‘If Werner leaves there would be a big gap. It’s like if Lewandowski leaves Bayern’: RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann admits losing star striker would be a huge blow as Manchester United and Liverpool eye £53m move
- Nagelsmann says star leaving Leipzig would be like Bayern losing Lewandowski
- The 24-year-old has scored 30 goals in all competitions for Leipzig this season
- Werner has been linked with Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Liverpool
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann says Timo Werner will make the final decision on his future, and compared the possibility of losing his striker to Robert Lewandowski leaving Bayern Munich.
The 24-year-old has been linked with Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Liverpool amid reports he has a €60 million (£53m) release clause in his contract.
The Germany international has scored 30 goals in all competitions for Leipzig this season and Nagelsmann admitted his departure would be a huge blow.
Striker Timo Werner has scored 30 goals in all competitions for Leipzig this season
‘Of course you have conversations from time to time, but I have not spoken to him about that in the recent past,’ Nagelsmann told a news conference ahead of Leipzig’s clash with Cologne.
‘I think he now has 34 goals and assists [this season]. I think you have to mention that I would like to keep him. That is an extraordinary quality.
‘If he leaves for the next season there would be a big gap. It’s like if Robert Lewandowski leaves Bayern Munich. Nobody shouts ‘Hurray!’ there either, I think. They’re clearly weakened then, and it’s the same with us.
The 24-year-old has been linked with Bayern Munich, Manchester United and Liverpool
‘That we’d like to keep him is completely normal. He has an exit clause until a certain date – I honestly don’t know when – and if a club comes along and he agrees with them by then, then that’s the way it is.’
It was reported in The Athletic this month that Werner is so desperate to join Liverpool that if the coronavirus outbreak ruins prospects of an Anfield switch this year, he will stay in Germany and revisit the move next summer.
They claim Klopp spoke personally to Werner earlier this year and that the 24-year-old believes Anfield is the best place for him to continue his career, but acknowledges he may have to wait 12 months.
Football clubs across the globe are still learning the true financial impact of the coronavirus outbreak on the game and there is a very real possibility Liverpool will not carry out any business at all in the next transfer window.
RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann says Werner will make the final decision on his future
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