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RB Leipzig star Timo Werner ‘ready to join Liverpool if they pay £52million release clause’

RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner is ready to join Liverpool if the Premier League side pay his £52million release clause, according to Sky Sports.

The 24-year-old Germany star has comparable statistics with Europe’s most prominent strikers this season, smashing in 21 goals in 25 Bundesliga games this season to put Leipzig in contention for the title.

His form – which includes netting 27 goals in all competitions this campaign for Champions League quarter-finalists Leipzig – has seen him heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, who would need to pay the release clause before it expires on 15 June.

Timo Werner is ready to sign for Liverpool if they pay his £52million release clause

Timo Werner is ready to sign for Liverpool if they pay his £52million release clause

Timo Werner is ready to sign for Liverpool if they pay his £52million release clause

The RB Leipzig forward has scored a stunning 27 goals across all competitions this season

The RB Leipzig forward has scored a stunning 27 goals across all competitions this season

The RB Leipzig forward has scored a stunning 27 goals across all competitions this season 

However, the report claims that just like in the January transfer window, the Reds do not intend to make a move for Werner before his release clause expires.

The release clause was inserted into the German’s contract when he extended his deal at the Red Bull Arena last summer for another four years.

The Germany forward was close to joining Bayern Munich last summer in a £26million (30million euros) deal.

And while he is interested in a move to Anfield, Jurgen Klopp's men have a June 15 deadline

And while he is interested in a move to Anfield, Jurgen Klopp's men have a June 15 deadline

And while he is interested in a move to Anfield, Jurgen Klopp’s men have a June 15 deadline 

But sides would now have to pay double that figure to drag him away from Julian Nagelsmann’s side. 

Werner has previously hinted that he fancies a move to Merseyside, saying: ‘They have Jurgen Klopp, the best coach in the world, who is German. There are a lot of things that would suggest that my playing style might be a good fit.’

But the report claims that he will only favour a move to Liverpool as long as he gets regular playing time.

The German has long been monitored by top clubs including Barcelona and Bayern Munich after firing in 21 goals in 31 league games in 2016-17.

Werner very nearly joined Bayern Munich - who retain an interest in him - last summer

Werner very nearly joined Bayern Munich - who retain an interest in him - last summer

Werner very nearly joined Bayern Munich – who retain an interest in him – last summer

But the reigning La Liga and Bundesliga champions appeared to suffer a blow earlier this week with reports claiming he was undergoing English lessons. 

The news comes after former Liverpool manager Graeme Souness urged the club to sign Werner as a signal of intent and help motivate the squad to push for more honours in the future.

Klopp’s side have already won the Champions League last year as well as the UEFA Super Cup and the Club World Cup this season, and Souness believes adding the quality of Werner to the team will add more competition and keep their strength in depth at a high level.

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