britain – including UK nationals – are required to provide an address where they will self-isolate for 14 days.

Travellers who fail to fill in the forms with these details and refuse to self-isolate will be fined.

To avoid this, the Blues could use the German FA doctor in the meantime but are more likely to wait until the Bundesliga season is over on June 27 or travel restrictions in the UK change.

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Werner, who has scored four goals since the Bundesliga restarted last month, would be a great addition for Chelsea should he be able to complete his medical.

Frank Lampard’s team, who are currently fourth in the Premier League and on course to qualify for next season’s Champions League, are preparing to return to action against Aston Villa on June 21.

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Manchester United offer deal for Werner

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Timo Werner was reportedly swayed by the bigger wage packet on offer at Chelsea after Manchester United made a move to sign the Germany forward.

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Werner has agreed a contract worth around £200,000 a week at Stamford Bridge, and will link up with his new club ahead of next season after the Blues triggered the RB Leipzig star’s £53million release clause.

Many had expected the 24-year-old to join Liverpool this summer after the Reds made their interest in him clear, and Werner is also thought to have declared that Anfield was his preferred destination.

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However, the effect of the coronavirus crisis on the Reds’ finances saw them back away from a deal, allowing Chelsea to swoop in.

Sources report that United were also interested in a move for Werner, who was swayed by the more ‘financially lucrative’ offer on the table from Frank Lampard’s men, who are able to draw on greater cash reserves having sold Eden Hazard last summer and not made any new additions due to their transfer ban.

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In explaining Liverpool’s reasons for backing out of the deal, Jurgen Klopp told Sky Germany : “All clubs are losing money.

“How do I discuss with the players about things like salary waivers and on the other hand buy a player for £50-60m — we’d have to explain.

“If you want to take it seriously and run a normal business you depend on income.

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“And we have no idea how much the club will earn — especially because we don’t know when we can start playing in front of spectators again.

“At the moment, without spectators, we have to pay back on season tickets and probably sell none next year. At least maybe the first 10 or 15 games. VIP areas won’t be packed and tickets won’t be sold.”

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Werner is ‘No’ perfect match for Liverpool – Fowler

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RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner would not have been good enough for Liverpool, according to Robbie Fowler, who insists the Chelsea-bound forward is far from the finished article.

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Fowler isn’t too fussed that his old club have missed out on Werner though, and doesn’t believe he would have found a place in Klopp’s starting XI ahead of Roberto Firmino, Mohamed Salah or Sadio Mane.

“I’ve heard the noise ­surrounding Timo Werner in recent weeks – but I’m not a big fan,” the Liverpool legend wrote in The Mirror.

“I realise he’s a talented player, he has moments of real brilliance in matches that underline his quality, but I stand by this: is Werner up to the standard of Liverpool’s current front three? Not for me. Obviously my opinion will be put to the test next season if he does complete a move to Chelsea.

“There has been so much rumour around his intended destination for months now, with my former club at the heart of that, but most of the other big names in European football have been linked to him.

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“I’ve also seen the meltdown from some Liverpool fans when they ­realised he’s probably not leaving RB Leipzig for Anfield after all. It makes it seem as though he’s a Marco van Basten, a world-class player who would walk into any side.

“For the life of me, I don’t know why. I’ve watched him a fair few times and there are things about his game I like and admire, but does he influence games consistently enough? Not for me. Does he match up to the players you are signing him to challenge and replace? Not at Liverpool. Maybe at Chelsea.”

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Fowler added on Liverpool’s reluctance to meet Werner’s price tag: “I’ve heard so many people ­complaining about Liverpool owners not splashing the cash, not diving in on ­Werner when he’s a ‘steal’ at £52m. Is he really, though?

“This is the reality – all those other clubs, Barcelona, Liverpool, Juventus, Real Madrid, Man City and United have looked at him and thought, in the current market, his release clause fee is too high. How do we know that? Because otherwise, they would have activated it.

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“To be honest, I see a situation where Chelsea saw perhaps the only circumstance in which they would sign Werner. That they had to pay the ­release fee to get him – because other clubs wouldn’t.

“In short, they had to pay a massive premium to make him come to their club. We’ve seen it before with clubs struggling a tiny bit – they pay over the odds to get players. City had to do that for a while, Chelsea themselves too. At times, Liverpool have done that over the past two decades. It rarely worked for them.”

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Werner receives no offers yet from Chelsea

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There is no formal agreement in place yet that will see Chelsea sign Timo Werner from RB Leipzig this summer, according to Oliver Mintzlaff, the managing director of the Bundesliga outfit.

