RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff says Liverpool and Bayern Munich are going head-to-head in the race to sign Timo Werner, according to the Metro.
It is reported that Bayern are eyeing the 23-year-old as Robert Lewandowski’s long-term successor, but a move to Anfield could be likely with Mintzlaff saying: “Maybe he doesn’t even want to go to Munich. Maybe he wants to go to [Thomas] Tuchel in Paris or, I have no idea, maybe to Jurgen Klopp [at Liverpool] or Lucien Favre [at Dortmund].”
Although Leipzig are assured of their place in next season’s Champions League, it looks unlikely that Werner will be at the Red Bull Arena come the start of the next campaign.
The former VfB Stuttgart man is one of the most sought after strikers in European football and, with his contract set to expire at the end of next season, Leipzig have the choice of either selling their star striker in the next two transfer windows or risk losing him for nothing.
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With 16 goals in 30 Bundesliga appearances this season, Werner has been key to his sides third-place finish.
Predominantly operating as part of a front two, he has also featured as a left and right forward in games this season.
At 20 years and 203 days, Werner holds the record for being the youngest player to reach 100 Bundesliga appearances – aided by 95 appearances for Stuttgart between 2013 and 2016.
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