European Paper Talk: RB Leipzig waiting for decision on Timo Werner's future
Germany international linked with Liverpool and Bayern Munich
By Matt Gault, Football Whispers
Last Updated: 05/02/19 11:12am
The transfer window may now be closed until the summer, but that doesn't mean the rumour mill has stopped turning.
So we asked our friends at Football Whispers to scour the European media to bring you the latest news and gossip from the continent.
RB Leipzig are still waiting on striker Timo Werner to make a decision regarding his future. The Bundesliga club have offered the 22-year-old Liverpool target a lucrative contract extension, but Werner is stalling amid interest from Bayern Munich. "We want a timely decision. At the latest, when the season is over, we want to know what will happen," Leipzig boss Ralf Rangnick said. (Sport BILD)
Thomas Muller will miss both legs of Bayern Munich's Champions League tie with Liverpool after his two-match suspension was upheld by UEFA. Muller will have to sit out the two legs after receiving a straight red card in Bayern's group game with Ajax. (Sport BILD)
Luka Modric is set to stay with Real Madrid after months of speculation linking him the midfielder with a move to Inter. The Croatia international attracted interest from the Serie A side after leading his country to the World Cup final last summer, but ultimately stayed in the Spanish capital. (AS)
Ivan Rakitic's agent insists the player wants to stay at Barcelona. The Croatian's future has been the subject of much debate with Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong set to join in the summer. However, amid reported interest from Chelsea and Inter, Rakitic has no intention of leaving the Camp Nou. "Ivan wants to leave Spain in the summer? That's not possible," agent Arturo Canales said. (Sport)
Benfica's highly-rated teenager Joao Felix is a target for Barcelona and Real Madrid. The 19-year-old has turned heads in Portugal this season and has been scouted by a number of Premier League teams. Now, the attacking midfielder has appeared on the radar of both La Liga giants, with Benfica braced for a big-money bid in the summer. (AS)
Inter CEO Giuseppe Marotta has backed under-fire head coach Luciano Spalletti following reports that he was set to lose his job. Inter's defeat to Bologna at the weekend leaves the Nerazzurri 11 points off second-placed Napoli. However, Marotta has said that Spalletti's position is "secure". (Corriere dello Sport)
Juventus are plotting an audacious triple swoop for Marcelo, Isco and James Rodriguez in the summer. The Italian champions are determined to keep Cristiano Ronaldo and want to reunite the Portuguese superstar with a few of his former Real Madrid team-mates. (Tuttosport)
Veteran goalkeeper Gianluigi Buffon is set to start for Paris Saint-Germain in next week's Champions League last-16 tie with Manchester United. Despite Alphonse Areola impressing in Ligue 1 this season, PSG head coach Thomas Tuchel will stick with the rotation policy that has seen Buffon's experience and presence preferred for European games. (Le Parisien)
Real Madrid midfielder Martin Odegaard says having Zinedine Zidane as a coach was 'not good for my self-confidence'. The Norway international is on loan at Eredivisie side Vitesse having spent last year with Heerenveen but has managed just two appearances for Real since joining them in 2014. "Having Zidane as my Coach was beautiful, but it was not good for my self-confidence," the 20-year-old said. (AD)