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Leipzig Sporting Director Denies Rumors of Liverpool Offer for Werner

photo from Sky Sports The saga of Timo Werner has taken many twists and turns with the player most recently being rumored for a 52 million pound move to Liverpool in the English Premier League. Those rumors have once again been shouted down by Leipzig Sporting Director Markus Krosche but with a more emphatic tone. "There have been no inquires and Timo didn't contact us either," said Krosche to Goal in response to the rumors. "These rumors have been around for weeks. As of now, there is nothing new." Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool have long been linked to the young German striker who has quickly become the hottest commodity heading into the summer transfer window. Teams from across Europe are seeking the striker's skills with an attempt of solidifying their standings in their given league. Barcelona and Real Madrid have also shown interest. For now, Werner is staying put at Leipzig. The ever evolving COVID-19 crisis has made a move for Werner th

New York Red Bulls Sought to Sign Liverpool Signee Takumi Minamino

A revealing interview with Jesse Marsch on ESPN revealed that the New York Red Bulls were interested in bringing in recent Liverpool signing Takumi Minamino. The 25-year-old Japanese winger has dazzled under Marsch in Red Bull Salzburg but could have been doing the same in New York. "We were following him in New York," revealed Marsch when speaking with Taylor Twellman. "We liked him a lot and thought that there would be potential for him to come to New York and play for MLS. He was still young, he didn't always play under the other coaches that he had played for here." This revelation shows the synergy between the teams which has seen movement in the past towards MLS but never a top talent such as Minamino. Previous signings from Salzburg included Fredrik Gulbrandsen and and Marc Rzatkowski. Both were very good players but neither peaked while playing in New York. For Minamino, staying in Salzburg worked out well. Under Marco Rose last season h

MLS Postpones Matches Through Early June

photo by Matt Kremkau Major League Soccer will extend their hiatus through June 8th due to the COVID 19 virus that has affected nearly every football league in the world. Whether or not they will be able to play the postponed games remains to be seen but Commissioner Don Garber is looking for any and all solutions. "From tournament formats to neutral locations," said Garber to ESPN on Monday. "Unltimately playing an abridged regular season, but doing everything to get as many games." MLS had completed the first two weeks of the season before the stoppage happened. At this point several ideas have been floated including a Champions League style format to crown an winner of the season. Whether or not those ideas come to fruition remains to be seen. Almost surely the league will have their eyes on the Bundesliga which is already back in training with some teams being rumored to have 11v11 scrimmages. Should they move forward with their plans, games could be

Upamecano: Interest from both Manchester City and United

Dayot Upamecano has made himself an elite defender in the Bundesliga with RB Leipzig and has drawn the attention of two of the top teams in England, Manchester City and Manchester United. The 21-year-old French center back has been an invaluable piece of Julian Nagelsmann's team and a reason why they are challenging for the top of the Bundesliga. The news comes as Manchester City are desperate to replace the work of Vincent Kompany. The Belgian defender was a leader on and off the field for the club and his presence has been missed since leaving at the end of the 2019 campaign. City sit in second place but have had lapses defensively that they believe Upamecano can correct in the coming years. For Manchester United, the same reasoning applies. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has done his best taking the Red Devils without a massive overhaul. Harry McGuire proved to be a solid pickup on defense, becoming captain of the club in less than a year, but he is still looking for a center

Leipzig "Deeply Relaxed" on Timo Werner Situation

photo from RB Leipzig Before the COVID 19 outbreak RB Leipzig were keen on getting a deal done to send striker Timo Werner to one of the top teams outside of Germany. Now, well over a month after play has stopped across Europe, the team feels that they very confident they will retain the services of their future superstar. "I'm deeply relaxed about Werner," said Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff to Sky Sports Germany. "He hasn't signaled yet that he wants to leave at the end of the season and he doesn't have to. He has a contract until 2023." This is a tone that is drastically different to that of pre-pandemic Leipzig who were already preparing replacements for their top goal scorer. The loan deal that brought Patrik Schick to the club from Roma was a sign of that preparation. The team was seemingly ready to move on but now appear to have bolstered their chances of competing for Germany's top prize due to circumstance. Werne

Report: Bundesliga Hopes to Return by June

photo from RB Leipzig German football is hoping to get back to play before the end of June with many teams' overall existence on the line. DFL CEO Christian Seifert spoke at a news conference of the dire situation for teams and the need to play in order to keep the game alive. "Professional football can only function when we play," said Seifert. "If we can play games, it is to be expected that they will be without fans for some time. Maybe even into the new season or until the end of the year." That fact is a massive blow to one of the three major areas of revenue for clubs, matchday revenue. Broadcasting, sponsorship and ticket sales are how Bundesliga clubs stay afloat but there are plans survive on just two of the three. The move will hurt and deeply affect teams but will ensure that the game will continue. German clubs were asked earlier in the month to present ways in which they could survive without income. The overall outcome of that res