RB Leipzig has reportedly offered Timo Werner a surprising new proposal to ponder. The potential deal would almost double Werner’s salary to €6 million per year and includes an exit clause for 10 clubs, including Bayern Munich, FC Barcelona, Liverpool, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Juventus, and Paris Saint-Germain among others, per a report that originally appear behind Bild’s paywall (details captured by Liverpool site, Rousing the Kop).
The financial incentive for Werner, who currently makes €3.1 million per year, is obvious. For Leipzig, the club would have a €70 million release clause to protect its economic interest in the Germany international.
In addition, The Daily Express captured ESPN FC’s Raphael Honigstein’s television appearance yesterday where the pundit could not see a way that Werner leaves Leipzig at this stage as Honigstein thinks Werner’s price might have escalated.
I’m not sure I’ve got the answer. I think he’s still most likely to stay at Leipzig at this point. I think Bayern and Liverpool are keeping him on the stove, keeping him warm, to see if they want to make a big move. What’s happened is Leipzig have told him to hurry up and make up his mind. I’m thinking if he’d already got something lined up Leipzig would know by now. It seems as if things are going on but there’s perhaps not quite that demand for a player who is going to command almost €100m in fees. So I think he might still stay.
While Honigstein noted that Bayern and Liverpool were the likely favorites to land Werner, Leipzig’s latest proposal might throw a wrench into those plans.