German Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund have their work cut out ahead of their last 16-second leg clash with Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League on Tuesday night.
The Germans trail 3-0 from the first leg meeting at the Wembley Stadium and they will have to score four goals to win their tie with Spurs.
Premier League giants Tottenham Hotspur have been boosted with the return of star player Harry Kane who missed the first leg game between the two teams.
The England national team skipper will definitely be available for the second leg meeting billed for the Signa Iduna Park.
Harry Kane has scored two goals in three league games since his return from an ankle injury sustained during the 1-0 loss to Manchester United in January.
Spurs will be hoping to return to winning ways after a return of one draw and two losses since the first leg win over Borussia Dortmund.
The Bundesliga leaders have been handed the odds of 1.98 for a win by Bet9ja while a draw between the two teams is at the odds of 3.65.
An unlikely victory for North London giants Tottenham Hotspur is at the odds of 3.75 according to the aforementioned bookmakers.
Deal Off: Chelsea Target To Stay At Dortmund
Chelsea have been dealt a major transfer blow after it was revealed that Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho will stay with the German Bundesliga outfit for next season.
According to the Daily Express, Jadon Sancho has shunned a move back to the Premier League and decided to stay with Borussia Dortmund for at least another season.
Several Premier League clubs have expressed interests in the young English international but they might at least have to wait for another season with the latest development.
Jadon Sancho spoke to reporters about Borussia Dortmund and missing the league title on the last day of the season.
According to Sancho, the target for him and Borussia Dortmund is to win the German Bundesliga title next season.
Jadon Sancho and Dortmund lost a nine-point lead over German Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich when it was easier to end their seven-year wait for a league title.
The Bavarian giants won the league for a seventh season in a row with a two-point cushion over Borussia Dortmund after the last set of matches were played on Saturday.
Europa League finalists Chelsea are one of five Premier League clubs eyeing a move for the aforementioned Sancho.
Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United also have an interest in the Manchester City Academy graduate.
Dead Deal: United’s move for Bundesliga star confirmed dead
It has been confirmed that English Premier League Man United’s bid for German Bundesliga outfit Borussia Dortmund star Jadon Sancho is as good as dead as an agreement was not reached between both clubs.
The England international has been impressive so far this season and that has caught the attention of a number of top European sides. The youngster was also graced with a senior national team call-up which remains a boost to his profile and career.
However, Borussia Dortmund had insisted on keeping the youngster but placed an asking price of £100 million which the Red Devils are not willing to meet with suggestions that they are only being priced out of the deal.
More so, the failure of the Red Devils team to secure qualification to the Champions League finals remains a blow to the team’s effort to land players as most top stars will only seek to play in the biggest European league.
Meanwhile, Spanish LA Liga outfits Barcelona and Real Madrid are also monitoring the situation with Jadon Sancho as they might move in for him in the summer transfer window.
Jadon Sancho is no doubt one of the biggest prospects amongst English players which makes his value very high.
Perfect Sendoff: New Chelsea Signing On Target In Final Home Game
Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic scored on his final home game for the club to hand the German Bundesliga title chasers a crucial win in their quest to dethrone rivals Bayern Munich as the German champions.
Pulisic was amongst the goals for the hosts who beat Fortuna Dusseldorf 3-2 in their penultimate league game of the current season.
The win over Fortuna Dusseldorf endured that the German Bundesliga title race will be decided on the final day of the season after league leaders and defending champions Bayern Munich could only play a goalless draw at the home of RB Leipzig.
As things stand, Bayern Munich have a two-point lead at the top of the German Bundesliga table with just one game left to play this season.
Bayern host Champions League chasers Eintracht Frankfurt knowing that at least a point will be enough to win a seventh successive league title due to their superior goal difference.
Borussia Dortmund have a tough away game at another Champions League chaser, Borussia Moenchengladbach, with the hope of getting a win that could win the title for the first time since 2012.
American international Christian Pulisic will join Chelsea this summer after being loaned to Dortmund for the second half of this season upon his £57.1m move to Stamford Bridge in January.
Chelsea Target Didn’t Relish First Team Challenge – Guardiola
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has taken a swipe at Borussia Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho over his exit from the club at the start of last season.
Guardiola told reporters that the England international didn’t want to challenge for a place in the first team.
Jadon Sancho left Manchester City for German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund in the summer of 2017 after the Germans paid just £8m for him.
Pep Guardiola revealed that the 18-year-old was adamant about his stance to leave the club despite the fact that he was offered a new deal to stay at the Etihad Stadium.
Jadon Sancho has been heavily linked with a return to the Premier League with clubs like Manchester United, Liverpool and Chelsea.
His superb form for Borussia Dortmund has not gone unnoticed with the aforementioned English clubs though officials from the German club are adamant that the young English talent will stay at the club beyond this summer.
Jadon Sancho has been touted as a possible replacement for Eden Hazard at Chelsea with the Belgian international likely to leave the Blues for Real Madrid this summer.
Hazard will have just one year left on his Chelsea contract and the Blues will have to decide to sell or not if the former Lille player don’t sign a new deal.
Betting Preview: Augsburg vs Borussia Dortmund: Away Win On The Cards
German Bundesliga pacesetters Borussia Dortmund can extend their lead at the top of the table to six points when they take on Augsburg on Friday.
Bet9ja is offering the odds of 1.67 for an away win for Borussia Dortmund while the hosts have been offered odds of 4.90 for a win.
The possibility of a stalemate between the sides is at the odds of 4.00.
Borussia Dortmund would be hoping to prepare for their Champions League last 16 second leg clash with North London giants Tottenham Hotspur with a win over Augsburg who are just one place and two points above Vfb Stuttgart on the German Bundesliga table.
