Liverpool look like they may have a free run on Timo Werner with Inter Milan yet to show any intent in the race for the forward. The Italians appeared to be the only club willing to rival the Reds this summer, but it has now been revealed by Fabrizio Romano that the club’s hierarchy have gone quiet over the prospect of a deal for the RB Leipzig frontman.
The news will be gratefully received at Anfield given that it makes sporting director Michael Edwards’ job a lot easier.
The capture of Werner would be one of his finest coups to date and there is huge optimism that the European champions will get the deal over the line.
Yesterday there were reports from Germany that Jurgen Klopp is planning face-to-face talks with the striker to sell him the project.
Those plans have been placed on hold for the meantime though until the continent recovers from the coronavirus.
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While Liverpool have suspended all transfer activity until normality has resumed, the door is open for other clubs to pounce on a deal for Werner.
But according to Romano, the chances of Werner moving to Italy are almost nil.
“To date there are very few,” he told Calciomercato in a Q&A,
“Liverpool are trying to strike up a speech to take it with them.”
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Inter forward Lautaro Martinez is Barcelona’s top target heading into the transfer window.
The Catalans are hellbent on the Argentine and seem willing to spend over £100million to land him.
They view him as a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez, who is coming to the end of his career.
Inter are now facing the prospect of having to replace him and Werner is one of the players that has been discussed in the boardroom.
It’s common knowledge that Liverpool are already at the front of the queue though and Werner himself has openly talked up a move to Anfield.
“Yes I know that Liverpool is the best team in the moment in the world and when you’re linked with the team, it makes me very proud,” he told Viasport.
“In case of that, it’s a pleasure, but I know that in Liverpool play a lot of good players and I have to improve myself to learn much more things to get on this level to play there.”
Werner has a release clause of around £50million which is due to expire on June 15.
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