Liverpool target Timo Werner set for RB Leipzig exit

Outgoing RB Leipzig manager Ralf Rangnick revealed Timo Werner has “implied” that he will not sign a new contract amid reported interest from Liverpool.

23-year-old Werner is one of the most exciting young talents in German football following a prolific three-year spell at Leipzig.

The forward has scored 61 goals and provided a further 28 assists in 113 appearances. This has played a vital part in Leipzig’s run to two top-four Bundesliga finishes in the last three seasons.

Werner’s also become a fully-fledged member of the German national team after debuting in a friendly against England in March 2017. He’s since scored nine times in 24 outings at international level.

Therefore, Champions League finalists Liverpool and Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich are set to go head-to-head for Werner’s signature in the summer following his reluctance to sign a new deal at Leipzig.

The German club have made countless attempts to persuade Werner to commit his future to them, with his existing contract to set to expire next year. Hence, a summer sale seems likely.

Although Rangnick did mention that there has been no contact from anybody over Werner just yet.

“Our position is that if he does not renew the contract, he should change clubs,” Rangnick told Doppelpass at Sport1.

“He has let us know and implied that he will not renew the contract.”

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Rangnick added: “He would first have to agree with a club and this club would have to contact RB, which has not happened to my knowledge.”

Werner’s market value is placed at €65m.

Championship the target for next season at Leipzig

LEIPZIG, GERMANY – MAY 11: The team of Leipzig seen during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and FC Bayern Muenchen at Red Bull Arena on May 11, 2019 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Hangst/Getty Images for NIKE)

Once the DFB-Pokal Cup final is over next weekend, Rangnick will step down as manager and operate as Leipzig’s sporting director after leading the club to a solid third-place finish in the Bundesliga.

Hoffenheim’s highly-rated coach Julian Nagelsmann will replace Rangnick for next season after seeing out the remainder of his contract.

Hopes are high over at the Red Bull Arena for the future, with great things expected of the exciting Nagelsmann.

“We still have two places above us in the Bundesliga. Julian said at the beginning of the season that he would like to win the championship with Hoffenheim, so I assume that he would like to do the same with us,” said Rangnick.

“Next season, we’ll try to finish one or two places higher than we did this season.

“With all due respect, I think we have a bit better players than Hoffenheim, so he will certainly have that goal with us.”

Leipzig will take on Bayern for the DFB-Pokal Cup final in Berlin next Saturday.

SINSHEIM, GERMANY – DECEMBER 23: Julian Nagelsmann manager of 1899 Hoffenheim looks on prior to the Bundesliga match between TSG 1899 Hoffenheim and 1. FSV Mainz 05 at Wirsol Rhein-Neckar-Arena on December 23, 2018 in Sinsheim, Germany. (Photo by Simon Hofmann/Bongarts/Getty Images)

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