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Daily Schmankerl: FC Barcelona ready to move on Bayern Munich’s David Alaba, but was he already offered to Real Madrid?; Erling Haaland’s potential destinations; Thomas Müller just keeps going; and MORE!

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David Alaba transfer rumors are all the rage and FC Barcelona is considered a strong contender to land the Bayern Munich star.

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Barca and Real ready to pounce on Alaba (Sport Witness)

David Alaba’s contract battle with Bayern Munich is going to be at the forefront of news until there is finality. Accordingly, Sport Witness eyeballed a report from Sky Germany and is reporting that FC Barcelona is preparing for a move on the 28-year-old Austria international:

There is some good news for Barcelona, and that’s the fact they could land a very big signing next summer if all goes to plan. This is according to Sky Germany, who have a very big article about the situation surrounding David Alaba, as the Austria international looks less and less likely to sign a new contract at Bayern Munich.

As for where he could move, there are two options: Real Madrid and Barcelona. They are described as the ‘big favorites to sign the defensive all-rounder’, and his versatility would certainly go a long way in Ronald Koeman’s squad, as the Catalans have faced defensive struggles at Camp Nou this season. Yes, he would be another high wage, but he would also be free of any transfer spend, which is a big deal in Barcelona these days.

More, Sky Sports UK (per Transfer Market Web) is reporting that Real Madrid has been “offered” Alaba:

According to Sky Sports UK, Austrian international left-back David Alaba (28), through his own entourage, has just been offered to Real Madrid, a destination Bayern Munich long-lasting player is allegedly fancying upon. While the player might still have his deal with German giants extended beyond current June 2021 deadline, also Juventus and Inter Milan were proposed his likes, ahead of next winter window.

So, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Juventus, and Inter Milan...plus Liverpool, Manchester City, and Paris Saint-Germain are ALL in on Alaba. You keeping up?

Haaland’s future (Sport Bild)

Speaking of burning transfer topics, Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland’s future is always a point of discussion. That said, both Lothar Matthäus and RB Salzburg sporting director Christoph Freund have takes on where the 20-year-old phenom could eventually land. Freund first covered how Haaland’s transfer away from Salzburg went down.

“Erling has made an incredible impact with us,” Freund said to “Sky90” (as captured by Sport Bild). “The talks with Dortmund were short. They told us that they had reached an agreement. We didn’t have much influence there anymore, but it went off properly. Many clubs were interested and contacted us. In the end it was a decision by the player.”

Matthäus said that Borussia Dortmund was “the right step, but not the last.”

“Dortmund is one of the top 10 teams in Europe, but there are five or six better teams and that is where he will serve at some point,” Matthäus said. “I think of the big clubs, not necessarily Bayern Munich, because Robert Lewandowski will still play for the next two or three years and Haaland will probably not stay in Dortmund that long. But then Barcelona, ​​Real Madrid, Manchester or Klopp are looking for a successor for Firmino. Those places are where he will land.”

Freund agreed with Matthäus and keyed in on a potential move to Liverpool.

“He can play for all clubs in the world. With his mentality, his will and his self-confidence, he will be able to make a mark on European football in the next ten years,” Freund said.

Christian Pulisic “out weeks” with hamstring injury (@RGonzalezCBS)

Chelsea’s Christian Pulisic cannot catch a break:

Zlatan is killing everyone (@ESPNFC)

At 39, Inter Milan’s Zlatan Ibrahimović is defying his age and logic in Serie A:

Müller is the man (@FCBayernUS)

Sometimes I just think about Carlo Ancelotti and Niko Kovac letting Thomas Müller rot on the bench and I get puzzled. But let’s not absolve the front office, which lacked the roster vision to see how much Muller meant to the squad and brought in both James Rodriguez and Philippe Coutinho to attempt to usurp Müller’s spot in the XI.

In the long and storied history of Bayern Munich, the 2016-2019 chapters offer a tough look at how something that seems so obvious to fans, can be seen directly the opposite by the club...not to mention a lot of lost opportunities for European greatness.

Schmankerl-ing just like the rest of us (@esmuellert)

Just a normal picture of a studious Müller, right? Nope! He’s just like the rest of us...

...he reads the Daily Schmankerl, too! Here is an **EXCLUSIVE** look at Müller’s screen.

(**This photo may....or may not have been doctored and this may or may not be Muller’s laptop)