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Daily Schmankerl: Spurs join the hunt for Timo Werner; a Thorgan Hazard update; Liverpool interested in James Rodriguez (!?); and MORE!

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Competition for Werner heats up (90min)

One player that has garnered a lot of attention in this transfer window is RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner. With Bayern Munich, Liverpool, and Borussia Dortmund already in the mix, Tottenham Hotspur has also made itself a player for the German forward.

Liverpool are still in the hunt for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, though they will face considerable competition from Borussia Dortmund, as well as Bayern Munich and Tottenham. Werner has been coveted by the European elite ever since he joined Leipzig from VFB Stuttgart in 2015.

So far, ​Liverpool have been coy about their January business, insisting they are not looking to make any big additions. However, the £19m departure of Dominic Solanke, and the aforementioned uncertainty around Origi and Sturridge may push Klopp and co. to act sooner than they thought.

They have also been speculatively linked with a sensational move for Real Madrid loanee James Rodriguez, who is out of favour in his two-year spell at Bayern.

Skriniar hits back at transfer reports (Manchester Evening News)

Inter Milan defender Milan Skriniar took to Instagram to lash out at reports linking him to Bayern Munich, Manchester United, and FC Barcelona.

Milan Skriniar has hit back at reports linking him with a high-profile move in the January transfer window. Manchester United have been linked with a potential move for the Slovakian defender as their search for a new center back continues, but the player isn’t having any of it.

Recent reports suggest Inter Milan are looking to sign Diego Godin in the transfer window, a potential move which would theoretically open the doors for fellow center back Skriniar to leave the Italian club. However, the 23-year-old has adamantly denied such a move and took to social media on Wednesday night to shoot down a report linking him with a move to United, Bayern Munich or Barcelona.

The Slovakian defender posted a screen grab of a Slovak newspaper speculating about his future, along with a strongly worded caption. “You write things that you don’t even know,” Skriniar posted on his Instagram story. ”You are sh***. Now write an article on this.”

Liverpool reportedly eyeing James (Anfield Edition)

Earlier this week James Rodriguez was deemed too expensive for the Gunners are allegedly back in the game on the Colombian, but may have to do battle with Liverpool.

Liverpool are apparently set to go head to head with Arsenal in the race to sign Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez, with the Colombian unwilling to make a permanent switch to Germany, according to a report from The Mirror.

Rodriguez is thought to be discontent with life under Niko Kovac at the Allianz Arena and is also reportedly unwanted by parent club Real Madrid upon the expiry of his two year loan at the end of the season.

This leaves the 27-year-old open to a move away with the Premier League a likely destination. Although Arsenal are thought to be the favorites, Liverpool are also monitoring any potential developments in the situation.

Chelsea reportedly will relinquish matching right on Hazard (Fear The Wall)

Our sister site Fear The Wall captured a story by Bild that states that Chelsea might relinquish its matching right on Borussia Monchengladbach’s Thorgan Hazard.

It’s no secret that Borussia Dortmund are interested in Thorgan Hazard and the club has reportedly started negotiations with Gladbach for a transfer this summer. BVB will have to pay a fee in excess of €40 million for the versatile winger and they would have still risked losing out on the Belgian international because of a matching right that Chelsea still possess.

According to Bild, Chelsea will relinquish their matching right if Dortmund make an offer for Hazard, that has been agreed upon during the Pulisic-negotiations. That was a smart move from Dortmund who now have a clear path to securing a deal for Hazard who would replace Pulisic.

Both Bayern and Dortmund have been linked to Hazard, who seems insistent that he will stay with M’Gladbach at least through the end of this season. This move by Chelsea would seemingly put Dortmund in the driver’s seat to land the talented Belgian.

It’s also probably a little hard to imagine that Chelsea would be willing to help Bayern with anything at this stage given all the drama surrounding the pursuit of Callum Hudson-Odoi by Die Roten.

Bayern players spend time with sick kids (@FCBayernEN)

Bayern’s players took some time from their training to meet with some children battling cancer. As always, a tremendous gesture by the club and players.

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