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Daily Schmankerl: Robert Lewandowski allegedly didn’t want Romelu Lukaku at Bayern Munich; Brazzo never considered Mario Götze; Marc Roca is a fan of Xabi Alonso; and MORE!

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It’s 2020 and somehow there is a story about Robert Lewandowski wanting no parts of Romelu Lukaku as a back-up at Bayern Munich.

FC Bayern Muenchen v Hertha BSC - Bundesliga Photo by Boris Streubel/Getty Images

Lewandowski allegedly didn’t want Lukaku lurking about (Tz)

Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski is unquestionably one the — if not the — best striker in the world. Possessing excellent skill, a nose for goal, and a relentless work ethic, Lewandowski is a rare talent. Tz, however, captured a report from SportBild that the Polish Hitman does not necessarily want too much competition in the locker room:

Lewandowski is said to have once got wind of the fact that the Reds are supposedly interested in the Belgian center forward. According to SportBild , the Bavarian goal machine should not have liked that at all. A striker who could mean some serious competition? The Lewandowski management is said to have directed the Bayern bosses straight away that such a transfer was absolutely not desired.

CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge apparently quickly took the wind out of those sails. There was never anything to the Lukaku rumor. Lewandowski continues to enjoy number one status at Bayern and should not be upset. After all, in Munich they know very well that they currently owe a lot to their nine.

Now, this seems absurd, but this is the Schmankerl after all. Carry on...

Brazzo never wanted Götze (Abendzeitung)

Bayern Munich sporting director did not, alas, have Mario Götze on his “shadow team”:

Rio world champion Mario Götze was not on the shopping list of record champions Bayern Munich in the past transfer period. Götze is “really a good boy” and “we like him in the club”, but “he wasn’t a sporting issue,” said sports director Hasan Salihamidzic (43) in an interview with “Sport Bild.”

I still contend Götze would have been a valuable asset to Bayern Munich, but he’ll get a chance to make a greater impact with PSV Eindhoven.

Inter eyeing Ter Stegen? (Transfer Market Web)

FC Barcelona goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen is drawing interest from multiple clubs. Could Inter Milan take advantage of Barca’s financial uncertainty?

Inquired about by Juventus, Chelsea, PSG, and Bayern Munich, German international goalkeeper Marc-André Ter Stegen (28), according to Mundo Deportivo, has been targeted by Inter Milan. Playing for Barcelona FC since 2014/15, former ‘Gladbach goalie is currently on a deal with Spanish giants until June 2022, and is meanwhile in talks with Blaugrana over a new long-term.

I can’t imagine Ter Stegen leaving Barca any time soon.

Roca a fan of Alonso (Bundesliga.com)

Marc Roca’s arrival from Espanyol gave Bayern Munich was met with much acclaim from fans and those same supporters will be happy to know that the 23-year-old is a big fan of Xabi Alonso.

“I have a lot of favorite players, but Xabi Alonso is one of my great idols,” Roca said. “I’ve always admired his style of play. I want to grow as a football player and take advantage of the opportunity that Bayern offers me. I am very happy to be here with all of these great players. I hope that I can get the best out of it.”

We’ll likely get to see Roca’s debut later today.

Schwarz to Moscow (kicker)

Former Mainz 05 manager Sandro Schwarz will seek to revive his coaching career with Dynamo Moscow:

FSV Mainz 05 - VfL Wolfsburg
Sandro Schwarz always stuck out for the way he dressed.
Photo by Frank Rumpenhorst/picture alliance via Getty Images

Almost a year after leaving Mainz 05, Sandro Schwarz has found a new job: The 41-year-old will train Dynamo Moscow in the future. Zeljko Buvac made contact with the capital city club, who after many years as assistant to Jürgen Klopp is now the manager of the eleven-time national champions.

I don’t know why, but my fascination with the attire of Bundesliga coaches was always peaked by Schwarz (among others). Sure there was Niko Kovac’s yacht club look and Hansi Flick’s “dad going to parent-teacher conference” get-up, but Schwarz had a couple of distinct styles. Sometimes Schwarz dressed like a college kid (as pictured to the side) and sometimes he looked like he was part of a NASCAR pit crew (below).

1. FSV Mainz 05 v FC Sevilla - Opel Cup 2019
Bundesliga manager or member of NASCAR pit crew?
Photo by TF-Images/Getty Images

Ugh (@Goal)

Cristiano Ronaldo is a terminator sent back in time to single-handedly take down the USMNT. Former Schalke 04 man — and Leon Goretzka fan! — Weston McKennie tested positive for COVID-19:

Get well, Weston!