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Earlier this week, news broke that Chelsea had triggered the attacker’s £54 million (€60m/$68m) release clause in his contract and will beat both Liverpool and Manchester United to his signing.

Mintzlaff, however, says he has yet to receive a formal approach and that his side are instead focusing on finishing the campaign as strongly as possible.

“We haven’t had an exchange yet,” he told Sky Sports Deutschland on the 24-year-old. “Accordingly, we have nothing to report. Timo Werner is a player for RB Leipzig. He signalled a few weeks ago that he was busy with a transfer. Until now nothing is done.

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“We are concentrating on the final sprint in the league. We want to qualify for the Champions League. That is the only thing we are currently discussing with Timo.

“It was important for us that we extend the contract with him. We did that last summer because of course it is important for our young club that no player moves on a free transfer.

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“Of course, there was this exit clause that we put in the contract to give him the opportunity to take the next step.

“Now Timo is sitting in the driver’s seat, not us anymore. So far, he has not drawn upon the clause, nor has any club sent us a transfer contract.”

Having eliminated Tottenham at the last-16 phase of the Champions League, RB Leipzig remain active in the competition but may face the prospect of playing their quarter-final – expected to take place in August – without their leading marksman.

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“If Timo should leave the club, we’re sure that the buying club will allow us to keep him until the end of the Bundesliga season, whenever that is,” Mintzlaff said. “We can only discuss the Champions League when we know when it is going to take place. It won’t be decided until mid-June.”

Prior to Saturday’s fixtures, the club sat third in the Bundesliga, with the top four to qualify for the Champions League.

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Chelsea tables £54m for Werner

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Chelsea are ready to pay Timo Werner’s €60 million (£54m/$68m) release clause after tabling a contract offer for the RB Leipzig striker, Goal can confirm.

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Werner has been in electrifying form for Leipzig in the Bundesliga this season, scoring 25 goals in 29 appearances to help the club rise to third in the table.

The 24-year-old’s outstanding performances have caught the eye of a number of Europe’s top clubs, including Bayern Munich, Real Madrid and Liverpool.

Chelsea has also been mooted as a possible landing spot for the German centre-forward, and Goal has learned that the club have already made contact with Leipzig over a potential deal.

The Blues have offered Werner a contract worth €10 million(£9 million/$11.4 million) per year at Stamford Bridge, and plan to trigger his buy-out clause when the summer transfer window opens.

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Advancing talks for Werner come after he instructed clubs of his disinterest in moving in January with the Blues having targeted a forward during the winter window.

Indeed, in January, Werner’s clause was only around €40m (£36 million/$45 million) but he wanted to see the season out with RB Leipzig and attempt to win the Bundesliga title.

Frank Lampard admitted at the start of the week that he wants to make a “few additions” to his squad after missing out on a number of targets in January.

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Tammy Abraham has served as Chelsea’s first-choice striker throughout the 2019-20 season, and Olivier Giroud committed to fresh terms with the club in May, but Michy Batshuayi looks set to leave the Bridge later this year.

Werner has made no secret of his desire to play in the Premier League, and has stated that a potential transfer abroad holds greater appeal to him than a transfer to Bayern.

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Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool have long been considered front runners for Werner but they have since grown cautious over the deal in the economic climate of the coronavirus crisis.

The Germany international had also hinted that Liverpool would be his first choice destination, expressing his belief that he would be a “good fit” for Jurgen Klopp’s system during an interview with Welt back in February.

However, ex-Chelsea midfielder Craig Burley has been among those to warn Werner against a switch to Anfield, insisting that the Leipzig frontman might not be guaranteed a spot in the Reds starting XI.

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Burley also said of the Blues’ interest in Werner: “I’m not surprised Chelsea would be interested, he ticks every box for them.”

The German marksman will be back in action with Leizpig on Saturday, with Julian Nagelsmann’s men set to take on Paderborn.

Werner found the net in Leipzig’s 4-2 victory over Cologne last time out, and is now only four goals behind Bayern’s Robert Lewandowski in the race for the Golden Boot.

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Werner again convinces Liverpool His playing style match theirs

Liverpool transfer target Timo Werner again made the headlines with another fine goal as RB Leipzig brushed aside FC Cologne in a highly-entertaining Bundesliga affair on Monday night.

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The German striker has been heavily linked with a move to Anfield over recent months, with manager Julian Nagelsmann admitting there is nothing he can do to stand in Werner’s way should he decide to leave.

