RB Leipzig boss Julian Nagelsmann has admitted replacing Timp Werner at the club would be a difficult task.
The 24-year-old is enjoying personal best season in Germany having scored 31 goals for Leipzig in all competitions this season.
An impressive run which has seen him tipped to be in the verge of joining Premier League side Chelsea in the summer for £54 million.
Werner was heavily linked with Liverpool before the Reds opted out of the race to sign him due to his valuation but he was bound for a move to England with the Blues now favourites to snap him up.
However, his boss at the German side has insisted it will be a mammoth challenge for them bring in someone to fill the gap that Werner’s departure could leave.
“It’s not possible [to replace him], you can’t clone a player. If Timo Werner leaves us, the main thing would be to replace 34 goals a season,” Nagelsmann told Goal and DAZN .
“That would be the main task, which perhaps could not be solved by just one player. It is important that we get the same output at the end of the day, that is the complex thing about the topic.”
Nagelsmann also shared his take on the uncertainties of players whose contract with clubs are set to expire at the end of the month, with the Bundesliga still uncompleted by then.
He added: “If the contracts remain as they are, a player whose contract ends on June 30th theoretically would play for a new team beginning July 1st. It’s FIFA’s turn [to solve the problem].
“I personally find the idea interesting that players go to their new clubs on July 1, and then the same rules should apply to the Champions League as to national team secondments.
“In other words, the new club would have to relinquish the player to the old club for the Champions League games.
“Then there could be confused scenarios, but it would be very strange for me if it should come to the situation that you suddenly play against your own player.”