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Daily Schmankerl: Future unclear for Javi Martinez; Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski consulted on move for Philippe Coutinho; Erling Haaland will end up in England; Tottenham Hotspur price up Harry Kane; Manchester City want Jerome Boateng; & MORE!

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Martinez unsure of future with Bayern (Transfer Market Web)

Javi Martinez is 31 and has had trouble breaking into Niko Kovac’s starting XI with Bayern Munich so far this season. With a surplus of talent in the midfield and at center-back, it is hard to discern where Martinez falls on the pecking order for Kovac.

With a contract that runs through 2021, it is conceivable that Martinez could be looking for an exit in the winter transfer window or next summer if he prefers playing time over titles:

Playing for Bayern Munich since 2012/13, Spanish center-back/half-back Javi Martinez (31), not deemed up for the main spot anymore, might not be offered a contract extension by German giants. To this end, former Bilbao man, still on a deal with Die Roten until June 2021, might reportedly be up for grabs soon, maybe for a return to his Basque professional roots.

Lewandowski consulted on Coutinho move before it happened (Abendzeitung)

In the summer of 2018, Robert Lewandowski drove Bayern Munich — and its fans — a bit crazy as he flirted with Real Madrid. That posturing — and a newfound commitment to Bavaria — seems to have given the Polish Hitman a more important status within the organization. Specifically, it looks like Lewandowski was consulted about a Bayern potentially making a move for Philippe Coutinho, which of course happened:

As Sport Bild reports, Bavaria’s top striker Robert Lewandowski knew about the loan deal with superstar Philippe Coutinho two days before the public. Lewandowski had vehemently demanded strong newcomers several times during the preparation. According to the report, the Bavarian bosses were involved in the deal. Coutinho changed from FC Barcelona to FC Bayern on loan for one year this summer. After that, there is a purchase option of 120 million euros.

ICYMI: Bayern’s 4-0 win of the Billy Goats (@Bundesliga_EN)

If you missed Bayern Munich’s win over FC Köln from last weekend, the Bundesliga’s Twitter account has you covered:

Haaland dreams of the Premier League (Transfer Market Web)

RB Salzburg rising star Erling Haaland idolizes LA Galaxy legend Zlatan Ibrahimovic and has his eyes on a future in the Premier League:

Linked to many top clubs’ inquiries, after his breakthrough hat-trick CL debut, Red Bull Salzburg and Norwegian NT striker Erling Haaland (19), interviewed by TV2: “Ibrahimovic is the best ever. He’s even Scandinavian, that means Scandinavian football needs another striker to take over him. Since ever, I’ve been dreaming about playing for the best clubs around, especially Premier League ones”. Playing for Austrian giants since last January, former Molde FK hitman is born in Leeds.

Müller takes on food (@FCBayernUS)

Thomas Müller takes you behind the scenes on some German cuisine:

Spurs set monster fee on Kane (Transfer Market Web)

Bayern Munich will be facing Tottenham Hotspur in the Champions League soon enough in a match that should pit the world’s two best strikers against each other as Lewandowski and Harry Kane will face-off. The Spurs, however, know that many clubs would love to take a run at adding Kane and are throwing out crazy numbers as a potential cost for the 26-year-old star:

According to Daily Telegraph, Tottenham owner, Daniel Levy, set a royal 250 million pounds exit fee on English international striker Harry Kane (26). Pretty unrealistic, even for one of the top scorers around the globe right now. Spurs main hitman is tracked by Manchester United and Real Madrid.

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.

City might make a run at Boateng (Transfer Market Web)

With Aymeric Laporte potentially out for months, Pep Guardiola might be looking to a familiar face to bolster Manchester City’s back-line: Jerome Boateng. The 31-year-old defender is valuable depth piece at Bayern Munich, but could potentially be a contributor for City:

While losing Aymeric Laporte, out of injury, several months long, Manchester City management are reportedly weighing up the chance to have a run at German international center-back Jerome Boateng (31). Close to leave Bayern Munich since summer 2018, Boateng, still on a deal with German giants until June 2021, used to play for Premier League giants back in 2010/11.