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Daily Schmankerl: Crazy season is here as Bayern Munich is linked to Thorgan Hazard, Timo Werner, Paulo Dybala, and Alvaro Morata

What if we told you that this winter break was too long?

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Bayern rumored to have interest in Hazard (Münchner Merkur)

This would be a very solid move for Bayern, but it is hard to take this rumor regarding Borussia Monchengladbach’s Thorgan Hazard too seriously at this stage.

The contract of Hazard runs until 2020. The Belgian wing has the quality as a successor to Robbery. In the middle of December, kicker reported that Hazard was of interest on Säbener Straße. The scandal of Franck Ribéry could cost the French a contract renewal in the summer of 2019.

But has FCB also submitted an offer for Hazard? “Now in winter there was no offer for him. In November, we talked to him and his father about a contract extension, and he himself has said that he wants to finish the season with us first,” said Borussia Monchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl about the future. Gladbach wants to extend, but what does the player want to do? “If he refuses an extension it is because he wants to take a step away. Then it would not make sense for him to stay another year.”

Dortmund could use Philipp to try and deal for Werner (BVB Buzz)

As reported by Bild (paywall) and captured by BVB Buzz, Borussia Dortmund might try to include forward Max Philipp in a deal to bring RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner to Westfalenstadion.

Werner said last month that he would like to stay in Germany if he decides to leave Leipzig in the summer. Bayern Munich and Liverpool are still the favorites for his signature, but Barcelona are also thought to be interested.

Leipzig, on the other hand, are reportedly keen on signing Borussia Dortmund attacker Maximilian Philipp. Philipp had an impressive debut campaign last season, but has failed to earn a regular spot in the team this season. He started the campaign as the main striker, but fell down the pecking order after Paco Alcacer’s arrival. The former Freiburg man has been limited to just 15 appearances in all competitions, with his last league start coming in October. Borussia Dortmund value Philipp at 20 million euros and could be tempted to include him in the deal for Werner, according to BILD.

Dybala rumored to be leaving Italy this summer and is linked to several power clubs (Daily Mail)

Bayern Munich, Manchester City, and Paris Saint-Germain are three European juggernauts who might have an eye on Juventus star Paulo Dybala.

Manchester City, Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain have all tabled an offer for Juventus superstar Paulo Dybala ahead of a potential move next summer. Reports in Italy suggest Juventus have so far ignored all interest in their 25-year-old Argentine forward but they could cash in at the end of the season. Juventus bought Dybala for just £23million in June 2015 but could now recoup nearly four times that if they choose to sell one of their prized assets.

Rumors have started to circulate that Dybala, who is valued at over £90m, could end his four-year association with the Old Lady in the summer – which has alerted a host of Europe’s top clubs. Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City have all reportedly told Juventus they would be interested in signing the talented marksman.

£90m, of course, would represent over €100m and could make Dybala a little too expensive for Bayern.

Bayern might be scoping Morata (Marca)

Bayern and Dortmund have reportedly made contact with Chelsea to check on the status of Alvaro Morata.

Meanwhile, the offers continue to arrive at Cobham for the player, with Sevilla one of those interested, while Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund made inquiries late on Saturday as well. No decisions have been made yet, but all signs suggest Morata will be up for sale this winter and Chelsea have made it a priority to find a replacement this January as they will likely move him on.

We missed you old friend (Don Balon)

According to Don Balol, Arsenal is poised to make a €70m offer for James Rodriguez.

The London club is willing to exceed the offer of Juve, which was valued at €60 million. Arsenal puts €70m on the table and offers James a key role in his team and a succulent salary. (Unai) Emery wants to get rid of (Mesut) Özil and would like Rodriguez to fill that role. An offer like that could convince the Colombian, Bayern, and Real Madrid, who only care about the money.

James has to decide: go to Juventus, where he would play with Cristiano Ronaldo on a team that aspires to everything, or choose Arsenal, a team of a lower rank, but where his place would be indisputable.


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