RB Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff has hinted that Liverpool could still be in the hunt for striker Timo Werner.
The German international has just one year left on his contract and has been heavily linked with a move to Bayern Munich in recent weeks.
Werner has been offered a new deal by Leipzig but Mintzlaff says he doesn’t expect the 23-year-old to stay. The club’s CEO suggested that Bayern was just one option the forward will consider:
“We haven’t spoken to Timo Werner about Bayern Munich, but what the player wanted to do was important for us as he wanted to see how the season would go.”
“Last year we certainly didn’t play football like we did in the season before. We have submitted an offer and we know that Timo would rather not extend – but that can still change.”
“Maybe he doesn’t even want to go to Munich. Maybe he wants to go to [Thomas] Tuchel in Paris or, I have no idea, maybe to Jurgen Klopp [at Liverpool] or Lucien Favre [at Dortmund].”
Whether Liverpool will invest heavily in another striker this summer, it remains to be seen. The Reds will need a replacement for the outgoing Daniel Sturridge, but any new signing will have to accept that they’ll play second fiddle to Roberto Firmino.
Another consideration is Rhian Brewster. The 19-year-old is highly rated by Klopp and the German is reluctant to put obstacles in the way of the teenager as he develops towards becoming a first-team player.