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Daily Schmankerl: Transfer news and updates on Timo Werner, Arjen Robben, Christian Eriksen, Nicolas Pepe, and Julian Draxler; Wolfsburg hires a new coach; and MORE!

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One more day until Bayern completes it double dip against Werder Bremen.

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Reality bites when it comes to Werner for Leipzig (kicker)

With an open-ended offer for a contract extension to stay with RB Leipzig, striker Timo Werner has not shown any inclination remain with Die Roten Bullen — at least as of yet. Time appears to be the only thing between Werner and a move, which should come this summer if Leipzig wants to cash in on the Germany international.

While Bayern Munich and Liverpool have long been rumored to be the leaders in the clubhouse for Werner, Paris Saint-Germain has become the third team to be considered a serious contender.

Even though Timo Werner (23) left it open at the weekend whether he would accept the offered contract extension: In Leipzig, nobody is seriously assuming any longer that the national striker will bind himself beyond 2020. A farewell in summer is approaching. In addition to FC Bayern, FC Liverpool and Paris St. Germain are also interested in Werner.

Robben’s future still powering the rumor mill (AS)

Bayern winger Arjen Robben is working extremely hard to get back on to the field for one final game on the field, but his future is still causing many to speculate. While MLS was considered the front runner to land the 35-year-old just a few weeks ago, Japan is now creeping back into the hunt with FC Tokyo.

Earlier this season, FC Tokyo stated they had no specific interest in signing Robben. That prompted the player to turn his attention turn to the American league, but reports now are shifting in favor of a move to Asian again.

The Japanese club have reportedly submitted an official proposal to the Bayern Munich player. Media reports in Japan claim that Robben would prefer playing in the J1 League, but the same was said about the MLS. Inter Milan, Toronto FC, and PSV have also mentioned as the next possible destination for the 35-year-old.

Draxler pondering future with PSG (Sport Bild)

Paris Saint Germain midfielder and Germany international Julian Draxler might be looking for a move this summer.

According to the French newspaper L’Equipe, the German national player could leave the French champions in the summer. The reason: Draxler probably will have to make room for new stars in the squad.

In the league, the midfielder has played 26 games (3 goals) so far. However, Draxler has been subbed on eight times and subbed off five times: he is not a regular player. PSG coach Thomas Tuchel (45) is not Draxler’s biggest fan according to the report.

The 2014 World Champion came from Wolfsburg in January 2017 for €36 million. His contract in Paris runs until 2021. He himself would be happy to stay in Paris: “If the club comes and says: ‘Can we talk about a contract extension?’ I would say: ‘Why not? I feel comfortable in Paris,’” he recently told Canal+.

Could Bayern coach Niko Kovac be interested in a versatile midfielder that could come cheap?

Bayern linked to Nkunku (TEAMtalk)

Bayern, Arsenal, and Inter Milan are reportedly going to compete for the services of Christopher Nkunku, a 21-year-old midfielder with Paris Saint-Germain.

Arsenal have been joined by Bayern Munich in the race for PSG midfielder Christopher Nkunku, according to reports. Unai Emery was close to bringing Nkunku to the Emirates Stadium in January, but a loan deal fell through at the last minute. Nonetheless, Arsenal retain an interest in the 21-year-old, who has made 21 Ligue 1 appearances for the French champions this season.

However, the Gunners are not alone in their pursuit of Nkunku, with Sport.de reporting that Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich are also keeping tabs on the player. A third potential suitor for Nkunku is Italian side AC Milan, whilst Rennes could look to keep him in France.

Eriksen’s list of suitors is growing (Transfer Market Web)

Tottenham Hotspur star Christian Eriksen was linked to Bayern late Friday, but the Bavarians are not the only power club eyeing up the Denmark international. PSG, Juventus, and Real Madrid are all said to be taking a close look at the talented 27-year-old.

Playing for Tottenham since 2013/14, Danish star midfielder Christian Eriksen (27), one of the names leading Spurs to CL semifinals so far, as well as one of the finest assistmen around, is still in talks with London side on a new long-term, having his deadline extended from June 2020 current one, and his annual salary raised from the current 4 million pounds to at least 50% more. Meanwhile, a lot of A-listers, including Bayern Munich, PSG, Juventus, and Real Madrid, are tracking him.

Wolves hire new coach (@VfLWolfsburg_EN)

Wolfsburg has hired LASK coach Oliver Glasner to take the helm next season.

Pepe’s agent creating more of a stir (The Sun)

Lille winger Nicolas Pepe has opened some eyes with his play on the field, but his agent is doing his best to create a bidding war over the talented 23-year-old.

Nicolas Pepe’s agent has hinted that his client could join Bayern Munich over Chelsea and Arsenal. The Premier League duo are in the running for Lille’s £69million-rated winger who has scored 19 goals and assisted a further 11 in Ligue 1 this season.

Chelsea are believed to be lining up Pepe, 23, as a replacement for Real Madrid-bound Eden Hazard. Arsenal are understood to be huge fans of the talented Ivory Coast international. Liverpool have also been linked as they look to add depth to their front line next season. But it seems Bayern Munich are in pole position to secure Pepe’s coveted signature.

Pepe’s agent insists his client is yet to make a decision on his future. But Samit Khiat only named Bayern while discussing possible destinations.

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.