Liverpool in bidding war for 24-year-old German goal machine

The Merseyside giants target Timo Werner will not be moving to Inter Milan this summer confirms the Nerazzurri’s sporting director, who says the player has made up his mind about his future. Germany international has been heavily linked with a departure from RB Leipzig this summer, with Reds leading the race for his signature.

Barcelona and Inter Milan have also been linked with Timo, but the Nerazzurri have ruled themselves out of the battle through sporting director Piero Ausilio. ‘Werner will not come to Inter Milan,’ Ausilio said.

This is another boost for the Reds in the pursuit for Werner and Liverpool know that they can sign the prolific striker if they are willing to stump up his £53m release clause. The 24-year-old centre-forward is reportedly keen on a move to Liverpool, but the Reds must make their move before 15 June as his release clause expires on that date.

Given his 91 goals in 153 matches for Bundesliga giants and a deal that runs till 2023, a negotiated fee is liable to be much higher than the current release clause, so it is in Reds interests to act if they want to do a deal.

Reds coach Jurgen Klopp is a big fan of Timo, and the club are keen to do the deal, but the economic uncertainty of the covid crisis has hampered things, while his place in the starting line-up also stays unconfirmed, with Mo Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino set as the front three currently.

Chelsea and Man United have also been credited with an interest in the German centre-forward and if Reds dally, either could look to pounce.