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Daily Schmankerl: So many James Rodriguez rumors; Juventus eyeing Aaron Ramsey; a Krzysztof Piatek update; and MORE!

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At some point this international break HAS to end....right?

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More swap talk on James Rodriguez and Paulo Dybala (Calciomercato)

Another day, another theory on what will happen with James...

The Colombian, assisted by Jorge Mendes, is not a protagonist for the German club under the leadership of Kovac. A few appearances, some disagreement with the manager and a feeling with the environment that seems to have broken. In Germany, it is rumored that Rodriguez had discussions with the club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic. On the other side, Dybala is improving at Juventus with excellent performances.

Technically, James still belongs to Real Madrid, even though Bayern opened up to the possibility of redeeming the player for 42 million last summer. The environmental tensions and the consequent lack of minutes for the Colombian playmaker, however, have led to new arguments at Bayern.

At the moment there are many doubts about the possibility of buying Rodriguez outright at the end of the season. Without that, obviously, the potential exchange with Dybala would fail. Although maybe, if James really returns to Real Madrid, the deal could be completed with Real Madrid, provided that Juventus will be interested in dealing on these bases.

Or if you prefer this one... (Calciomercato)

The Italians are really hoping for a miracle and somehow hope they can get James on the cheap after the season, but as has been covered many times, there are A LOT of obstacles for any team outside of Bayern or Real Madrid hoping to procure James. It is possible, but a lot of discussions would have to take place...and certainly not for a paltry sum.

German giants Bayern Munich will reportedly not take up the option of signing James Rodriguez permanently next summer, allowing Juventus the opportunity to pounce on him. Rodriguez has rediscovered his spark at Bavaria during his ongoing two-year long loan spell at the club. While he is currently injured, he has become an important part of Bayern’s side. Corriere dello Sport’s front page today suggests that Juventus could pounce of James, as Bayern look to stay away from the option of signing the Colombian on a permanent basis.

Has Juventus swooped in on Aaron Ramsey? (The Sun)

Whether you were in the “Yes, bring Aaron Ramsey in!” or “No!!!!!!!” camp, it might not matter. Reports out of England say that Juventus is about to make a play for the Welshman.

AARON RAMSEY will pick up £10.4million a year by moving to Juventus. SunSport can reveal the Italians have put together a mega-money package to land the Arsenal star on a free transfer.Ramsey is set to run his Gunners contract down instead of being part of a January deal for Roma striker Patrik Schick.

Roma sources are resigned to Ramsey, 27, picking Juve over them. Bayern Munich are also monitoring the situation. Arsenal withdrew a bumper new four-year contract for the Wales midfielder in September, alerting Europe’s top clubs.

Ramsey is free to speak to oversea clubs in January and can sign a pre-contract. The Sun claim Juventus are attempting to hijack Bayern’s move for Ramsey after it was suggested the Welshman was on the verge of agreeing a deal with the German giants. Juventus want Ramsey to see out his contract with Arsenal, so that he can join them on a free transfer in the summer.

Robert Lewandowski is on target (@FCBayernEN)

The Polish Hitman is likely sitting out his country’s match against Portugal on Tuesday due to a knee ailment (JUST what Bayern needs), but here is a cool video from an older training session with Die Roten.

Krzysztof Piatek is looking for a new home (Sky Sports)

Reported Bayern target Krzysztof Piatek seems anxious to bolt Genoa.

Genoa striker Krzysztof Piatek has issued a come-and-get-me plea to Europe’s top clubs after a stunning start to the season in Italy. The Polish forward has nine goals in just 11 Serie A starts since moving this summer. “The dream of those who come to Genoa is that they use it as a stepping stone towards a big club,” Piatek said. ”If I continue this way, I could sign for a big club. My objective is to play in the Champions League.” (Corriere della Sera)

A call for fan groups (BavarianFootballWorks.com)

We are trying something here at the Daily Schmankerl and need YOUR help. If you read my man Tommy Adams’ piece about his experience with the FCBNYC Fan Club (if you haven’t, SHAME ON YOU!), you could see how great the event was. So we want to highlight some of these wonderful groups that are out there globally and this is what we need from you:

  • Name of the group
  • Location
  • Year founded
  • Leadership (if you have people are kind of running the show)
  • Meeting place
  • Social media handles
  • Pictures

We want to be able to feature a different fan group every week this season. Maybe we can do it, maybe not...but only YOU can help decide the fate of this idea. Send your info to: barrelsportsblog@gmail.com