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Daily Schmankerl: Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz talks Bayern Munich rumors; An update on Manchester City’s Leroy Sane; Transfer round-up for Ante Rebic, Mauro Icardi, and Keylor Navas; and MORE!

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Havertz won’t rule out Bayern move (

Bayer Leverkusen ace Kai Havertz addressed the elephant in the room with Sky Sports (as captured by and acknowledged the rumors linking him to Bayern Munich this summer.

Havertz essentially said that a move was simply not in the cards this year. In addition, Havertz also briefly touched on the transfer collapse that occurred between Bayern Munich and RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner:

They haven’t scared me off. I don’t know exactly what it was like with Timo, but it just didn’t happen for me this year. I think there were a number of reasons why. But I’m happy to be here and stay in Leverkusen for another year. We’ll see what will happen next summer.

Havertz handled the line of questioning well and it’s a good thing...he’s going to hear plenty of “Bayern” questions for the next nine months or so.

Bayern still expected to make a move on Sane during winter (@cfbayern)

The man cannot stop himself from flex-ing. Bild reporter Christian Falk reiterated that Bayern Munich is expected to make a push to sign Manchester City’s Leroy Sane during the winter transfer window:

It would seem that Bayern will spend the next few months preparing a strong bid for Sane, but how much that will be remains a question. A healthy Sane saw Manchester City demanding a nine-figure sum, but a recovering Sane could cause a price reduction, which I’m sure would suit Bayern Munich just fine.

Icardi and Navas join Neymar at PSG (ESPN)

Ivan Perisic’s best friend and former Inter Milan teammate Mauro Icardi joined Paris Saint-Germain yesterday:

After announcing they are keeping Neymar earlier in the week, PSG have signed Mauro Icardi. The French champions have taken the polarizing Icardi on loan from Inter Milan, who have made it clear that Icardi has no future at the club. Icardi, 26, has scored 124 Serie A goals in 219 games with Inter and joins a PSG attack that already boasts Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani.

Perisic and Icardi, of course, are allegedly “not cool” after some disparaging remarks that Icardi’s agent and wife Wanda Nara made about Perisic to the media.

In other PSG news, they kept Neymar and also had former Real Madrid goalkeeper Keylor Navas join the squad. In return, Alphonse Areola joined Real Madrid from PSG.

Rebic went official (@acmilan)

Former Eintracht Frankfurt forward Ante Rebic is now officially on loan with AC Milan, which truthfully does not seem like much of an upgrade, but what do I know. Anyway, Andre Silva was sent to Die Adler from AC Milan in return:

Rebic’s move is disappointing for the Bundesliga and Eintracht Frankfurt alike. It would have been good to see what Rebic could do over the course of this season and if he could carry Die Adler into a Europa League berth, but it’s on to Italy for the 25-year-old.

Some behind the scenes footage from Bayern’s Paulaner shoot (@Bundealiga_EN)

The Paulaner photo shoot is a great event for Bayern Munich every year. Check out some of the things that go on aside of the team picture:

Romano talks his life in the transfer market (You Tube — Bleacher Report)

Did you ever wonder what it’s like for a reporter on the front lines of transfer season? Fabrizio Romano can talk you through how he does it:

Boateng celebrated his birthday accordingly (@JB17Official)

Bayern Munich center-back Jerome Boateng has had a good time celebrating his birthday with his kids:

Boateng and defensive teammate Niklas Süle share today as their birthday. Boateng is 31, while Süle turns 24.

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