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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich eyeing AS Roma’s Cengiz Ünder, but no update on Philippe Coutinho; FC Barcelona and Real Madrid set to battle over Neymar; Sebastian Rudy talks Schalke 04 nightmare; plus MORE!

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Roma v Sassuolo Serie A 26/12/2018. Photo by Giuseppe Maffia/NurPhoto via Getty Images

Ünder-whelming contingency plan or just what is needed? (Tutto Mercato Web)

AS Roma’s bright young winger Cengiz Ünder was rumored to be on Bayern Munich’s radar over the winter, but the 21-year-old had been more recently linked to a move to England. With Chelsea and Arsenal said to be interested in the talented young player, it was thought Ünder was headed to the Premier League.

Now, however, with the Premier League’s transfer window closed, things might be changing with regard to Bayern’s interest in Ünder:

Not just Ivan Perisic. After losing the (Leroy) Sané affair due to the injury sustained by the attacking outside player for Manchester City, Sky reports that Bayern Munich has focused its eyes on Serie A to reinforce its offense and, in addition to the Croatian, has put a target on Cengiz Under. The Class of ‘97 Turkish footballer arrived at Rome in the summer of 2017.

In early July, we did see Ünder’s name come back into sight briefly with regard to Bayern, but nothing has emerged since. While the move for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic appears to be getting close to finalized (if it is not already), Bayern is still looking for multiple reinforcements.

No contact for Bayern on Coutinho...yet (Abendzeitung)

For those hoping to get Philippe Coutinho from FC Barcelona, things seem to not really be progressing:

Is Bayern catching an absolute high-profile from FC Barcelona? Most recently, Philippe Coutinho has been associated with a move to Munich, in the coming weeks, a change could take concrete forms.

The Brazilian could not meet the expectations after his move from Liverpool in winter 2018 and is now for sale. Last Tottenham Hotspur was interested, but the proposed lending business was not eligible for either Barca or Coutinho.

As reported by Sky Sport, the topic for the Munich could still be specific in this transfer period. According to his agent, there is currently no contact, but one does not want to rule out that something will happen in this direction within the next three weeks.

Barca and Los Blancos to do battle over Neymar (Managing Madrid)

We all sort of knew that it was going to come down to this, didn’t we? Brazil international Neymar wants out of Paris Saint-Germain and it seems as if FC Barcelona and Real Madrid are the only teams in contention to procure his services:

Paris Saint-Germain star Neymar Jr. wants to leave the French club this summer and FC Barcelona and Real Madrid will battle to sign the Brazilian attacker, according to reports from Marca, AS and Sport.

Real Madrid thought about making an effort for Manchester United’s Paul Pogba but in the end it will be very difficult for Los Blancos to complete the signing of the French midfielder now that the transfer window in the Premier League has closed without United securing the signing of a quality replacement. Apparently, now Madrid will focus on signing Neymar.

Falk flexes on Mandzukic (@cfbayern)

After failing to make a move to Manchester United, Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic is turning back toward Bayern Munich with open arms. Apparently the Bayern front office initially rejected Niko Kovac’s request to bring in Mandzukic, but now the club is reconsidering the request. Falk Master Flex was there to do what he does best....flex:

Philipp moves to Moscow on 20 million deal (kicker)

Borussia Dortmund’s Max Philipp has moved on to FC Dynamo Moscow on a €20 million deal:

It was very special for me to play for Borussia Dortmund. I’d like to thank the black and yellow family for their support over the past two years, and for me, having my age as a priority as getting as much playing practice as possible is what makes me look forward to a new challenge.

Rudy talks Schalke after move back to TSG 1899 (Bild)

Sebastian Rudy has had quite a ride since leaving Bayern Munich at the end of last summer. Rudy transferred to Schalke 04, which seemed like a good idea at the time. Little did the 29-year-old know that he was walking into a complete and utter dumpster fire on train that was about to careen off of a cliff. Rudy sat down with Bild and talked through things from his perspective:

I have to say: I was hoping for something completely different. It did not go as I wished and imagined. I thought the plan and ideas presented were right for me. In the decision for Schalke I was fully convinced, but I had other options. As humble as it sounds, I’m also grateful for this negative experience and sure it will make me mature.

“Negative experience” is about as mildly as the former Germany international could state that. The roster imploded and quit, Domenico Tedesco was over-matched and could not figure out a way to best utilize the assets on the team, there were key injuries, and there was just an overall never-ending rut of poor play:

I was never able to show what makes me different. There were other skills than mine in demand, I did not fit in there with my style. Unfortunately, after a year I have to say: Schalke, was not for me. I did not fit.

Now back with Hoffenheim, Rudy is ready to forget last season and move on:

It was best for me to change. I am overjoyed.

ICYMI: The new boys break it down (Bavarian Football Works)

Tremendous work here by Phillip Quinn in compiling the performances from yesterday. When the video drops of Niko Kovac doing “99 Luftballons” by Nena, it’s going to break the internet.

More cool team building exercises for Bayern (@FCBayern)