According to Romano on Twitter, FC Bayern are “preparing an opening bid” for the RB Leipzig midfielder and their manager is pushing to complete the signing.
This is not good news for Liverpool who were linked to Laimer last month along with fellow Premier League club Manchester United. If the Reds are to secure his services then they will need to move fast.
He could be the perfect addition to their midfield and a signing for the future for manager Jurgen Klopp.
Ever since Dutch midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum left Anfield and moved to French side Paris Saint-Germain for free last summer, The Reds have been without a replacement.
Captain Jordan Henderson and veteran James Milner have filled the gap left by the 31-year old. However, they aren’t really at the same level and given their age it was always clear that the club were going to need to sign a more long term replacement.
In Laimer they could have that. The Austrian is only 24-years-old and has his best years ahead of him. He’s featured 25 times in the Bundesliga this season and been directly involved in eight goals during that time, playing a key role in Leipzig’s push to finish in a Champions League place.
He’s rated at £23.4m, and with his contract due to expire next summer, the club could try and get him for even less. The fee will make the move more attractive to Liverpool who tend not to spend as big as their rivals.
If you compare Laimer to Wijnaldum this season you can see just how talented of a player he is. His shot-creating actions per 90 minutes are impressive and he beats the Dutchman with 2.23 compared to 1.32.
He has also been described as an “elite presser” which will please Jurgen Klopp with it being a clear part of the philosophy of the Liverpool team.
They face tough competition from Bayern who are notorious for poaching top talent from other Bundesliga clubs, last year they secured the services of star defender Dayot Upamacano from Leipzig who had also been tracked by several clubs.
However, given Liverpool’s recent successes, they would make it a difficult decision for the player.