When the news broke yesterday that Timo Werner is set to join this Chelsea this summer, it came as a massive shock. The German striker had been heavily linked with a move to Liverpool, with some reports even indicating he told other interested parties that he would only join Jurgen Klopp's side.
It seems that he still had Liverpool as his first option but the Merseyside club decided against meeting the Leipzig player's release clause. Whether that will turn out to be a mistake remains to be seen, but a fee of around £50million seems a bargain for a player of Werner's calibre.
Liverpool will now look to other possible targets, with Kai Havertz another name strongly linked. The Bayer Leverkusen man has been in fantastic form since the resumption of the Bundesliga, scoring five goals in four appearances.
He is likely to leave his current club this summer, with Liverpool and Bayern Munich the favourites for his signature. He appears to be heading towards the latter.
Miguel Delaney of The Independent reports that Havertz favours a move to Bayern Munich, who are already in negotiations with Leverkusen about completing a deal. It is believed that both clubs hope to wrap up the deal as soon as possible.
This could be seen as another blow to Liverpool, who it is thought will look for reinforcements in forward areas this summer. Adam Lallana will leave on a free transfer, while Xherdan Shaqiri is also likely to be moved on.
With the club haven't spent no money in the 2019 summer transfer window, some supporters hoped they may see a big money recruit in the coming months. With the coronavirus casting doubt over the finances of clubs, and Liverpool investing heavily in a new training ground, that may appear in doubt.