It’s no secret that RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner has been heavily linked with a potential move to either Bayern Munich or Liverpool during the next transfer window. Both clubs are keen on bringing in the striker by virtue of activating his release clause in his contract with Leipzig, which currently runs through 2023. Both Jurgen Klopp and Hansi Flick are massive fans of Werner’s and both see him as a perfect fit in their respective squads. Per Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff, though, neither club has yet contacted Die Roten Bullen about a potential transfer for Werner.
In a recent interview with German outlet General Anzieger (via Goal), Mintzlaff revealed that Leipzig has not yet received any sort of official contact from either Liverpool or Bayern. Mintzlaff also feels that it would be in Werner’s best interest to stay at Leipzig for the time being:
Neither Jurgen Klopp nor [Bayern chairman] Karl-Heinz Rummenigge contacted me. We are happy that we were able to extend the contract with him until 2023. He played a really strong first half of the season. We also believe that we are still a very good stage for Timo Werner on which to develop as a Germany international.
It’s been suggested that had it not been for the coronavirus pandemic, Klopp would have already met with Werner by now to discuss a potential transfer, with permission from RB Leipzig.
Bayern did come close to acquiring Werner last summer, but then he was convinced enough by Julian Nagelsmann and Leipzig’s front office to sign a contract extension just after this season had started. His fixed release clause is roughly €50-60 million, so depending on what pans out with Leroy Sane and/or Kai Havertz, Werner could prove to be the most realistic option for Flick and Bayern, assuming he’d want to come to Munich instead of Liverpool.
As long as it’s deemed safe enough by all of the appropriate governing bodies, the DFL has plans to resume matches next month in Geisterspiele, or “ghost games” fashion. Leipzig currently sit 5 points behind Bayern in 3rd place in the table, but Mintzlaff feels that Leipzig’s focus should place more emphasis on securing a Champions League spot for next season instead of challenging Bayern for the Bundesliga title:
It is now important for us not to deal with the championship, but to focus on the fact that we qualify for the Champions League again. This will be difficult enough because there are at least five teams fighting for these places.
He’s also of the opinion that not finishing the current season would be disastrous for a lot of clubs in Germany, so he wants to see the season finish one way or another:
That would be an absolute disaster because it could lead many clubs to bankruptcy. We love the diversity of the Bundesliga and every fan wants it to continue. Therefore we want to do everything possible to prevent this disaster.