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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich and Liverpool still battling over Timo Werner; Bayern again linked to Paulo Dybala; and MORE!

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The top of the table is a bit crowded these days.

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RB Leipzig’s hard stance on Werner opens eyes abroad (TEAMtalk)

Bayern Munich and Liverpool are not just locked in a heated Champions League battle, they are also competing for RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner. Given Leipzig sporting director (and current coach) Ralf Rangnick’s hard line stance on a sale of the talented forward, Liverpool thinks it may see an opening to jump over Bayern.

Latest reports suggest that Liverpool are still in the hunt for an RB Leipzig forward, despite significant interest from Bayern Munich. A report in the Liverpool Echo claims that Timo Werner will not be allowed to leave Leipzig on a free transfer in 2020 and that he is by no means certain to move to Bayern.

Jurgen Klopp’s men have been continually linked with the 22-year-old forward since last summer, although Bayern are said to have already agreed personal terms with the player. However, Leipzig are standing firm and have offered Werner a double-your-money deal worth £5.2million-per-year to try and keep the young star.

Bayern have signed the likes of Robert Lewandowski and Leon Goretzka on free transfers from Bundesliga rivals in recent times, but Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick has stressed that Werner will not be allowed to run his contract down. Rangnick also insists there is no agreement in place with Bayern regarding the striker and that no decision will be made on his future before the summer.

Bayern’s interest in Dybala heating up? (TransferMarketWeb)

Juventus forward Paulo Dybala has been linked to Bayern numerous times over the past year and this is the latest iteration of those rumors:

According to latest Italian news, Bayern Munich management are planning a solid move on Argentinian international forward Paulo Dybala (25). While Juventus might undergo a lot of changes ahead of next summer, including saying farewell to Massimiliano Allegri and signing a new manager. Dybala is also tracked by Chelsea, Liverpool, Inter Milan, and Real Madrid.

Bayern in the mix for Elmas (Leicestershire Live)

Brendan Rodgers, who left Scottish power Celtic hanging last week to take on a new role with Leicester City, has his eyes on Fenerbahce youngster Elif Elmas. Interestingly, so does Bayern:

New Leicester City boss Brendan Rodgers is set to join the battle to land Fenerbahce ace Elif Elmas, we can reveal. The teenager has been tracked by some of Europe’s top clubs in the shape of Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Juventus, whilst Manchester City and Tottenham have also shown an interest.

But Rodgers is looking for real quality this summer as he looks to turn Leicester back into top-four contenders, and he feels talent like Elmas is required. Elmas, a Macedonian international of Turkish decent, is regarded as one of the best teenage midfielders in Europe – but he would not come cheap and Leicester would need to stump up close to £30million to land him.

Elmas is a highly-regarded 19-year-old midfielder. Check out the video below for some background on the player:

Looking good (@FCBayern_EN)

That really has a solid look to it. I’m talking about Joshua Kimmich’s mustache, not the table.

Looking to catch-up on the Bundesliga action from the weekend? I’ve got you covered (The Barrel)

For a capsule-style recap of the Bundesliga’s weekend fixtures, just click here.

Neville thinks focusing on the Premier League would do Klopp’s boys good...and we agree (The Mirror)

Former Manchester United player and England international Gary Neville thinks Liverpool would benefit from placing more emphasis on the Premier League race rather than Bayern Munich in the Champions League.

I have said Liverpool need a clean fixture list to win the title. Go out against Bayern Munich. I am not saying go out to lose the game. But I think it will be in Liverpool’s favor to have a clean run because they can get everyone fresh and prepare for the rest of the season.

Liverpool, of course, battled to a 0-0 draw with Everton over the weekend, and is sitting in second place of the Premier League table.