Werner is said to have a release clause worth £52million in his current contract, and despite reports stating Liverpool would be unwilling to match that fee due to the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic, Werner continues to be linked with the Premier League champions-elect.

And with Liverpool fans presented with another opportunity to see the man in action, Werner certainly didn’t disappoint during a 4-2 win for Leipzig away at Cologne.

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With the visitors leading 2-1 10 minutes into the second half, former Liverpool goalkeeper Peter Gulacsi launched a counter-attack with a swift boot down the field.

The blistering Werner – coming from inside his own half – then subsequently raced away before smartly finishing into the bottom corner.

A great goal – and one Liverpool fans were quick to point out they have seen before.

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In January, Mohamed Salah wrapped up a 2-0 Premier League win over Manchester United at Anfield, racing down on goal in second-half stoppage time after a long ball from goalkeeper Alisson Becker, showing strength and poise to finish past David de Gea.

With the similarities between the goals abundantly clear, some fans couldn’t contain their excitement.


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Leipzig Manager – ‘No one can hold Werner, He’d leave’


RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann has conceded that there is ‘nothing we can do’ to keep Timo Werner at the club.

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The 24-year-old is one of the most highly-rated strikers in Europe, and is admired by Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United.

Werner has a release clause reportedly worth £49million which expires at the end of this month, and the player is understood to favour a move to Anfield to work under Jurgen Klopp.

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But Liverpool are yet to firm up that interest with an offer, despite their excellent relationship with the Red Bull hierarchy – built while bringing in Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino from Leipzig and Salzburg respectively.

Chelsea, meanwhile, rate Werner extremely highly but Frank Lampard would prefer to sign former Celtic and Fulham striker Moussa Dembele from Lyon.


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Perfect or No? See Klopps final verdict on Werner


Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has told the board that RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner would be ‘perfect’ for his side, with the Reds continuing to be linked with a move for the Germany international.

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Werner has been enjoying an excellent season up to this point, making 39 appearances in all competitions so far in 2019/20. During this time, the 24-year-old has managed 30 goals and a further 12 assists, as well.


As a result, it is hardly a surprise that Werner has been linked with a number of top European clubs in recent months, but it is Liverpool who have been leading the way for his signature. Moreover, the player himself has not held back in his praise of the club in recent times, leading to growing speculation that he could soon make the switch to Anfield.

The trustworthy Fabrizio Romano, writing for the Guardian, has now provided an update on the situation, revealing that Liverpool boss Klopp is still trying to convince the board to pay his release clause – which is around £52.7m – and once again told them this week that Werner would be ‘perfect’ for the club.

The Reds – or another club – has until 15 June to meet Werner’s release clause, and it is said that the forward is prepared to wait for Liverpool to make their decision before deciding on his next club.

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A source recently told NobleSports that Liverpool have warned RB Leipzig that they are willing to consider alternative targets unless the German club drops their price. The Reds do not want to be pressured into triggering Werner’s release clause and despite the fact that Klopp is a major fan of Werner, the Reds could be forced to look elsewhere if RB Leipzig stick to their current price.

The runaway Premier League leaders are still keen to conclude a deal, but are hoping to pay a fee closer to the £40m mark. The Reds hope that the threat of pulling the plug on the deal, mixed with the fact that Werner’s release clause will actually drop to £36m in 2021, will encourage Leipzig to reduce the price.


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Manchester United Ignores Coutinho and eyes Werner


Man Utd are still monitoring Timo Werner’s situation at Leipzig despite mounting evidence the striker will end up at Liverpool, sources have told ESPN.

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Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer remains keen to revamp his forward line in the next transfer window despite widespread concerns about how the market might be affected by the coronavirus pandemic.

Werner, who has scored 30 goals in 38 games for Leipzig this season, is on the list of players being watched closely by United’s recruitment department even though there is a belief within the club that he is more likely to end up at Liverpool if he decides to move ahead of next season.

At 24, Werner fits the profile drawn up by United for prospective new signings and there is an expectation he could move for a reasonable price.

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The COVID-19 outbreak has hit United financially, with the immediate cost likely to be around £23 million in broadcasting rebates, and executive vice chairman Ed Woodward has said the club face an unprecedented challenge. But Solskjaer has been assured there will be money to spend in the next transfer window.

As well as Werner, Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho, Aston Villa’s Jack Grealish and Lyon’s Moussa Dembele are on the shortlist of targets.

United have been offered the chance to speak to Philippe Coutinho, who is set to leave Bayern Munich after his loan spell ends (more on that soon…), but Solskjaer is set to pass on the chance to sign the playmaker, who is surplus to requirements at Barcelona.


