The Red Bull Leipzig striker has been frequently associated with a move to Anfield this summer, which has a £ 52 million release clause in his contract.
Liverpool’s admiration for Werner is well known – and it remains to be seen whether they will materialize their interest in the player.
However, the coronavirus lockdown has ended elite football across the UK and Europe, which has complicated matters related to the transfer.
Mixed messages have emerged from the Leipzig camp about the future of the 24-year-old, the player himself openly speaking about Liverpool’s interest in the past while his club has publicly declared that it would like to keep it.
But Spain now suggests that Barcelona and the Reds may be involved in a domino transfer effect that could define the next window.
New reports in the Spanish media Mundo Deportivo claim that Barça has identified Werner as an “alternative” option this summer, if they did not sign Lautaro Martinez of Inter Milan.
Martinez is said to cost more than € 111 million (£ 97 million), almost double the price Werner asked for.
The report adds that Barcelona will sign on to sign Werner if Inter remains determined in its asking price for Martinez.
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It has been reported on Sky Sports that Barcelona will offer two players to sign Martinez on the cheap, Nelson Semedo and Carlos Alena to be offered in a partial exchange.
Martinez would be keen to move to the Nou camp and seems to be the prime target for Barcelona ahead of Werner, linked to Liverpool.
It remains to be seen how all of this will unfold – especially given the uncertainty surrounding the opening of the transfer window as the world attempts to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.