Liverpool's contract offer to Timo Werner was £50,000-a-week more than the one he has agreed with Chelsea, according to transfer expert Ian McGarry. Werner has agreed a five-year deal with Chelsea after the Blues activated the striker's release clause of around £49million. The 24-year-old's contract is set to make him the highest-paid player at Stamford Bridge on a reported £190,000-a-week.
Only earlier this week did McGarry claim the Germany international had a contract agreement with Liverpool.
Chelsea have stormed in front in the race for Werner and look close to sealing a deal.
McGarry admits Liverpool were yet to agree a fee with RB Leipzig but had offered Werner a much higher wage, as well as making an "offer in principle" to activate his release clause.
"I brought you news on this week's podcast on Wednesday that Liverpool were very much in the driving seat but had yet to offer, or indeed agree, with RB Leipzig for the 24-year-old," McGarry said on the Transfer Window podcast.
Liverpool transfer news: Timo Werner was offered higher wages by wages Liverpool than Chelsea
"Since then, Chelsea have taken advantage of Liverpool's inertia in moving to secure the player, despite having worked very hard, and Jurgen Klopp in particular working very hard to convince the player to join him at Anfield, and offered the player around £50,000 more per week than the contract offer he has at Chelsea, as well as an offer to meet in principle RB Leipzig's rescission clause for the player, which stands at €60m.
"This is a classic example of a blindside move in the transfer market."
Werner has scored 25 Bundesliga goals so far this season for Leipzig and has also been attracting interest from Manchester United.
McGarry says it is expected that Liverpool will go back in for Werner in a late attempt to steal him from under the nose of Chelsea.
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"It will be interesting to see how Jurgen Klopp responds to this setback, if indeed that is the case," McGarry added.
"Obviously Werner's yet to actually sign for Chelsea despite the clause being met.
"It is expected in some quarters that Liverpool may well make another bid having failed with an initial one around 16 days ago of €30m plus €15m in add-ons, which clearly is well below the rescission clause in Werner's contract, but certainly is potentially open to being upped and therefore giving Chelsea some competition."
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