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Daily Schmankerl: Lewandowski to be operated on Saturday; Solskjaer plays down Haaland rumor; Granit Xhaka on his way to Hertha?!; Ibrahimović to Everton?

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There are a lot of rumors about RB Salzburg’s break-out start — Haaland, but Solskjaer put an end to one. Read more about it below.

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Lewandowski to be operated on Saturday immediately after game (kicker)

Interim head coach Hansi Flick said at today’s press conference that Robert Lewandowski would undergo the minor surgery to repair a groin issue immediately after Bayern’s game against Wolfsburg on Saturday. The anticipated recover time is 10 to 14 days. Neither Bayern nor Lewandowski want to lose any time. They hope that he will be fit and ready to rejoin the team in time for their winter training camp at the Aspire Academy in Doha, Qatar.

Ole Gunnar Solskjaer plays down the rumors of possible Erling Haaland move to Manchester United in January (ESPNFC)

According to ESPN, Solskjaer denied the rumors of a potential move of RB Salzburg’s youngster to Manchester United. Sources at ESPN found out that Manchester United enquired about Haaland, who has also been linked with moves to RB Leipzig, Juventus, and Borussia Dortmund, and Solskjaer has traveled to Salzburg to meet with the 19-year-old’s agents.

Anthony Gordon all grown up

Granit Xhaka on his way to Hertha Berlin?! (ESPN)

The ex-Arsenal captain is on his way out of the London club. After a disappointing season, it is time to move on. He is reportedly in talks with Hertha Berlin over a potential Winter move. Current Hertha’s coach, Jurgen Klinsmann sees him as the perfect player for struggling Hertha.

Xhaka came to Arsenal from Borussia Monchengladbach for €45 million. However, three years on, a fee in the region of €20m to €30m is being discussed.

Throwback Tuesday — As it is Mbappé’s birthday today, let’s remember the time Thiago Silva gave Mbappé a ninja turtle mask in a Dior box!

Zlatan Ibrahimović to Everton? (The Telegraph)

The future is still unclear for the Swedish veteran striker. There have been a lot of rumors regarding his next move. He has been strongly linked with a move to Seria A, but now the story has gotten another spin.

The latest rumor has it that after Everton has hired Carlo Ancelotti, they will go after the Swedish striker. It is still a big question whether Everton will be able to sign Ancelotti, but if they do, they will certainly compete among the top 6 clubs. Everton is also not that happy with Moise Kean and are looking for a quick replacement, and for now it seems that they’ve found their target man.

Pep Guardiola demanding changes at Manchester City (Mail Online)

Manchester City isn’t having the greatest season. They have unexpectedly been struggling in a lot of games. They are currently third, behind Leicester City and Liverpool. But the news is getting worse for Manchester City, as Guardiola faces unexpected departures. It is rumored that both Sané and Joao Cancelo want to leave the club as soon as January. Pep’s assistant coach Mikel Arteta is also reportedly joining Arsenal as head coach.

Manchester City are now afraid that they might lose Pep at the end of this season, as rumors about his future multiply. Recently it was discovered that,

...there is an agreement that Guardiola could walk away at the end of the current season should certain stipulations that satisfy the club be met. The break clause ensures that if Guardiola did decide to leave, he would not be in breach of his contract.