As Bayern Munich’s transfer saga with Leroy Sane lingers, RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner has been left dangling in the wind by Die Roten. The 23-year-old goal scorer has rejected multiple contract extensions from Die Roten Bullen, instead opting to wait out Bayern’s quest for Sane.
According to a report from TZ, Werner’s potential move to Bayern all hinges on what happens with the expensive Manchester City winger. Bayern Munich will not bring in both players during this transfer window:
But with the current speculation it should be clear that FC Bayern will not bring Leroy Sané and Werner at the same time. On Thursday evening, the transfer of the wing forward from Manchester City was already certain, with the initial figure being 100 million euros. According to English media reports, however, the Citizens are demanding up to €160 million for Sané, and the execution is still a long way off. Will the people of Munich be able and willing to pay this sum?
TZ also made the point that because of the exorbitant costs being associated with Sane, Bayern would not financially be willing to commit as much as RB Leipzig would want for Werner. If the pursuit of Sane fails, then Werner would likely get a quick offer:
As a reminder: FC Bayern has already spent 118 million euros on Lucas Hernandez, Benjamin Pavard and Fiete Arp. If the Sané transfer, which kicker has already reported as safe, doesn’t work out, then Munich will probably look to Leipzig again.
TZ quotes a fee of €60 million for Werner, which would not happen at this stage of the transfer window. With the Germany international’s deal expiring in 2020, RB Leipzig is at a “sell or risk losing him for nothing” crossroads with Werner. Clearly, any buyer for Werner would be able to push that figure down as Werner can walk for free next summer.
RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff also recently indicated that the club would like to move forward with a contingency plan should Werner opt to leave:
If Timo doesn’t extend, we would like to get a replacement.
Through all of this, one thing is clear: As the rest of the Bayern Munich fanbase waits on Sane, so does Timo Werner.