Liverpool have been keeping watch of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner but reports in Spain claim Real Madrid have been offered a deal to take the German to the Bernabeu.
Jurgen Klopp is in need of more attackers this summer as he will lose Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane for large periods of next season due to the African Cup of Nations.
Werner has been monitored by the Reds all season and he has a relatively cheap £51million release clause which must be met by June.
However, Diario Madridista claims Real have been offered the 23-year-old as Leipzig look to build good relations with the La Liga giants.
Zinedine Zidane is said to be a fan of Werner, who has scored 21 goals in 24 appearances this season.
But there are thought to be other targets above Werner on Real’s shortlist.
Diario Madridista claim Borussia Dortmund’s Erlign Braut Haaland is top of Los Blancos’ wishlist after continuing his impressive form in the Bundesliga.
Dortmund beat Manchester United to the signing of Haaland from Red Bull Salzburg in January.
It is unlikely the 19-year-old will leave the Westfalenstadion just six months after leaving Austria.
Therefore Zidane could turn to Werner, especially if the release fee is below his valuation.
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Meanwhile, former Tottenham and Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov thinks Werner would be more suited to joining Bayern Munich instead of Liverpool.
“There have been reports about Bayern Munich’s interest in Timo Werner, and having played in the Bundesliga, Munich are up there with the biggest names like Real Madrid, Manchester United, Barcelona, Manchester City, Juventus and so on,” Berbatov told Betfair.
“Every season they are up there in the Champions League and they have been dominant in Germany.
“To be honest, it looks like a sensible move for Werner, he knows the league, they know him there, he can get used to his surroundings a lot easier.”
However, Berbatov does not think Liverpool will be too gutted if they miss out on Werner.
“When you are a player in that position and a few teams want you, it feels good but it can make your head spin and you get sleepless nights because you want to make the right decision,” the Bulgarian continued.
“I don’t think Liverpool will miss out if he doesn’t move to Merseyside, their front three are so good.
“I don’t see many players coming close to them at the moment, the way they link up, the way they switch positions is so phenomenal.
“It’s hard to see someone else fitting in the way they do.”
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