Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund are set to go all-in for Liverpool target Timo Werner, per reports in Bild.
German publication Bild are suggesting the BVB players are praying that RB Leipzig’s Werner joins the current Bundesliga leaders, as his future at the Red Bull-owned franchise is shadowed in doubt.
The 22-year-old’s contract runs until 2020, but Leipzig will look to cash-in on him if he does not agree to an extension this season – potentially looking at a €40million figure (around £36m) – and he has so far shown few signs that he will put pen to paper.
A decision on whether they sell or not will come in the summer, should Werner not agree to stay put before the season ends.
The German international would not be short of potential suitors if Leipzig were to chase the cash, with Bayern Munich said to have considered making a move, while Liverpool are paying attention to his situation.
As for Dortmund, Bild note that the 23-cap international would perfectly fit into what Lucien Favre is building and Die Schwarzgelben could utilise the money landed for the departure of Christian Pulisic.
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At €40milion (or £36million), it certainly should not be a case of a player going elsewhere through a lack of trying on Liverpool’s part.
The 22-year-old would be as ideal at Anfield as he would be at the Westfalenstadion, and would give the Reds the striker they need rather than playing Mohamed Salah centrally.
Salah was immense on the wing in his debut season on Merseyside, and is doing a solid job centrally, but the potent offence is lacking the same ferociousness that it held with Roberto Firmino in the middle.
As for Werner, the 5 foot 11 forward has shown at Leipzig that he can offer a complete forward, who links play beautifully when he comes short to create openings for others to slot into, but can find the net with ease thanks to a delicate yet powerful right-foot.
The Stuttgart-born sensation has found the net on 127 occasions in 263 career games, and, at the fee Bild are suggesting, is a complete steal in today’s market.