MANCHESTER UNITED and Barcelona have both made an approach to sign Timo Werner but the striker is holding off for Liverpool, according to reports.
The 23-year-old is hot property after scoring 21 league goals in 23 games this season and four in the Champions League.
Werner has a 51million release clause in his contract if a deal is completed before April.
The revelation is braced to cause a transfer scramble with the prospect of his value rocketing especially if he performs well at Euro 2020.
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has prioritised signing a new frontman after missing out on Erling Haaland.
Barcelona are also braced to spend a hefty figure this summer as they eye a long-term replacement for Luis Suarez.
But the Athletic write that Liverpool are in the driving seat with Werner keen to play under fellow German Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds gaffer wants a new forward to provide competition while he is also braced to sell Xherdan Shaqiri and Adam Lallana.
He dropped his biggest hint that Anfield could be his next destination after admitting to being flattered by their interest.
Werner said: “Liverpool are the best team in the world at the moment, and when you’re linked with that team it makes me very proud.
“It’s a pleasure but I know Liverpool play a lot of good players and I have to improve myself and to learn much more things to get on this level to play there.”
Werner’s biggest concern is how he would break into Liverpool’s first team ahead of either Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane or Mohamed Salah.
But with United’s fall from grace and Barcelona’s struggles on and off the field, Werner believes his development would be better suited at the European champions.