Liverpool ‘are close’ to signing German goal-machine Werner ahead of Arsenal and Man United?

Transfer expert Ian McGarry claims Liverpool are close to signing RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner ahead of rivals Manchester United and Arsenal.

Werner joined Leipzig from Stuttgart in 2016 and has since scored 60 goals in 108 appearances and his performances for the German side have alerted a number of Europe’s top clubs to his growing talents.

Both United and Arsenal have been linked with mega money moves to land the talented German over the past few months, as Gunners boss Unai Emery wants to add another forward to keep his star duo up top on their toes, while Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is seeking a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who has not been impressive this season.

The Germany striker is out of contract at the end of next season and despite the interest from RB to keep hold of the striker, he has decided that he wants to leave the club at the end of the season and test himself at the highest level.

And McGarry has claimed that it will be Liverpool that win the chase to nail down his services at the end of the season.

He said: “This (Werner) is a guy who since he signed from Stuttgart in 2016 has scored 60 goals in only 108 appearances – so he’s got a very good goals-to-games ratio. (He’s a) 23-year-old German international, has been interesting Liverpool for a long time.

“As we all know on the Transfer Window Podcast, and our educated listeners know this as well, when a player refuses to sign a new contract it’s usually because he’s got an agreement in place somewhere else.

“My information is Liverpool are very close to agreeing personal terms with Werner.

“Obviously they have been lacking a natural No 9 out-and-out striker for some time.”

Liverpool will have a ton of money to play with during the summer transfer window, as they know they need to improve on what they currently have at their respective clubs, so offering the German a big wage will not be much of an issue.

The Premier League would be a very tempting place for the young man to ply his trade, and if Liverpool are indeed close to secureing a transfer deal, it will only improve what Klopp has at his disposal.

However, there are a number of clubs from the Premier League, Seria A and Spain which are also showing a keen interest in offering the lad a move away from RB and it will be very interesting to see just where he ends up, as he will have plenty of options on the table.

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