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Daily Schmankerl: Jamal Musiala leaning toward international career with England?; Philadelphia inadvertently helping RB Leipzig?; Arsenal’s Mesut Özil might have suitors; and MORE!

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Musiala committing to the Three Lions...for now (@Plettigoal)

Bayern Munich phenom Jamal Musiala was born in Stuttgart, but spent his formative years in England. Because of that, the 17-year-old is leaning toward an international career with the Three Lions:

Musiala recently was called up to the England U-21 squad despite Germany’s attempt (as detailed above) to convince him to switch. Musiala, who came across as humble and mild-mannered in recent video feature with Chris Richards, seems to have a strong inclination to remain in England’s camp for international play. Germany, however, is hoping that Joachim Löw can help sway the youngster.

In any event — and as Plettenberg reports — Musiala is expected to formally commit within the next six months.

Philadelphia helping Leipzig? (@ManuelVeth)

Philadelphia Union star Brendan Aaronson is on his way to RB Salzburg this winter, but his arrival could inadvertently help RB Leipzig. A speedy and creative attacking midfielder, who can play centrally and out-wide, Aaronson is expected to be the contingency plan for RB Salzburg phenom Dominik Szoboszlai:

A move to RB Leipzig would be an excellent step for Szoboszlai and would provide Julian Nagelsmann with yet another dangerous attacking option. The cost for Szoboszlai would reportedly be €20 million, plus a sell-on fee.

Philadelphia affecting global events...who’d a thunk it?

Anyway, the Union also recently won the 2020 Supporters’ Shield winners and Aaronson was an integral part of the team’s run over the course of the season. He is also known as the “Medford Messi” by one of the truly great accounts on Twitter: Union Hulk (@HulkUnionSmash), which deserves your follow.

Aaronson is from Medford, New Jersey and will join RB Salzburg in January.

The results of the most important vote this month are in... (Bavarian Football Works)

You, the people, have spoken on the most important matter in recent memory:

Was Robert Lewandowski’s blue sweat suit a fashion faux pas?

  • Yes — he looks like a Smurf. 17% (101 votes)
  • No — who cares? 83% (487 votes)

Thank you for your participation!

What a goal! (@James_Dart) from Nicolai Geertsen in Danish Cup action (FEEL IT!):

Germans are going down in droves (@iMiaSanMia)

Germany’s senior team is being hit hard by injuries. In addition to Jonas Hofmann, Nico Schulz and Robin Gosens also left camp with injuries, while Ridle Baku was sent over to the U-21 squad:

Özil has suitors (Transfer Market Web)

Arsenal outcast Mesut Özil is wasting away the twilight of his career in London, but does have some clubs willing to kick the tires on the former Germany international:

Meant to leave Arsenal in January, after about seven years and a half, former German international attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil (32), according to, is currently tracked by Los Angeles Galaxy, DC United, Al-Nassr, and Istanbul Basaksehir. The former Real Madrid playmaker’s €12m annual salary demand stands still, though being quite unsuitable at the time.

Abraham leaving Frankfurt midseason (@eintracht_us)

Eintracht Frankfurt defender — and frequent Robert Lewandowski nemesis — David Abraham is leaving Die Adler at midseason and will retire in Argentina.

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