FC Barcelona record winter signing Philippe Coutinho has made some exciting claims involving his former club. The Brazilian who moved to Camp Nou in January for a fee of £142 million has claimed that Timo Werner is likely heading towards Merseyside in Summer.
The RB Leipzig forward burst onto the scene last year after finishing 4th in the Bundesliga top scorers’ list with 21 goals, leading his team to a runners up finish. It also helped them to qualify for the UEFA Champions League for the first time in their history.
The German forward, who scored 3 times in the FIFA Confederations Cup last year, emerged as a target for 12-times European Champions Real Madrid FC after Karim Benzema’s summer departure looks more than likely. The fact that Borja Mayoral has not been able to get going properly has made the Los Blancos management even more keen on the German.
However, according to news from Spanish outlet Don Balon, Brazil star Coutinho has told his new teammates that the German youngster will instead be making his switch to play under fellow German Jurgen Klopp next.
The German Prospect is slated to lead the German forward line in Russia this summer and has already drawn comparisons to legendary countryman Miroslav Klose.
According to Balon, Jurgen Klopp is determined to strengthen his forward line of the super hit trio of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane, by splashing the cash earned from the Coutinho sale. He plans to do so by acquiring the signature of the 21-year old and he has informed of the club hierarchy to ensure the same.
If indeed this claim by Coutinho comes out to be true and Werner’s move to Anfield materializes in the near future, Real Madrid could be forced to shift their attention to either of Bayern Munich forward Robert Lewandowski or Tottenham Hotspurs’ star man Harry Kane.
While Real Madrid president Fiorentino Perez has always wanted England forward Harry Kane as his dream signing, his £200 million buyout clause could very well lead them to make a move for the Polish Captain instead.