Per a report by Sport Bild, Timo Werner’s potential move to Bayern Munich is getting closer to reality. In addition, Bayern allegedly sees Werner as a player who can contribute on the wing, so he would not just have to bid his time in waiting for Robert Lewandowski to slow down.
The report also states that Bayern wants to complete the move this summer, so that Werner would be a member of roster for the 2019/2020 season.
Timo Werner (23) and FC Bayern have already agreed on a transfer for some time according to SportBild’s information — only the timing was still undecided! The Bavarian bosses might now want to complete the transfer immediately and not after Werner’s contract ends in 2020, even if it would then be free. The reason: With Werner they would fill three rebuilding areas at once.
The Leipzig player would not only be an alternative to Robert Lewandowski (30), but also a valuable option on both outside positions, where Franck Ribery (36) and Arjen Robben (35) will have to be replaced.
In addition, Leipzig is now resigned to the fact that they will lose Werner soon and are looking to make the deal happen. Since Bayern and Werner have already agreed on wages, the only thing being debated is the final transfer fee. That agreement, however, is where the process has slowed down.
Leipzig would welcome a premature transfer to cash in. However, negotiations between the clubs have not yet taken place. Both sides are afraid: The first one to blink will pay in the end. At RB, those responsible supposedly are dreaming of a (fee) of 60 million euros. In Munich they shake their head over it. There they consider 25 million with a remaining term of one year to be realistic and see a demand of 40 million as the maximum basis for negotiations.
That seems to be a big gap in terms of a fee, but nothing that the clubs can’t work out in the coming weeks. Werner was also being pursued by Liverpool, but it looks like any last-gasp effort from Jürgen Klopp might not matter at this point.
Interestingly, SportBild also teased that a signing of Werner could have an effect on what Bayern does with James Rodriguez. If Werner makes the move, could this officially mean the end for James? This tidbit appears in the print edition of SportBild.