Liverpool will be able to bring in three players in the summer transfer window with the money it will cost Chelsea to sign Timo Werner, according to Paul Robinson. Anfield had looked like the most likely destination for Werner for several months after strong speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League.
The Germany international even flirted with the idea of joining Liverpool in the media on multiple occasions.
The Reds knew other Premier League clubs were interested though and there was a deadline on Werner’s £53million release clause.
The coronavirus outbreak though, which led to the suspension of football in Europe’s top leagues, has impacted clubs financially ahead of the summer transfer window.
Plans of spending hundreds of millions on new signings to bolster squads have had to be re-evaluated and it seems Liverpool aren’t prepared to make a financial commitment to acquire Werner.
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Last week, surprise news broke that Chelsea had agreed personal terms to sign Werner on a £200,000-a-week contract.
A confirmation of the deal is expected at some point this month, taking Chelsea’s spending close to £90m having already acquired Hakim Ziyech.
Liverpool meanwhile have made it clear that they don’t have that kind of money to spend but, given the fact Adam Lallana will leave on a free and Xherdan Shaqiri is also expected to depart, Klopp will still want to make some acquisitions.
That will likely mean Klopp having to find some bargains in the transfer market.
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Werner was seen as the perfect target for Liverpool, providing ample competition for Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino.
But Robinson believes not signing Werner will in fact help Klopp target cheaper options to bolster his squad depth.
“I was surprised because it looked like it was nailed on for Liverpool,” he told Football Insider.
“Werner is a top quality player and a real goalscorer. He will be a great asset to the Premier League and it looks like it will be Chelsea.
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“But Klopp has got a lot of quality there and they will not have trouble attracting players.
“In the current market you might be able to get two or three top quality players for £50million. Liverpool might have weighed it up and think they can get three for that price in the upcoming window.”
Liverpool have been quiet in the past three transfer windows, spending just £7.25million on Takumi Minamino while Adrian was signed as a free agent.
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