For several transfer windows now, the talk of Timo Werner moving on from RB Leipzig has been growing and growing. Ever since he arrived from Swabian outfit VfB Stuttgart, the German international has proven his quality as a European-standard forward. This has naturally seen him linked with clubs as varied as Liverpool and FC Bayern Munich. However, with the coaching regime at RBL changing, new coach Julian Nagelsmann was quite open about the chance of a move for the German coming to fruition in 2019/20.

Speaking to Sport Bild, Nagelsmann said:  “I’d prefer it if he stayed. But certain preconditions must be met so that he can and should stay. If they aren’t met, then we’ll have to look for a solution.

“The business with Timo Werner is clearly regulated. We all want him to extend and stay. If he doesn’t extend, it’s difficult to let such a player leave on a free transfer.”

The interesting subplot about his exit from RBL, though, stems from the fact that his contract runs out in 2020. With his contract set to be out in a year, can RBL really afford to reject any of the money that is on the table for him? It would be a surprise if that was the case.

Previously, the agent of the forward made it clear that his client is very much unlikely to stick around in Eastern Germany. For many clubs, then, a top quality forward could be on the market for a surprisingly low price: will anyone have the confidence to make the move, though?