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Daily Schmankerl: An update on Jerome Boateng and James Rodriguez; Arsenal’s bid for Lille’s Nicolas Pepe rejected or not; RB Leipzig’s Emil Forsberg wants a new deal or a transfer; Flex action on the Callum Hudson-Odoi rumor; and MORE Bayern Munich news!

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Boateng’s future with Bayern still uncertain (Münchner Merkur)

Bayern Munich center-back Jerome Boateng has been in roster limbo for well over a month now. The Bavarian club is still not sure whether it should keep the 30-year-old as a depth piece behind Niklas Sule, Lucas Hernandez, and Benjamin Pavard in the central defense or if it should sell him off to the highest mutually-agreed upon bidder.

Until that is decided, Boateng will continue to work hard per Bayern sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic.

He is doing very well in training and has come out of his holiday in good shape. He has a two-year contract in Munich, we have to wait and see. We will monitor his situation.

Despite his status and possible transfer, Salihamidzic also assured the media that Bayern coach Niko Kovac would manage Boateng in training just like any other player regardless of his possible exit.

At various points, Napoli, Juventus, Inter Milan, AC Milan, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain have all been linked to Boateng, but no formal offers — if any — have been made public.

ICYMI: Bayern to make another bid on Hudson-Odoi (Bavarian Football Works)

In the event you missed our story from last night, Bayern Munich is going to submit another bid for Chelsea rising star Callum Hudson-Odoi.

Also, if you were wondering whether if this story would be the victim of a drive-by “Flex” is your answer:

How do we feel about that?

I am sure the #OdoiBoys have already assembled!

James close to deal with Atleti (Marca)

In a bit of a stunning turn of events, Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez might be headed to Atlético Madrid. There were some whispers that James would consider a move to Atleti, but some major reservations on whether Real Madrid would actually sell him to their nearby rival.

James Rodriguez could become an unlikely, but sensational, move for Atletico Madrid as the club close to seal a transfer that will bring him to the Estadio Wanda Metropolitano. The Colombian wants to stay and live in Madrid, while Los Rojiblancos are fond of the player’s quality, he himself is keen on the move across town. Atletico are close to completing James’ signing from Real Madrid, with his current club the only obstacle standing in the way.

The move to Atleti would be a big blow to Carlo Ancelotti as Napoli was looking forward to bringing in the Colombia international.

Forsberg unhappy with contract situation in Leipzig (SZ)

RB Leipzig is running into a few problems with some key players on its roster. We already know that Timo Werner is reluctant to sign a new deal with the club and now Emil Forsberg might be headed down the same road.

Forsberg’s agent Hasan Cetinkaya accused RB Leipzig of breaking its promise of a contract extension or a transfer.

Emil is naturally disappointed. He has the chance to take the next step. And now the people who made promises to him last year are not keeping them.

Forsberg has been rumored to want a change of scenery, but would allegedly also accept a contract extension if Die Roten Bullen can up his pay. Forsberg’s current deal runs through 2022.

At one point, Forsberg was linked to Bayern Munich as a potential part of the solution to replace Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery, but that talk has been non-existent of late.

I actually like Forsberg a lot, but Bayern might not be a place where he would be happy as he would likely be a second-tier option behind established starters Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry. Forsberg, though, is a player who many might doubt how he would fit despite his excellent quality in crossing the ball and knack for cutting inside.

Pepe is too costly for the Gunners or not...who do you believe? (@bbcsport_david)

Get French Football News (@GFFN) cited a report from L’Equipe which stated that Arsenal submitted an €80 million bid for Lille winger Nicolas Pepe, which was rejected.

A differing report out of England, however, stated that Pepe’s cost is just too rich for Arsenal’s blood (according to BBC reporter David Ornstein) and that the Gunners have NOT submitted a proposal to Lille for Pepe. Per both reports, the alleged bid (or stated cost, depending on which account you believe) was €80 million for Pepe.

Either way — €80 million for Pepe? That’s a HARD pass from me.

Celtic fires back on Morrison rumor (67 Hail Hail)

Celtic is not ready to give up the fight on retaining 16-year-old center-back Liam Morrison per assistant coach John Kennedy.

I know there’s been a discussion but we’re trying to sign Liam on a professional contract. There’s a lot of interest from elsewhere but nothing’s happened, nothing has been agreed, we’re still in the mix and we want to keep our players here. We need to speak to Liam, his representatives, his parents and see where it goes.

Bayern trained in their new way kits today (@iMiaSanMia)

I like these kits honestly, but I was also a huge fan of the 2017-2018 white kit as well.

Here is another view of the full kit:

Beckenbauer maintain good spirits after losing sight in right eye (Bild)

Bayern Munich legend Fran Beckenbauer has lost vision in his right eye and spoke about it late last week:

I’ve had health problems for a while now. That is known. Now I was last in a special clinic, because circulatory disturbances in the eye were determined. That turned out to be an eye attack. Now I see little to nothing in the right eye.

Yikes! Somehow, though, Beckenbauer stays positive with a little humor:

So, do not be angry with me if I do not see one of you and run you down.