Just days after RB Leipzig slammed the door shut on Real Madrid, their gifted 21-year-old striker Timo Werner opened it for Liverpool. Metro reports the German international as declaring he wanted to play for a “big club” before proceeding to list nine clubs who fulfilled this criteria, including his two more persistent suitors, Real Madrid and Liverpool.
RB Leipzig were adamant earlier in the week that they would not lose Werner to Real this year, and are determined to begin negotiations on a contract which will tie down the starlet for several seasons yet.
Werner doesn’t seem as convinced. “We have not yet come to terms with the development at Leipzig,” he said of their meteoric rise through German football to the Champions League.
“Perhaps RB will be a big club too. I am quite sure,” while optimistic, is hardly a ringing endorsement of the future.
The other clubs identified by Werner were all outside of Germany which suggests the striker doesn’t see himself at either Dortmund or Bayern. Completing his list of big clubs are Barcelona and Atletico Madrid in Spain, along with the Premier League elite of Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham, Manchester United and Manchester City
Liverpool established a pattern of business which Leipzig may hold Werner to. Naby Keita, 22, joins the Reds in 2018 with the fee and premium already paid to last season’s Bundesliga runners-up.
The question is whether they are prepared to wait once again or pay a sum which frees Werner immediately?