Liverpool have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Werder Bremen winger Milot Rashica after the German club secure place in the Bundesliga next season.
Werder were forced to take part in the relegation playoffs after finishing 2019/20 season on the 16th place, just one point clear of the automatic relegation spots.
A 2-2 draw in Monday’s second leg against Heidenheim saw Werder to remain in the top-flight survival on away goals, narrowly avoiding a shock demotion to the second tier.
The 23-year-old forward has played a crucial role in their survival with providing eight goals and provided seven assists, but he has been heavily tipped to depart from the club regardless of whether they were able to stay up.
A number of Premier League teams including Liverpool, Brighton & Hove Albion Aston Villa West Ham United and Wolves have been credited with a strong interest in the 24-year-old, who has reportedly already told his teammates that he will be departing from the club.
German media outlet DeichStube claims that Rashica has a £33m release clause in his current deal with the club, however, that he would have been available for just €15m (£13.6m) had Werder suffered relegation.
Werder’s sporting director last month had confirmed that the Kosovo international is keen to depart from the club but after remaining in Bundesliga it seems that he will continue his career with Werder.