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Liverpool’s advances to sign Timo Werner were well documented, as it was also well known that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp had held conversations with the German international.
However, despite all Liverpool’s attempts, it was Chelsea who eventually won the signature of the highly coveted forward.
Liverpool were believed to be front runners in the race for Werner, but reports at the time claimed that the Reds declined to trigger the £49m release clause in Timo Werner’s contract, which was eventually triggered by Chelsea.
Why the aforementioned report is believed to be true, further reports have now revealed the full extent of Liverpool’s purchase of Werner. According to reports, at no time did Liverpool ever back out of the race for Werner, but they only tried to play smart in their pursuit of the 24-year-old striker.
Liverpool were unwilling to pay Werner’s release clause in full and wanted to negotiate a lower fee with Leipzig for the striker.
90min revealed in late May that Liverpool had fired a warning to the Bundesliga side to lower the asking price or they would start looking at alternative targets. But this was an attempt to force Leipzig into selling Werner to them for cheap. But it didn’t really move the German club.
Liverpool wanted to pay only £40m for Werner, hoping that threat of a £36m release clause coming into effect in 2021 would put enough pressure on Leipzig to make them yield.
Liverpool had hoped to use the current climate to get a reduced fee for Werner, but Chelsea didn’t take any chances as the Blues jumped in and made the swoop. The rest we can now say is history.
On July 1, Timo Werner will officially become a Chelsea player, and we love it.