Inter Milan chief hints Liverpool target Timo Werner has made transfer decision

Timo Werner may already have decided his next career move amid interest from Liverpool.

The Red Bull Leipzig striker is being linked with clubs across Europe ahead of this summers transfer window.

Liverpool remain the front runners for his signature, while the likes of Chelsea and Man Utd are also in contention.

But it seems Werner's stance on a transfer is already putting off other potential suitors, as Inter Milan's sporting director Piero Ausilio ruled out a move for the player.

"Timo Werner will not come to Inter," he told Sky Sports. "I know his thoughts about his future and we’ll not sign him.

"I love him as a player but we’ve never started talks to sign him."

Ausilio's comments suggest Werner has already made a decision over his future.

The 24-year-old has made it clear previously that his preference is to join Liverpool, and Jurgen Klopp has reportedly held talks with Werner over video conference since lockdown began.

Werner has been in red-hot form since the Bundesliga returned this month, scoring a hat-trick last time out in a 5-0 win over Mainz.

The player's £52million release clause remains a sticking point though, as it expires on June 15, and Liverpool are only happy to go to £30m to land their target.

The clause drops to £35m next year, but Liverpool feel the impact of the coronavirus pandemic has already lessened his value.

Leipzig are in no mood to budge on their figure though, with chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff making clear they will not be offering any discounts on Werner in light of the crisis.

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Timo Werner and girlfriend ‘pondering’ Liverpool move as RB Leipzig boss provides update

RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann says striker Timo Werner is considering leaving the Bundesliga this summer amid rumours Liverpool are weighing up whether to activate his £52million release clause.

Werner has continued his rich goalscoring form since the German top-flight returned to action amid the coronavirus pandemic.

The 24-year-old netted a hat-trick against Mainz at the weekend which only sparked further excitement on Merseyside.

Jurgen Klopp was thought to be close to an agreement with Werner before the coronavirus crisis.

It is unclear how Liverpool’s summer budget will be affected by the loss of revenue in recent months.

Nagelsmann claims his star will be thinking with his partner, 23-year-old Julia Nagler, about joining the Premier League leaders.

“He is in a good mood, feels good and trains well,” Nagelsmann told Sport Bild.

“I do not have the impression that he is carrying a large cross with him. But he is a young guy who is sure to sit at home with his girlfriend and ponder whether he will stay or change.

“When the question is in the room, you are always a little bit somewhere else. It was no different for me than when in Hoffenheim, it was about whether I go away.

“It is more obvious with strikers, because then there are phases in which they do not score.”

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Werner has flirted with a move to Liverpool with his comments in recent times.

He said: “I know that Liverpool is the best team at the moment in the world.

“When you’re linked with that team it makes me very proud.

“It’s a pleasure but I know that Liverpool have a lot of good players and I have to improve myself, to learn much more things to get on this level to play there.”

Meanwhile, former forward Tony Cascarino thinks there could be an issue with Werner moving to Anfield.

He said: “If he were to leave RB Leipzig it would need to be for a club similar to the style of Nagelsmann’s team. In the Premier League, that’s Liverpool.

“They are the team who get three or four players into advanced attacking positions in every move.

“But I can’t see him forcing his way into the starting line-up ahead of [Mohamed] Salah, Sadio Mane or Roberto Firmino.”

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Owen Hargreaves makes Timo Werner and Fernando Torres comparison

Owen Hargreaves believes Timo Werner will be looking at how Liverpool star Fernando Torres flopped at Chelsea when he's deciding on whether his future lies at Anfield or Stamford Bridge.

Jurgen Klopp and Frank Lampard are expected to become embroiled in a £52million arm wrestle for RB Leipzig's coveted striker in the summer.

And former Bayern Munich, Manchester United and England midfielder Hargreaves says Werner must choose the best fit.

Hargreaves, now a pundit for BT Sport recalled how Torres failed to hit the heights after swapping Liverpool for Chelsea in a £50million deal in 2011.

He said: “I think Timo Werner is going to score goals wherever he goes, but I believe his decision will come down to personnel.

