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Werner Leaning Towards Liverpool Despite Barca and United Interest

RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner is one of the hottest talents in the world with multiple teams vying for his abilities but the young German player is waiting on one particular team, Liverpool. The report from The Athletic claims that Werner has already received proposals from both Barcelona and Manchester United. Those teams in particular are in the hunt for a new striker given recent form and could bolster their chances of catching a team like Liverpool on the European stage. Despite the chance at being a top player for one of those teams, Werner has decided that he wants to hear what Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have to offer. What makes the situation even more immediate is that Werner's contract has a release clause of 50.5 million pounds which expires at the end of April. After that point, Leipzig return to the negotiating table and will certainly look to raise the price tag. However, it isn't expected to get to that point with Werner more than likely to pick his next

Red Bulls Camp Different without Champions League

photo by Matt Kremkau New York Red Bulls are in an unfamiliar position in 2020 as they prepare for the MLS season without worrying about splitting the squad for the Concacaf Champions League. Usually the team spends time in Arizona but are split early on as the first team attempts to conquer continental competition. That is not the case this year and head coach Chris Armas is looking forward to that time. "We would love to be in Champions League," said Armas when speaking to the New York Red Bulls Radio Network. "It is a goal of ours. First and foremost there is a competition out there and we want to be in it. That's not ideal but what you gain from not being in it is that you can build a little more methodically." New York is coming together with a new core following the departure of team leaders like Bradley Wright-Phillips and Luis Robles. On top of that they have parted ways with both starting wing-backs in Michael Amir Murillo and Kemar Lawrence. C

Armas Focused on Excellence not Expectations

photo by Matt Kremkau New York Red Bulls head coach Chris Armas isn't interested in what expectations are for his club in 2020. Instead, he's interested in making sure he gets the best out of young group of players eager to prove themselves to the league. "On the outside there are going to be some expectations," said Armas during a media call. "We have guys coming back with different experience, with more experience. I'm not thinking of the playoffs or MLS Cup. My expectation and demand around here is excellence." Armas is leading a group that is mostly unproven in key areas such as in the striker position. The team isn't expected to mirror the tactics of years prior and the third-year head coach knows that changes are necessary to continue to deliver the kind of soccer that Red Bulls have made their fans accustomed to seeing. "We want to win here but above all we want to be a real team that is together. That sounds nice but

Werner Release Close Pushes EPL Teams to Move Quickly

The services of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner have been highly sought after by English clubs but now there appears to be a hard deadline of the end of April to get the deal done. The report from the German publication BILD indicates that Werner's release clause, which is quite lower than his actual value, will expire in the spring, forcing the hand of interested clubs. Currently two teams appear to be leading the way for Werner, Liverpool and Chelsea. The move would significantly boost the efforts of both clubs to either remain atop the league or push them to the next level. Werner has become a proven commodity in the Bundesliga having scored 25 goals in 29 games across all competitions. Interest reached it's zenith this past off-season when Werner nearly joined German rivals Bayern Munich. The arrival of manager Julian Nagelsmann was able to convince the young striker to stay but a very generous release clause was added in case the player wanted to leave sooner. Now,

Tyler Adams is Developing a Bad Reputation

News from RB Leipzig is that midfielder Tyler Adams will miss several games with a calf injury, yet another set-back in a series that has come to plague his time in Europe. Considering the amount of time he's missed thus far, we may not be far from the point where Adams develops the reputation for being injury prone. Adams is believed to have suffered the injury during training and will miss the weekend's fixture as well as the Champions League clash against Tottenham Hotspur which would have been his European competition debut. The injury is nothing new for Adams who was sidelined for most of the campaign with a groin strain. He only rejoined the club in December and appeared ready to make a statement within the starting lineup. Now he is back on the injured list and leaving Leipzig to consider whether or not he will be dependable over the long term. The other loser in this scenario is the New York Red Bulls. After allowing Leipzig to sign Adams to a modest fee, many

Marsch Has Salzburg Refreshed and Ready After Austrian League Break

Red Bull Salzburg are back at it on Friday as they plan to host LASK when the Austrian Bundesliga returns to action. The current league leaders have gone undefeated thus far this campaign and plan to continue that trend despite losing major players during the transfer window. "We are going to face a superb team," said Marsch. "We have a lot of respect for LASK. We are going into the match with a lot of confidence though, and we want to play our usual game again. We will put everything we have into the match." LASK is currently in second place, two points behind Salzburg. Marsch has had to navigate through one of the more challenging seasons for his new club with player departures as well as an improvement for rivals overall. Now, despite being undefeated, Salzburg could lose the top spot in the league before the Championship round. "It's definitely a meeting of the two best teams in Austria," said Marsch. "It's the last meeting before

Nagelsmann to Bayern: "We Can Keep Up"

RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann felt empowered after his team's scoreless draw against Bayern Munich over the weekend and feels that his team is still very much in the hunt for the Bundesliga title. Despite dropping points in every game thus far in February, the mood around the team remains positive. "We can keep up with Bayern if we bring our power onto the pitch," said Nagelsmann. "This was a good sign for the future. We want to finish in the top four and the point today was an important one in the hunt for that." Currently Leipzig are sitting just one point behind Bayern Munich and are still very much in the chase for the Bundesliga championship. The window for winning with this talented group is closing with rumors of Timo Werner moving on to Liverpool over the summer as well as several other players departing. Still, Leipzig has shown that they are able to create new stars. Christopher Nkunku has emerged as a fantastic talent and Dani Olmo has