Liverpool sporting director Michael Edwards can save £18million on Timo Werner, if Jurgen Klopp is prepared to wait another year. The German international is patiently awaiting the chance to move to Anfield after making his stance clear in recent months.
While Werner respects RB Leipzig, it’s no secret that it’s his wish to join Liverpool.
They have been tracking the forward for several years now and had been drawing up plans to prise him away from the Bundesliga.
As usual, the Reds hierarchy devised a meeting to discuss summer transfer plans in which Werner’s name was firmly on the agenda.
Then there was the small interruption of a global pandemic and all transfer business is now on the back burner.
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That’s not to say Liverpool have gone quiet on Werner as they continue to weigh up whether the deal is possible.
It’s a decision that won’t be concluded anytime soon given the uncertain nature of the current financial climate.
One option that has been considered, would be waiting another year for Werner.
He is reportedly ready to put the deal on hold for 12 months and stay at RB Leipzig.
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That’s permitting he does eventually get to join Liverpool and nobody else.
According to The Athletic, Werner’s £54m release clause could drop to £36m in a year.
It would pose a kick in the teeth for Leipzig but on the flip side they get to keep him for another season and get 12 months to find his replacement.
Klopp is desperate to add another forward to his ranks this summer but he won’t pressurise the board to do so.
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Football finance expert Kieran Maguire believes Liverpool will still be able to afford Werner but they may have to think outside the box when it comes to structuring an offer.
“Very much so [they can still afford him],” he said on the Blood Red Podcast.
“Liverpool’s business model is an intriguing one in that historically when they’ve generated extra income, that’s flown straight through into Jurgen Klopp’s budget in the past few years and that money has been well spent.
“As far as it goes when it comes to cost when you’re signing someone like Werner, most deals these days are spread over a series of years.
“Although it’s a £52million potential cost and that was split into four annual instalments, they will be able to afford that with relative ease.
“I don’t see a problem in terms of the financing in terms of recruitment.
“It could be that they do try to do a swap deal and I do expect either more loans or swap deals arising simply because clubs will not want to be seen spending money with the current economical issues.”
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