Liverpool have been tipped to offer a swap deal for Timo Werner, should they feel unable to finance a deal with RB Leipzig. The Reds were believed to be closing in on their number one target until COVID-19 called football to a halt.
The Anfield hierarchy have put all transfer dealings on the back burner while they concentrate on finishing the Premier League season.
Jurgen Klopp’s side need just six points to be crowned champions as the league closes in on a return next month following its suspension in March.
There has been some suggestion that the coronavirus crisis could have a huge impact on the transfer market.
Clubs will no longer feel obliged to sell their best players given that they may not have money to spend.
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Liverpool are now predicted to have a quiet summer, but Timo Werner is the one name that will not go away.
His name seems to follow the Reds given his strong desire to move to Merseyside and he has not given up hope that a deal can be completed just yet.
Football finance expert Kieran Maguire claims that Liverpool can still afford Werner, but Michael Edwards may have to structure a transfer smartly.
He told the Blood Red Podcast: “Very much so [they can still afford him].
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“Liverpool’s business model is an intriguing one in that historically when they’ve generated extra income, that’s flown straight through into Jurgen Klopp’s budget in the past few years and that money has been well spent.
“As far as it goes when it comes to cost when you’re signing someone like Werner, most deals these days are spread over a series of years.
“Although it’s a £52million potential cost and that was split into four annual instalments, they will be able to afford that with relative ease.
“I don’t see a problem in terms of the financing in terms of recruitment.
“It could be that they do try to do a swap deal and I do expect either more loans or swap deals arising simply because clubs will not want to be seen spending money with the current economical issues.”
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RB Leipzig sporting director Markus Krosche believes it’s difficult to predict Werner’s future given the uncertainty surrounding the market.
“It is clear that Timo has attracted interest from other clubs for his great performances with his goals and assists,” Krosche told Sport1.
“England has the same problems as we do. The crisis affects not just one league, it has a global impact, and we cannot say whether things will be the same in six months.
“Everything is possible. We do not know how the transfer market is developing. We are looking into a very foggy glass ball.
“We do not know what our resources are and what the other clubs have in terms of opportunities.”
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