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Report: Liverpool leads in race to sign Werner

Report: Liverpool takes lead in race to sign Timo Werner

February 12, 2020 By Emmanuel K. Budu-Annor
The Reds have emerged front-runners in the pursuit for the attacker's signature.

Premier League leaders Liverpool have been identified as favorites to sign RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, a report from Germany has revealed. The Reds have been tipped among a host of suitors to secure the service of the in-form attacker and are hopeful of completing a deal in the summer.

Werner currently ranks as one of the hottest properties in European football having been instrumental in Leipzig's rise in the Bundesliga as well as the UEFA Champions League this season. Currently, the former Stuggart attacker has scored 25 goals in 30 appearances across all competitions and saw his efforts rewarded with the Bundesliga Player of the months of November and December award.

His uprising has brought a host of top European clubs circling around Leipzig with the optimism of securing his service. Back in January, German media outlets revealed interest from Real Madrid with Bayern Munich, Barcelona, Chelsea and Liverpool also believed to be monitoring the player.

Nevertheless, Bild has enough to believe that Jurgen Klopp's Reds have a upper hand in the pursuit of Werner who will be available to leave Leipzig in the summer for 60 million euros, thanks to a release clause. In their account, the European champions are keen on adding the 23-year-old forward to their squad given that they could be without Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane in January and February 2021.

With the Africa Cup of Nations being moved back to January, the pair are expect to depart mid-way in the season to be with their respective national teams. And should that happen, Liverpool will be short-handed in attack as Roberto Firmino, Xherdan Shaqiri, Divock Origi and Takumi Minamino will be the only first-team members remaining. An injury or suspension to any of the quartet could pose problems for the side.

Meanwhile, Werner's RB Leipzig have weighed in on speculations linking him with a departure to Liverpool this summer. The Bundesliga outfit issued a rabble-rousing post on social media to address the issue of his switch to Anfield, claiming that their player is heading to Tottenham instead.

In hindsight, the Werner will be part of the delegation that will make the trip to the Tottenham Stadium on February 19 when RB Leipzig and Spurs go head-to-head in the first leg of their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie.

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