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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich waiting for Neymar fallout with Real Madrid and FC Barcelona; Cost an issue with Espanyol’s Marc Roca; Ante Rebic to Bayern?; Updates on Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, Donny van de Beek, and Edinson Cavani; plus MORE!

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Bayern waiting for Neymar fallout (Mundo Deportivo)

There will inevitably be some fallout depending on where Neymar moves. Should the Paris Saint-Germain star move to Real Madrid, Gareth Bale, James Rodriguez, and Isco are among the players who are expected to be available. If the Brazil international moves to FC Barcelona, however, we could see players like Philippe Coutinho or even Ousmane Dembélé quickly moved out:

Philippe Coutinho still has a very uncertain future at Barça. After the option of returning to the Premier League was closed because Tottenham Hotspur could not come to an agreement with Barca.

On the one hand, there is the PSG option, which must be decided if it would agree to include the Brazilian soccer player in a deal for Neymar. On the other hand, Bayern Munich has probed its signing through its representatives. The Germans have wanted to know in detail what are the conditions that Barça requires for a transfer and if there would also be the option of having him on loan, knowing what is the high salary it perceives in Barça.

Bild’s Christian Falk flexed the Coutinho rumor, however, swiftly and with precision:

Falk, however, provided some his take on Bayern’s wait-and-see plan, which could include Dembélé:

Barca and Real Madrid are both working hard to get Neymar and each club could offer a combination of players and money to procure the Brazilian. In addition to that, each club would likely have to shed some salary, which could open some possibilities up for Bayern Munich.

Inter looking at Rebic (Marca)

With Ivan Perisic allegedly on his way to Bayern Munich, Inter Milan is looking at a few options, including Atlético Madrid’s Angel Correa and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Ante Rebic. Correa appears to be the first option, while Rebic is the contingency plan:

The soap opera for the signing of Angel Correa to Milan remains undefined, the difference between the Lombards and Atletico would be 10 million euros and five in bonuses. Faced with this situation, the plan B of the ‘Rossoneri’ is Croatian Ante Rebic of Eintracht Frankfurt.

I know Rebic is a guy who sometimes causes a heated debate when his name pops up in a transfer rumor, but I love the approach he brings to the game and his toughness. He seems like the kind of player that could fill a role on any team.

Regardless, Eintracht Frankfurt Adi Hütter told kicker that he is hopeful the club can keep Rebic, but also that he understands if a player would make a move to top club:

If a player may have the opportunity to go to a top club, then it will be just that you can hold him hard. As of now he is a player of Eintracht Frankfurt, you don’t have to say anything more about that.

However, it’s flex heavy today in the Schmankerl, as Falk struck once again and indicated that perhaps Bayern Munich could be interested in adding a little more of the “scumbag gene” that Niko Kovac once raved about to the roster:

Rebic had a hat trick in Eintracht Frankfurt’s 5-3 win over SV Waldhof Mannheim in the DFB-Pokal yesterday.

Falk talks Roca and gives us an odd flex (Get German Football News)

Bild chief Christian Falk gave an interview to Get German Football News and he dropped a few bits of knowledge, including that Espanyol’s Marc Roca might be too expensive in the eyes of Bayern:

Because they don’t have to spend money on Sané at the moment Bayern have more space for other transfers like Espanyol’s Marc Roca, but €40 million (his release clause) is a lot of money in the transfer market. It may happen that he is now in the sight of Bayern Munich again, because they have more money now. Salihamidzic we know, met the player’s representatives in Paris, so he is still a player that Bayern Munich have an interest in. His club doesn’t want to sell him cheaper. Before, Bayern wasn’t able to spend this money, and tried to get him cheaper but Espanyol said no, so they will have to pay to release clause.

Falk Master Flex also hopped on Twitter to flex on the rumor linking Juventus midfielder Sami Khedira to FC Koln.

Bayern vs. Energie Cottbus: A prediction (Bavarian Football Works)

The first-round match of the DFB-Pokal should be a cakewalk for Bayern Munich, but there is always some (maybe a little...okay, maybe very little) chance that Energie Cottbus could shock the world.

I can’t see that happening.

Bayern should roll right through this game and just about the only moment of intrigue should be who will be in Niko Kovac’s starting XI and what kind of formation he rolls out. The formation discussion has captivated our comment section, but with a much more stringent test waiting ahead on Friday in Hertha Berlin, it will be interesting to see how Kovac manages his players during this contest.

No matter who plays and how they line-up, Bayern should be able to roll through the opposition.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 6, Energie Cottbus 0

The Real Madrid locker room must be awesome right now (Transfer Market Web)

Real Madrid Zinedine Zidane provided a less-than-ringing endorsement on James Rodriguez and Gareth Bale:

Maybe just restating the obvious, Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane, asked about outcasts Gareth Bale’s and James Rodriguez’s future, told Spanish media: “To date, both James and Bale are players of ours, and are part of Real Madrid plans. The one you are aware of is the roster we are starting 2019/20 La Liga with. Anything can happen before transfer market window shuts down, of course, but that’s how things are, right now.”

Van de Beek getting closer to a Madrid move (Marca)

Ajax star Donny van de Beek could be the latest Dutchman to move abroad as he is reportedly heavy into negotiations with Real Madrid. Van de Beek was linked to Bayern Munich at one point earlier in the transfer window:

Donny Van de Beek has confirmed the negotiations he has with Real Madrid while the whites seek an alternative to Paul Pogba. Reports earlier this month that claimed that the whites had already agreed to a 60 million fee with Ajax for the Dutch star. The midfielder has now confirmed that his movement is approaching with all parties working to get the agreement to exceed the line.

Van de Beek acknowledged the rumors, but assured Ajax fans that his focus remains in the Netherlands until there is a final contract offer to sign:

There are still negotiations. I would like things to be resolved as soon as possible. When I’m at the stadium and playing, I never think about my possible movement.

Cavani to MLS? (@Alzquierdo10)

It appears that Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani is seriously considering a move to MLS to become the centerpiece of David Beckham’s Inter Miami club:

@ECavaniOfficial to @MLS!! The #Uruguayan striker would be new player of the @InterMiamiCF at the end of his contract with @PSG_inside next June. The highest scorer in the history of @PSG_English, he’d be bringing his #goals to the new #franchise of @futbolMLS @FOXSports