“Timo will now be doing his homework on who will be a good fit for his game.

“We saw this with Fernando Torres when he left Liverpool. The way they played – an incredibly defensive team with Stevie Gerrard playing those balls through the middle.

“It was a match made in heaven.

“Then Torres went to Chelsea, a team that had a lot of slow possession and there was no space for him to run into.

“In the end, that’s not a great fit. Fernando was a super player and Chelsea were a super team – but you have got to play to a player's strengths.

“I think Timo Werner is that type, the Fernando Torres type, where he is super explosive. He will run away from anyone.

“Having that ability to run in behind and into that space, it would suit his game – and Liverpool can do that.

“They counter and transition better than anyone. He would suit Liverpool.”

Werner, 24, has scored 28 goals for club and country this season.

Leipzig are once again on course for a top-four finish in the Bundesliga and are through to the quarter-finals of the Champions League for the first time after destroying Tottenham.

The German club have said they will not stand in the striker's way if he wants to leave – and Werner is known to be a huge admirer of Klopp.

Hargreaves added: “Timo Werner is a goalscorer – and he will score goals in the Premier League.

“He has just got to make sure that he gets the right club.

“I am sure that is what he is doing now, making sure he makes the move that is right for him.”

Werner began his career with hometown club Stuttgart – and became the club's youngest-ever goalscorer when he found the target in a Europa League qualifier against Botev Plovdiv at the age of 17 years and 23 days in August 2013.

He played more than 100 games for Stuttgart before Leipzig tempted him away in a club-record £9million deal in 2016.

Werner was the youngest player to make 50, 100, 150 and 200 appearances in the Bundesliga

He has represented Germany at every level from Under-15s, with his 29 senior international appearances bringing him 11 goals.

There have been suggestions that the financial implications of the covid-19 pandemic on the transfer market may force Liverpool to hold off on making a move for the striker for another 12 months.

That would open the door for Chelsea.

Lampard has bemoaned his young team's lack of firepower this season and signing the man who scored three goals to win the Golden Boot at the 2017 Confederations Cup would address that issue.

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Timo Werner "would love to play for Jurgen Klopp" at Liverpool

Timo Werner would "love to play under Jurgen Klopp" at Liverpool.

That's according to former Premier League striker Jan Aage Fjortoft, who says Klopp's connection to Germany puts him in the driving seat to sign the forward.

Werner is a long-term Liverpool transfer target, and has previously spoken out on his admiration for Klopp and what he has achieved at Anfield.

The RB Leipzig star is one of a few forwards on Liverpool's radar, alongside Kylian Mbappe and Jadon Sancho, but Fjortoft reckons Werner is the most likely to sign.

Fjortoft told The Kopite Podcast: "The reason I started thinking it was very interesting, Timo Werner to Liverpool, is of course the connection Jurgen has got to Germany.

"We should never underestimate the pulling power of a manager.

Of my standard, when Bryan Robson called me and he was the manager of Middlesbrough and I was at Swindon I said 'yes'.

"And I remember that with Kenny Dalglish when he was at Blackburn and suddenly he got [Alan] Shearer and Chris Sutton, he got a lot of players going there.


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Werner’s opinion of Liverpool stars Mane, Mo Salah and Firmino

Timo Werner reportedly has huge respect for Liverpool's front-three – and would expect to initially play a bit-part if he was to sign.

Werner has been strongly linked with a move to Liverpool for some time, and there is growing speculation that the Reds will soon trigger his release clause.

The German is widely considered to be one of the world's most promising young forwards, and is the first name on Julian Nagelsmann's RB Leipzig team-sheet.

But Werner knows better than anyone he will no longer be a big fish in a small pond should he sign for Liverpool – in fact, he'll be quite the opposite.

Liverpool's front three of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino are the first names on Jurgen Klopp's team-sheet.

And, according to Sky Sports, Werner knows he'll have to bide his time before usurping one of the trio.

The German acknowledged this when discussing Liverpool's interest in him following his side's win over Tottenham in the Champions League.


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