LEIPZIG, GERMANY - DECEMBER 22: Milos Veljkovic (R) of Bremen challenges for the ball with Timo Werner of Leipzig during the Bundesliga match between RB Leipzig and SV Werder Bremen at Red Bull Arena on December 22, 2018 in Leipzig, Germany. (Photo by Matthias Kern/Bongarts/Getty Images)

Bayern Munich legend Lothar Matthaus warned his old club that Borussia Dortmund could snatch Timo Werner from right under their noses

The Bavarians have been strongly linked with a move for Werner over the past month as he considers whether or not to commit his long-term future to RB Leipzig.

The Germany international’s contract at Leipzig will expire in June 2020 and the club’s chief executive, Oliver Mintzlaff, has already warned Werner he will be sold unless he signs a new deal.

Recent reports in Germany have since suggested that Dortmund are ready to rival Bayern for the 22-year-old forward.

And Matthaus believes Dortmund can be a genuine threat to Bayern’s bid to sign Werner.

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“You can also win the Bundesliga, play in the Champions League and achieve great things there,” Matthaus wrote on Sky.

“In the end, the question will be where he sees the best overall package, and which perspective he considers the most tempting if he leaves Leipzig.

“Financially, of course, Bayern would be able to make a bigger offer than Borussia Dortmund. But Watzke and co have managed the club well, have full coffers and a lot to offer.”

“If Timo has to decide between the two big German clubs, he will consider whether he would accept competition from Lewandowski and the other huge stars, and which impression the club bosses and the respective coaches make.”

Werner has scored 11 times in 17 Bundesliga games for Leipzig this season.