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Daily Schmankerl: Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid enter race for Julian Brandt; Bayern linked to Henry Onyekuru; NFL games to the Allianz Arena (?!); and MORE!

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Brandt getting interest from Spain (Münchner Merkur)

In addition to Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, Real Madrid and Atletico Madrid are interested in acquiring Bayer Leverkusen’s Julian Brandt.

New competition for FC Bayern in terms of Julian Brandt. According to the Spanish media, two clubs from Madrid are keen on the dribblers of Bayer Leverkusen: Real and Atletico Madrid. Brandt can leave thanks to an exit clause for the bargain price of 25 million euros in the summer of the club.

The allegedly newfound availability of Brandt is puzzling. The 22-year-old has certainly elevated his play under Peter Bosz, maintained his roster spot on Die Mannschaft, and is still so young. It seems as if a sale after this season would be jumping the gun by Die Werkself.

For what it’s worth, Brandt does not sound like he is eager to leave Leverkusen, so the spike in rumors is very curious:

I have always said how well I feel in this club. I do not run around and think: Actually, I do not want to be here anymore. I know what I have here.

For his part, Brandt has been very solid on the pitch of late.

NFL Games to the Allianz Arena? Clark Hunt wants to make it happen (Bild)

In a story we will cover more in depth later today, Kansas City Chiefs owner Clark Hunt wants to bring NFL games to the Allianz Arena. Hunt is also the owner of Bayern’s North American MLS partner FC Dallas.

Onyekuru has steep price tag (Sport Witness)

Bayern has allegedly been interested in Everton forward Henry Onyekuru, but now there could be a costs associated with the player. The Nigerian won’t be cheap:

According to a claim in the Turkish media, Bayern Munich have stepped up their pursuit to sign Everton forward Henry Onyekuru. However, it seems the Everton sporting director will put up a fight to keep the 21-year-old at Goodison Park after reportedly telling Salihamidzic it will cost the Bundesliga champions €40m to sign him.

Hudson-Odoi earns senior team call-up (Münchner Merkur)

Chelsea winger Callum Hudson-Odoi continues to progress even if the talk of a potential move to Bayern has simmered down. The 18-year-old was called up to England’s senior team for this international break.

Callum Hudson-Odoi, who was recruited by German football champions Bayern Munich, has been appointed to the England squad for the first time. This was announced by the British FA on Monday. “It was a crazy day that I’m in the A squad for the first time, it’s a great feeling,” said Hudson-Odoi. “When I found out, I was shocked, I could not believe it, a dream come true.”

Podolski embracing Japanese culture (@COPA90)

Lukas Podolski getting his Sumo work in?