Liverpool learn of Timo Werner transfer clause but Man Utd, Barcelona could cause problem

Liverpool are keen to open talks over the transfer of Timo Werner ahead of the summer window but Manchester United and Barcelona are also keen on the RB Leipzig striker.

The 24-year-old has been in superb form this season, netting 27 goals and providing 12 assists in all competitions.

And The Athletic claim Werner has a £51million release clause in his contract but it has to be agreed before a deadline in April.

Werner would fit Liverpool’s style well with his pace, fitness and proven goalscoring ability.

But Barcelona and United would also be significantly improved if they signed the Germany international.

However, any deal for Werner is on hold because of the coronavirus crisis, according to the same report.

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Transfer business has been put in the background as clubs try and look after their players and get through the pandemic.

Werner has hinted he would like to play for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool with his recent comments.

“There’s one of the best managers in the world with Jurgen Klopp, and he is also German,” said Werner, speaking to Sky Germany.

“Many things suggest that I would maybe fit in (at Liverpool) very well with my playing style.

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“But I don’t think about that at the moment because we have so much to do with Leipzig.”

Werner insists he is not being distracted by speculation over his future.

“I won’t rule out anything,” added Werner. “We have the European Championship in the summer, I want to focus on that tournament.

“About everything else I will think after the season.”

Liverpool were 25 points clear at the top of the Premier League table before football was suspended because of the coronavirus crisis.

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It is unclear whether the season will continue or whether the campaign will eventually be voided.

Liverpool boss Klopp released an important message to fans amid the COVID-19 pandemic as football was halted.

He told the club’s website: “I don’t think this is a moment where the thoughts of a football manager should be important, but I understand for our supporters they will want to hear from the team and I will front that.

“First and foremost, all of us have to do whatever we can to protect one another. In society I mean. This should be the case all the time in life, but in this moment I think it matters more than ever.

“I’ve said before that football always seems the most important of the least important things. Today, football and football matches really aren’t important at all.

“Of course, we don’t want to play in front of an empty stadium and we don’t want games or competitions suspended, but if doing so helps one individual stay healthy – just one – we do it no questions asked.

“If it’s a choice between football and the good of the wider society, it’s no contest. Really, it isn’t.”

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