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Daily Schmankerl: Niklas Süle “dreams” of Manchester United; Dominik Szoboszlai almost joined AC Milan, but Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and others got involved; Joao Felix not impressed with PSG links; and MORE!

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Süle dreams of Manchester (@cfbayern)

Sport Bild chief Christian Falk went full flexxxxx yesterday in announcing that Bayern Munich center-back Niklas Süle dreams of playing for Manchester United:

So...for whatever that above is worth, Süle’s deal ends in 2022 and we already know that Bayern Munich is eager to extend the 25-year-old’s deal. Will he stick with Bayern Munich or will he make the jump to the Premier League?

Szoboszlai almost joined Milan until bigger suitors jumped in (MilanNews)

RB Salzburg Dominik Szoboszlai’s transfer saga has been dominating headlines in the Daily Schmankerl and beyond of late, but all of this might have been quelled if not for a group of meddling power clubs.

Per website MilanNews, Szoboszlai was close to joining AC Milan until Arsenal, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, RB Leipzig, and others decided to ramp up their interest in the budding star.

A move to AC Milan could still happen according to Hungary national team manager Marco Rossi, though. Rossi was interviewed by the radio station Punto Nuovo and revealed the interest from Italy has not waned.

“He was very close to Milan when there was talk of Ragnick’s arrival as manager, but Napoli were also interested,” Rossi said (via MilanLive as captured by SempreMilan). “If he were to really arrive in Italy, I’m sure Dominik would be a complete player.”

Haaland not going anywhere for a while? (Sport Bild)

In what is probably good news for Borussia Dortmund fans, Erling Haaland might not be going anywhere for a while — at least per his dad.

Alf-Inge Haaland told “Sport 1” (as captured by Sport Bild) that his son wants to “win a few trophies” in Dortmund and “still achieve a lot and develop well in Germany.”

“If you play well, it’s only logical that big clubs knock on the door,” said the elder Haaland. “But we’re talking about speculation here. We have signed a long contract with Dortmund and BVB has a fantastic team for Erling at this moment,” Alfe-Inge Haaland said. “We don’t want to look any further yet.”

Alf-Inge Haaland did, however, provide this caveat about his son: “He wants to — and can — assert himself in all leagues.”

With the rumored €75 million exit clause potentially in effect after the 2021/2022 season, Alfe-Inge Haaland insists that neither he nor his son are looking ahead.

“We haven’t talked about such a move so far,” said Alfe-Inge Haaland. “(Borussia Dortmund) is a great club for young players and a successful club. They have taken care of Erling 100% from day one.”

For his part, Erling Haaland is just focusing on his craft and hates missing the net...even in practice:

Reyna extends with BVB (@BlackYellow)

United States phenom Gio Reyna signed a contract extension with Borussia Dortmund through the 2024/2025 season:

Podolski hits the ice (@brfootball)

Lukas Podolski will play a game for his local club, Kölner Haie, after pledging to lace up his skates if 100,00 virtual tickets were sold to help the team stay afloat financially:

Felix wants to stay with Atleti and push aside move to PSG (The World Game)

Atletico Madrid’s Joao Felix is considered one of La Liga’s best young talents, which has pushed him firmly on the radar of Paris Saint-Germain. Even with the Ligue 1 power calling his name, Felix wants to remain with Atleti. Atletico Madrid, of course, has a key Champions League match against Bayern Munich on December 1st:

Joao Felix is not thinking about leaving Atletico Madrid amid Paris Saint-Germain’s interest, according to Record. Signed by Atletico for a reported €126million last year, Joao Felix has started to star for Diego Simeone’s side.

Only Mikel Oyarzabal (six goals and two assists) has been directly involved in more La Liga goals than Joao Felix (five goals and two assists) this season. Joao Felix has also created five big chances – the second most behind Sergio Canales – for Atletico, who are unbeaten in La Liga ahead of hosting Barcelona.

Now, a word from guest Schmankerl contributor RLD:

Bundesliga Alums Kovac and Volland hand PSG a hard loss (Le Parisien)

It seems that former Bayern manager Niko Kovac relishes the underdog role against big clubs. Mid-table Monaco came out of the half 2-0 down to the French giants but after what must have been an amazing halftime speech Kovac’s squad came out on fire and scored three unanswered to deliver a famous victory against last year’s Champions League finalists.

Kevin Volland scored a brace and won the penalty that Cesc Fàbregas converted to give Monaco the win. The penalty also resulted in a yellow-converted-to-red-by-VAR for Abdou Diallo. If not for the pandemic, there would have been one hell of a party in Monaco tonight. And there ain’t no party like a Monaco party.

FBL-FRA-LIGUE1-MONACO-BORDEAUX Photo by VALERY HACHE/AFP via Getty Images