Liverpool continue to be strongly linked with a move for prolific RB Leipzig striker and Germany international Timo Werner.
The 24-year-old had been enjoying a standout campaign in the Bundesliga and Champions League until both competitions were suspended last month and is one of the hottest properties in European football.
It appears inevitable that Werner – who has also established himself as the main striker at international level – will earn a big-money move in the coming years.
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But while Liverpool are the club who are rumoured to have the strongest interest, a move instead to Chelsea may prove more logical.
Liverpool’s transfer business last summer was telling. No money was spent on upgrading the first-team squad, with back-up goalkeeper and free agent Adrian San Miguel the only senior arrival. It was a clear sign that not only was Jurgen Klopp happy with his squad in terms of personnel, but also balance.
There was no need to change a system and a blend that was already working.
Of course, plans could and should change when an outstanding talent becomes available and Werner arguably falls into that bracket. Netting 88 goals for Leipzig in 150 appearances since his 2016 move from Stuttgart, his ascension to the top has been a long-time in coming.
Indeed, he has scored 27 times in just 36 appearances this campaign – three of which came in an 8-0 win over Mainz, which also included a hat-trick of assists.
Liverpool’s attacking options are already well-stocked – Werner’s theoretical arrival would mean that one of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino or Mohamed Salah would lose their regular spot, and would likely be sold. It would further limit the opportunities for Divock Origi, Xherdan Shaqiri and January signing Takumi Minamino.
By contrast, Chelsea are in need of squad reinforcement…