Vfb Stuttgart presently occupy the relegation/promotion playoff spot on the league table with 16 points from 23 games while Augsburg are on 18 points.
Borussia Dortmund have it all to do in their second leg clash with Tottenham Hotspur after losing the first leg 3-0 in London with all the three goals coming in the second half.
A win over Augsburg would go a long way to boost their morale ahead of the almost impossible mission against Spurs.
With eleven games left on the league table, Borussia Dortmund are three points ahead of defending champions and nearest challengers Bayern Munich.
Dortmund Join £40m Race To Sign Chelsea Target
German Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund have joined the race to sign highly rated Crystal Palace defender Aaron Wan-Bissaka according to various media reports emanating from the United Kingdom.
The Sun claim that Borussia Dortmund want Aaron Wan-Bissaka to follow in the footsteps of England youngster Jadon Sancho who has been in sensational form for the Germans since his transfer from Manchester City at the start of last season.
Sancho, 18, joined Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer after his Manchester City contract came to an end and he has grown to become an important first team member at the Signa Iduna Park.
The young Three Lions of England player has played a big part in his club’s run to the summit in the German Bundesliga.
Aaron Wan-Bissaka is enjoying a breakthrough season with Crystal Palace and he could also leave the Premier League for Germany just like what was obtainable with the aforementioned Jadon Sancho.
Major Premier League teams like Chelsea and Manchester City are also keen on the 21-year-old.
Wan-Bissaka is rated at around £40m by the Eagles who are under no pressure to sell the England u-21 international right-back.
He has played all the games in the Premier League this term except one which he missed for disciplinary reasons.
Michael Zorc Confirms Stay For Long-term Liverpool Target
Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc has revealed that young England forward Jadon Sancho will stay at the club for the foreseeable despite the interest of several English clubs including Liverpool.
Zorc was speaking ahead of the resumption of the Bundesliga as he added that Borussia Dortmund is the right club for the player to continue his football development.
The second half of this season’s German Bundesliga resumed on Friday night with the clash between hosts TSG Hoffenheim and Bayern Munich which ended in a 3-1 victory over the visitors with Leon Goretzka getting a first-half brace.
The result ensured that Bayern closed the gap to Borussia Dortmund at the top of the table to just three points.
Jadon Sancho has been in superb form for Borussia Dortmund in their run to the top of the table in the German Bundesliga this season.
He has been one of the best players in the entire division and his form has not gone unnoticed by the major Premier League clubs.
The 18-year-old has been a long-term transfer target for the Reds as well as English clubs like Manchester United and Chelsea.
Sancho came through the ranks at Manchester City before joining Borussia Dortmund on a free transfer at the start of last season.
Finally, Liverpool Favourites To Sign Highly Rated Bundesliga Midfielder
Premier League table toppers Liverpool have emerged as overwhelming favourites to sign highly rated Schalke 04 midfielder Weston McKennie in the current January transfer window.
The Reds were confirmed as the front-runners for the young Bundesliga star NY bookmakers BetVictor.
Other Premier League sides like Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are also keen to sign him.
The interest from outside England comes in the form of German Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund.
According to the above mentioned bookmakers BetVictor, Liverpool are favourites at the odds of 4/1 to sign him ahead of the London trio of Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur.
The three clubs are at the odds of 8/1 ahead of Borussia Dortmund who are at 12/1 odds to sign him.
Weston McKennie has proven himself to be a utility midfielder that can play as either a defensive midfielder or as a central midfielder.
The American international player has made seven appearances for the national team of the United States of America in addition to 46 appearances in the colours of Bundesliga giants Schalke 04 since he broke into the first team since the start of last season.
At the age of 20, Winston is certainly one for the future though he has already started to show his qualities at Schalke 04.
Liverpool Face Dortmund Threat For Petite Attacker
Liverpool have to see off the competition from German Bundesliga leaders Borussia Dortmund in their pursuit of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner.
The Daily Mirror claim that Borussia Dortmund are the latest club to be linked with the petite attacker.
The 22-year-old has been the subject of transfer interests from clubs like Liverpool and Bayern Munich.
Timo Werner has less than 18 months left on his contract with RB Leipzig and he has so far frustrated his German club in their bid to get him to sign a contract extension.
RB Leipzig chief executive Oliver Mintzlaff has already warned the player that he risked being sold in the summer if he fails to sign a new contract.
Timo Werner has been in sensational form for RB Leipzig and its no wonder that a lot of European clubs are on his trail.
He netted 11 goals in 17 matches before the new German Bundesliga season went on break last month.
His RB Leipzig’s form this season is in stark contrast to the one that he endured for the German national team at last year’s FIFA World Cup tournament in Russia.
Timo Werner didn’t score or assist any goal as Germany crashed out of the tournament in the group stage.
German Bundesliga outfit awaiting Arsenal’s bid for star player
Emerging reports allege that German Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund have been kept waiting for a bid for star player Christian Pulisic from English Premier League side Arsenal.
From every indication, the German Bundesliga team are now set to part ways with the United States international as they are waiting to receive a bid from the North London side.
Reports from ESPN confirm the claim as they state that Christian Pulisic has a commercial draw in the USA which means they will be interested in having a deal for him from the North London side that is largely owned by American businessman Stan Kroenke.
However, West London side Chelsea are reported to have had a bid of about €50m submitted with Liverpool also reported to have surrendered their interest in the star player.
Meanwhile, there are hints that Borussia Dortmund will not have Christian Pulisic sold in the winter transfer window which reopens in coming days as they will only be interested in releasing him in the coming summer window.
Therefore makes the race open again as the likes of Liverpool might be interested in the long run in addition to other unknown suitors.
So far this season, Pulisic has scored three goals and four assists in the 18 appearances under his belt for Dortmund.
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