Raphael Honigstein has said on the Ornstein and Chapman podcast that Bayern Munich have pulled out of the race to sign Timo Werner.
Liverpool have been heavily linked with Werner in recent weeks and months, as have the likes of Chelsea and the Bundesliga champions. However, Honigstein has now revealed that the Bavarians have pulled out of the race as they do not see him as the best fit.
He explained: “He has more options than he had in the summer, when he had his mind firstly set up on joining Bayern and then changed when they made absolutely no attempt to force through that deal, perhaps hoping for him to run down his existing contract, which is the preferred way of doing business for Bayern.
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“He’s sort of fallen out with Bayern, he’s disappointed. Even a couple of days ago, Hasan Salihamidzic, the Bayern sporting director, again doubled down and explained why he didn’t think Werner would be a good fit.
“That option’s gone and now it’s a case of looking at the options available, looking at who’s going to be the manager by the time he arrives in the summer. Lots of big clubs don’t even know themselves.”
It is the latest bit of news on the RB Leipzig forward, and the updates are coming thick and fast. The 23-year-old himself recently said that the Premier League is the “most interesting league“. As such, a move to England seems to be more and more likely.
This should be a boost for the Reds. Roberto Firmino is the main striker at the moment, but at 28 years old he will not be around forever. £67.5m-valued Werner – as per Transfermarkt – has managed 23 goals in 25 appearances in all competitions so far this term. The Brazil international, by comparison, has nine strikes. Werner even outdoes the Liverpool centre-forward in terms of assists as well, leading with 10 compared to nine.
A move to the Allianz Arena is often on the cards for many young German talents – just look at the transfers of the likes of Niklas Sule, Manuel Neuer and Mario Gotze over the years. With Robert Lewandowski arguably performing better than he ever has in his career – in 25 games this term, he already has 30 goals in all competitions, with his highest-scoring full campaign being 43 strikes – there is no need for them to sign a new striker.
It has previously been reported that Werner’s already expressed a reluctance to sign for Liverpool due to fears over whether he’d actually make their starting XI. But Bayern dropping out of the race may well give him second thoughts about that as a truly elite suitor disappears, and this is certainly something Klopp and the Reds can take advantage of.
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