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Daily Schmankerl: Robert Lewandowski’s eyewear; Bayern Munich’s Champions League draw; A Neymar agreement for FC Barcelona and PSG?; Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic to PSG?; and MORE!

Anyone have any idea how Niko Kovac is going to line up Bayern Munich tomorrow?

FC Bayern Muenchen Extends Contract With Robert Lewandowski Until 2023 Photo by M. Donato/FC Bayern via Getty Images

Great news, but about those glasses... (@FCBayernUS)

I think it would be safe to say that most Bayern Munich fans were excited about the news of Robert Lewandowski signing a contract extension. It would be hard to think of anything being bad about extending the deal of the best striker in the world through 2023:

But...those glasses, though. I mean...dude. He’s a mullet and a transfer request to an MLS expansion team in Waco from leading the Branch Davidians:

Jovic to PSG? (Sports Mole)

Former Eintracht Frankfurt star and Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic might not be the apple of Zinedine Zidane’s eye, but he is drawing the interest of Paris Saint-Germain:

Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly attempting to sign Real Madrid striker Luka Jovic. Jovic joined Madrid from Eintracht Frankfurt at the start of June, and the 21-year-old has made two substitute appearances for the Spanish club at the start of the 2019-20 campaign.

Earlier this month, it was suggested that the Serbia international had failed to impress Los Blancos boss Zinedine Zidane since arriving at the Bernabeu. However, the center-forward recently insisted that he would not be leaving the Spanish capital before the European transfer window closes at the start of next week.

I’d love to know what the story is with Jovic. With such a natural nose for the goal, Jovic seemed like he would be able to at least stay in good graces at Real Madrid, but that has not happened. We all know how finicky Zidane could be, perhaps Jovic is just another player (like Gareth Bale and James Rodriguez) that Zidane won’t let himself like.

Bayern’s UCL draw (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich’s Champions League draw for Group B was interesting. The inclusion of Tottenham Hotspur certainly presents a quality match-up for Bayern Munich. The thought of a Robert Lewandowski vs. Harry Kane showdown is certainly something that should excite fans, while Red Star Belgrade has shown the ability to shock anyone (just ask Liverpool). As for Olympiacos? Well, it’s never quite so easy to travel to Greece.

Anyway, my prediction for how this group will shake out would be:

  1. Bayern Munich
  2. Tottenham Hotspur
  3. Red Star Belgrade
  4. Olympiacos

Speaking of the UCL draw, the reaction from Slavia Prague’s ownership when they found the squad was grouped with FC Barcelona, Borussia Dortmund, and Inter Milan was priceless:

Max running out of options (kicker)

Once looked at by FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Schalke 04, and Borussia Mönchengladbach, FC Augsburg’s Phillipp Max is running out of options now. Max is said to want to leave the club and now Atalanta could be a candidate, although things don’t look good:

Philipp Max wants to leave Augsburg, but a transfer fails so far because of the demands of FCA. Recently, Atalanta Bergamo showed interest in taking a loan of the left-back for a year. As Bild reports, the FCA manager Stefan Reuter is calling for a fee of four million euros, which was too much for the Italian Champions League participant. According to kicker information, it is extremely unlikely that a loan to Bergamo will be made. Another option for Max is off the table: His former club Schalke have now found a left-back with Juan Miranda (19, FC Barcelona B).

Looking for some weekly Bundesliga predictions? I’ve got you covered (The Barrel)

If you are looking to kill some time this morning and want a brief preview on each Bundesliga match (along with some predictions that will most likely go up in flames quickly), I’ve got you covered here.

A Neymar deal imminent? (BBC Sport)

It looks like FC Barcelona and Paris Saint-Saint Germain have agreed on a number that would see Neymar rejoin Barca. That number is €200 million, but could go lower if Barcelona can convince any of its players to go to Paris — which has not been easy. So far, midfielder Ivan Rakitic and defender Jean-Clair Todibo have each been offered as part of a sale, while forward Ousmane Dembele has been offered to go to PSG on loan:

Barcelona and Paris St-Germain have “reached an agreement on the value of Neymar” as a deal edges closer, says BBC Radio 5 Live’s Guillem Balague. Both value the Brazilian at 200m euros (£182m), but to pay less Barca have offered defender Jean-Clair Todibo and midfielder Ivan Rakitic, plus forward Ousmane Dembele on a season-long loan. At the moment, all three players have rejected the move. Officials from both teams met in Paris on Tuesday to discuss a possible deal.


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