Liverpool have decided to end their pursuit of German striker Timo Werner.
The league champions elect have had a long-standing interest in the 24 year old German international who has publicly expressed his admiration for the Merseyside club.
However, price has become a major sticking point. His current club RB Leipzig are refusing to budge from his release price of £50 million, a valuation that the Anfield side would have been prepared to meet in normal times.
However, with Liverpool now looking at a substantial fall in revenue because of the coronavirus outbreak, they believe that Werner’s value has decreased in line with prevailing market conditions, and that he is now worth no more than £30 million.
Some at the club also believe there is a moral angle involved as well. With many of the club’s supporters own livelihoods badly affected by the crisis, it seems inappropriate at such a time for the club to be splashing out so much money on one player.
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.