Red Bull Leipzig striker Timo Werner turned down a move to Liverpool last year over concerns he wouldn’t play, according to reports.
Werner has been the standout performer for RB Leipzig during their incredible rise in recent times, contributing 84 goals from his 139 appearances across all competitions for the Bundesliga high-flyers.
His displays have seen the 23-year-old become the undisputed number one choice at centre-forward for his country, and has attracted interest from all corners of Europe for his signature.
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Manchester United and Liverpool have been touted as the likeliest of suitors from the Premier League’s perspective, with Chelsea also credited with an interest.
And The Athletic claims Werner rejected Liverpool last year over concerns he wouldn’t be afforded enough playing time with Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah in his way.
That means Werner ‘will only want to join a club where he is guaranteed regular first-team football’ and the report in The Athletic adds that he is ‘one of the main names on Chelsea’s wish-list to improve their options up front’.
The release clause in his contract at Leipzig is understood to be at least €50m (£42.6m) but ‘neither the player or the club will agree to a move mid-season’.