Liverpool have dismissed claims they have an agreement with Timo Werner.
And the Merseyside club has made clear once more, they are not interested in the Germany international at his current asking price of more than £50m.
The Reds have take a clear stance on this summer’s transfer business. With huge fixed costs of all their top players on long term, big money contracts, and with a serious cash flow deficit caused by the Coronavirus crisis, they have little spare transfer cash.
And with most other top clubs across Europe in a similar situation, that will make selling players to raise funds much harder in the coming months.
Whilst rumours still abound linking the Reds to a massive splash in the transfer window, sources at the club laugh at such a possibility.
And that means Werner, who has been a long term target for Liverpool and their manager Jurgen Klopp, is off the radar as things stand – a situation that has been made clear to his club RB Leipzig.
It also means they won’t move unless an agreement – or situation such as a form of loan deal – can be reached which seriously reduces the fee.
The striker’s German club though, have remained steadfast in their insistence that the asking price is the release clause contained in the player’s contract which runs until June 15 – a figure of €60m.
Unless something changes dramatically, that would rule out a deal this summer. If that is the case, the player himself is thought to be ready to run down his contract further, taking himself to under a year left on his deal next summer.
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Claims were circulating that the English club had an agreement with the player, but no such accord can be reached until any fee is agreed with a selling club, and Liverpool are still painfully conscious of the furore caused by their pursuit of Virgil van Dijk.
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