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Juve & Inter in talks with Werner’s agents over a potential move

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Italian broadcaster Sky Sport Italia transfer market expert Gianluca Di Marzio has revealed that the representatives of RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner are in talks with both Inter and Juventus.

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Werner has been one of the most prolific goalscorers in European football in recent seasons and with him having a release clause of €60 million he is even more attractive to other clubs.

In a question and answer session with the broadcaster, Di Marzio revealed that Werner will depart the German Bundesliga club in the coming months.

“I know that Timo Werner will leave Leipzig and his agents are working to find a move for him. His agents are speaking with Juventus and Inter,” he explained.

He also admitted to being unsure as to whether Champions League holders Liverpool are in talks with his representatives given the abundance of attacking firepower they already have.


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Barca seriously aims Timo Werner.


Barcelona technical secretary Eric Abidal and his assistant Ramón Planes have met Werner’s father in Germany in March.
Lautaro Martinez is the priority for Barcelona. However, it is not an easy task. Thus, Abidal has maintained contacts with other top-tier forwards. One of them is Timo Werner.

The 24-year-old Germany international is one of the most suitable strikers of the moment for his good scoring ability combined with interesting tactical moves out of the box and remarkable physical power.

As MD has learned, Barca has moved seriously for Werner. Those movements through the German tip experienced a remarkable episode in March before trips to other countries were halted due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Thus, Eric Abidal and Ramón Planes met in Germany with Timo Werner’s father, Gunther, to probe their son’s predisposition to dress in Barca if certain circumstances occurred. The meeting seemed to be pleasant. In fact, Planes was seen returning from Leipzig on March 12.


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Werner close to joining Liverpool: Will this impact Barcelona’s move for Lautaro?


Inter will only allow Lautaro Martinez to leave for Barcelona if they can find a replacement, with the Catalan side’s chances of landing the Argentine potentially impacted by RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner reportedly being close to joining Liverpool.

From Inter’s perspective, Werner is viewed as the ideal player to come in and cover the loss of Lautaro, while Barcelona have even considered the German as an alternative if they fail in their attempt to sign the Argentina international.PSX_20200406_164304

Yet, Liverpool seem to have taken the lead in the race to sign Werner, which could have a knock-on effect when it comes to Barcelona’s chances of securing the Nerazzurri’s 22-year-old star.

Should Inter boss Antonio Conte fail to find a replacement for Lautaro, he will refuse to sell the forward and Barcelona would thus be forced to pay his 111 million euro release clause, however the club are not willing to pay that much for a player due to the current uncertainty in the transfer market.PSX_20200423_180150

Barcelona know that Lautaro wants to join the club and team up with Argentina captain Lionel Messi, and it is this factor that could prove to be decisive if the young forward opts to put pressure on Inter to sell him for a fee below his release clause.

The Nerazzurri, on the other hand, are trying to get Lautaro to sign a new deal so as to avoid his departure. Everything is still up in the air.


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Werner ‘ready to join Liverpool if £52m release clause met’


RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner is ready to sign for Liverpool if they pay his £52m release clause before it expires on 15 June.

But Liverpool, like in January, do not intend to make a move for Werner before his release clause expires.

Werner, whose release clause was inserted when he extended his contract last summer until 2023, described his pride at interest from the Premier League leaders in February.

The German international was close to joining Bayern Munich last summer in a €30m deal and the Bundesliga leaders remain interested in signing him.

Werner has also hailed countryman Jurgen Klopp as “the best coach in the world” and believes Liverpool’s style of play suits him amid reports of a move to Anfield.

He has scored 27 goals in all competitions this season for RB Leipzig, including four to help his club reach the Champions League quarter-finals.


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Werner an alternative striking option for Barcelona & Real Madrid


Werner an alternative striking option for Barcelona & Real Madrid (Goal)

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RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is considered to be an alternative transfer option for Barcelona and Real Madrid as the Liga giants pursue the likes of Neymar, Lautaro Martinez and Kylian Mbappe.

Both sides of a fierce Clasico divide have their sights set on landing a proven frontman in the next transfer window.

It could be that multiple options are sought, with Borussia Dortmund youngster Erling Haaland another target said to figure prominently on Real’s recruitment radar.

Contingency plans are also being pieced together, though, at Camp Nou and Santiago Bernabeu.

In Barcelona’s case, they still consider Neymar to be their first choice, with the Brazil international having long been linked with a return to Catalunya from Paris Saint-Germain.

