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‘Leipzig will not spend big to replace Werner’

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RB Leipzig won’t spend big to replace outgoing star Timo Werner, according to the club’s managing director, Oliver Mintzlaff.

Replacing Werner forward poses a real headache for Julian Nagelsmann and his team.

The German forward had an impressive final season at the club, scoring 34 goals in 45 games in all competitions this season.

Werner left Leipzig on a high, scoring 95 goals to become the club’s all-time scorer.

A new challenge awaits the 24-year-old where he’ll be starring for Chelsea next season.

It’s only ideal Leipzig would go all out to replace their once prolific forward this summer. However, clubs have been hit by the financial consequences of the coronavirus crisis and Leipzig director Mintzlaff claims the club will be looking for value for money in his replacement.

“We will act a little more cautiously in the transfer market than we did in the past – we will spend far less than we got for Timo Werner.” Mintzlaff told Kicker.

He also confirmed that players and staff would continue to take pay cuts in order to help the club manage the crisis.

“The manager, sporting director and management will not change anything until the end of the year,” he said.

“Since it is clear that we are not going to start the new season in front of a sold-out stadium, I am assuming that the team will once again make its contribution.

“It is probably an illusion to think that we could still play in a sold-out stadium this year. That is why we are currently expecting to lose over €20 million (£18m/$23m).”

Werner has already been tipped to reach great heights at Chelsea.