Remember all of that Nike money Liverpool FC was supposed to have? Apparently, it’s not enough as they were unable to meet Timo Werner’s release clause and the RB Leipzig striker agreed to join Chelsea FC instead when the transfer window opens.
Timo Werner has agreed to join Chelsea on a 5-year deal. Chelsea will pay his £50mil release clause.
— Transfer News (@TrustyTransfers) June 4, 2020
It was almost assumed that Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool would sign Werner but as Bild (via Metro) reports, missing out on the Germany international indicates that the coronavirus has had a substantial financial impact on the Premier League leaders, which allowed Chelsea to swoop in.
So, what does all of this mean for Paris Saint-Germain?
Now that we know the Reds were unwilling (and unable?) to spend an extra £15 million (plus nearly £200,000 per week) to sign Werner, it seems highly unlikely they’ll spend the €177 million (KPMG estimate) it would take to sign Mbappé. I don’t care how much Nike is paying them.
They didn’t even want to pay Mookie Betts😂 https://t.co/xgIgPQzk3L
— Eduardo Razo (@_eddierazo) June 4, 2020
Mbappé’s contract at PSG runs until 2022 but PSG is working on an extension that will increase his wages and fans hope to hear good news after this season concludes.
If Liverpool missing out on Werner is a sign of things to come in terms of some big club being unable to afford star players, both Mbappé and teammate Neymar Jr. would be wise to stay at PSG long term, earn some of the highest wages in world football, and challenge for the UEFA Champions League every season.
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