Liverpool could still wrap up a deal for German striker Timo Werner after RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff hinted that Bayern Munich are not close to signing him.
Werner has been pinpointed as a likely replacement for Daniel Sturridge whose contract runs out at the end of the season.
Bayern were the front runners to sign the striker but it seems the Bundesliga Champions have other top targets.
BREAKING: RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff on Timo Werner: "Maybe he doesn’t even want to go to Munich. Maybe he would rather join Tuchel in Paris, Klopp at Liverpool or Favre at Dortmund." (SKY Germany) pic.twitter.com/9dwKHAhQ3g
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With Werner’s contract set to run out next year, RB Leipzig are keen on cashing in on the striker.
The 23-year-old has 16 Bundesliga goals this campaign and looks set to quit the Red Bull Arena.
He holds the record for youngest player to reach 100 and 150 Bundesliga games and has nine goals in 24 appearances for Germany since his debut in 2017.
He went on to win the Golden Boot (three goals) as Germany lifted the Confederations Cup that same year.
“The situation is still the same. Timo Werner would rather not sign an extension,” Mintzlaff told Sky, as reported by Daily Mail. “But that could change.
“I don’t think it’s completely out of the question that he could extend his deal. We haven’t talked to Bayern Munich about Timo Werner yet.
“Maybe he doesn’t even want to go to Munich. Maybe he would rather join (Thomas) Tuchel in Paris, (Jurgen) Klopp at Liverpool or (Lucien) Favre at Dortmund.”
Werner played in Saturday’s goalless draw with the Bavarian giants.
Leipzig will sign off their league campaign this weekend at Werder Bremen before the German Cup final against Bayern on May 25.