Chelsea are reportedly reluctant to pay RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner’s release clause, with Manchester United and Liverpool taking the same stance.
The 24-year-old is arguably the hottest striker in Europe at the moment, scoring 31 goals already this season.
He has scored 24 goals in just 28 appearances in the Bundesliga this season, including the hat-trick he scored against Mainz last week.
His incredible goal-scoring record has reportedly attracted interests from several top clubs, especially from those in the Premier League.
According to Bild’s head of football Christian Falk on Twitter, three Premier League clubs, Liverpool, Chelsea and Manchester United, are interested in the Germany international.
However, none of them are willing to meet the striker’s €55million (£49.4m) release clause.
Werner is under contract with the Bundesliga side until 2023 and Leipzig’s chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff has previously warned those who are interested in their star that they will not budge on the price.
Mintzlaff told Sport Bild (as quoted by Goal): “It won’t get any cheaper. We will not sell a player below value if he is under contract for more than a year.”
The financial instability amid the global pandemic might be the major reason why these clubs are hesitant to spend big on a player.
Chelsea have also extended Olivier Giroud’s contract until next summer, which means Frank Lampard could at least keep his three strikers – Giroud, Tammy Abraham and Michy Batshuayi – for the next season.