Argentine star Lautaro is another that the Blaugrana would welcome onto their books, with the 22-year-old having caught the eye at Inter.

If neither of those signatures can be secured, then Real Sociedad’s Swedish striker Alexander Isak is viewed as Plan B, however, it is understood that several other goal-getters are being considered.

Werner is said to have been added to that list, with the Germany international seeing interest in his services build by the week.

He has hinted that a move could be made in the next window, with the 24-year-old ready to take on a new challenge.

Much of the speculation to have been generated so far has seen Werner linked with teams in England, with Premier League heavyweights Liverpool and Chelsea reported to be mulling over big-money moves for a prolific presence.

Both could be left empty-handed, though, if rivals in Spain decide that Werner would be a shrewd addition to their ranks.

Real are determined to ensure that another attacking focal point is brought onto their books, with Luka Jovic having struggled in his debut campaign at Santiago Bernabeu.

It is understood that the Blancos are willing to part with the Serb in order to free up funds and aid the pursuit of further fresh faces.

Barcelona are also eager to land another No.9 in the Luis Suarez mould, with the Uruguayan now 33 years of age.

They want to make sure that they are not left short, meaning that attention could be shifted from the likes of Lautaro and towards Werner if the market starts to move in a different direction.


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60m Werner ‘more likely to join Liverpool than Milan’


Journalist Fabrizio Romano has dealt AC Milan a blow in their reported pursuit of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

Claudio Raimondi broke the news last Monday that the Rossoneri have joined the number of teams in the hunt to land the Germany international, who has hit 21 goals in 25 league games this season.


Werner attracting reported interest from a number of different clubs, as Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Liverpool have been credited with interest and some outlets have even claimed that they will pay his €60m release clause

Nonetheless, recent reports from SportMediaset and Tuttosport have suggested that Milan are not giving up and they believe Ralf Rangnick could tempt his pupil to follow him to Italy should the German arrive at San Siro this summer as head coach and/or sporting director.


However, Fabrizio Romano has given a brief but important update during his Q&A for Calciomercato.com. When asked about the chances of Werner landing in Serie A, he responded: “To date there are very few: Liverpool are trying to strike up a speech to sign him.”


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Chelsea join the race for Werner as they ‘made direct contact’ with the striker


Chelsea have made direct contact with Timo Werner’s camp to discuss a deal for the RB Leipzig striker, according to reports in Germany.

Liverpool have been heavily linked with a move for Werner, while reports this week claimed that Jurgen Klopp is keen to meet with the striker.


But according to Kicker, the Premier League leaders face serious competition for Werner as Chelsea have also made an approach.

Lampard made no secret of his desire to sign a new striker in the January transfer window, but Chelsea, who were heavily linked with PSG’s Cavani, were unable to get a deal over the line.


However, Lampard is expected to try again this summer and Chelsea have reportedly made an initial move for Werner.

Werner, who has a €60 million (£52m) release clause in his deal with Leipzig, was close to joining Bayern Munich last summer.

The German champions had the opportunity to sign the Germany international for just €25m, but they opted to sign Philippe Coutinho on loan from Barcelona instead.


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€60m Werner ‘more likely to join Liverpool than Milan’ with talks planned


Journalist Fabrizio Romano has dealt AC Milan a blow in their reported pursuit of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.

Claudio Raimondi broke the news last Monday that the Rossoneri have joined the number of teams in the hunt to land the Germany international, who has hit 21 goals in 25 league games this season.


Werner attracting reported interest from a number of different clubs, as Manchester United, Bayern Munich and Liverpool have been credited with interest and some outlets have even claimed that they will pay his €60m release clause

Nonetheless, recent reports from SportMediaset and Tuttosport have suggested that Milan are not giving up and they believe Ralf Rangnick could tempt his pupil to follow him to Italy should the German arrive at San Siro this summer as head coach and/or sporting director.


However, Fabrizio Romano has given a brief but important update during his Q&A for Calciomercato.com. When asked about the chances of Werner landing in Serie A, he responded: “To date there are very few: Liverpool are trying to strike up a speech to sign him.”


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Liverpool Pause Timo Werner Talks Because of Coronavirus Disruption


Liverpool have put their interest in Timo Werner on hold as they postpone all contract-related talks due to the coronavirus outbreak.

RB Leipzig star striker Werner has scored a tremendous 21 goals in just 25 Bundesliga outings this season; and would offer a different option to current central forward Roberto Firmino – who tends to play more of a role in bringing others into scoring positions than scoring himself.

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