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RB Leipzig waffling on a sale of Timo Werner?

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Leipzig probably wants to keep Timo Werner, but the financial reality of the situation makes this seem like a late negotiating ploy.

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RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner has been one of the Bundesliga’s top scorers this season and will allegedly be one of the primary targets of Bayern Munich on the transfer market as soon as the DFB-Pokal finale ends.

Leipzig, however, is reportedly not so keen to let the talented 23-year-old walk away so easily. In what is likely a thinly veiled negotiating tactic, sporting director/coach Ralf Rangnick said he could envision having Werner back for another season, despite the fact that the Stuttgart-native could potentially walk away on a free transfer during the summer of 2020.

Per Sky Sports, Die Roten Bullen is toying with the idea of keeping Werner around even with the inherent risk of losing the Germany international for nothing.

It’s not our desired scenario, but I can’t rule it out.

Bild then backed up that claim as it captured Rangnick speaking about Werner potentially playing under incoming coach Julian Nagelsmann next season.

We will see in summer whether Timo will leave — or whether he will shoot us into the Champions League again under Julian Nagelsmann.

With Bayern reportedly ready to open its checkbook for Werner, Leipzig is going to want to do its best to maximize any profit it can with a sale of Werner, who has 19 goals and 11 assists in 36 games across all competitions this season.

The threat of letting a talent like Werner walk on a free transfer seems laughable given his performance this season. While Rangnick and the rest of the Leipzig brass may let their minds wander a bit when picturing how Nagelsmann could possibly extract the best of Werner next season, the club’s own coffers will likely rule the day in an effort to generate some quality income by selling the star this summer.