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Daily Schmankerl: Inter Milan, Juventus, and AC Milan eyeing Jerome Boateng; Bayern Munich tracking Italian-American prospect?; Timo Werner is too honest; Antonio Rudiger unhappy at Chelsea; and MORE!

The winter break is upon us, but at least we won’t have to wait too long to see Bayern Munich back in action.

FC Bayern Muenchen v VfL Wolfsburg - Bundesliga Photo by Harry Langer/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Host of teams looking at Boateng (Sempre Milan)

Should Jerome Boateng leave Bayern Munich after this season, he will have no shortage of suitors:

AC Milan are interested in signing Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng, a report claims, but so are two of their rivals. According to what is being reported by, his agent Fali Ramadani has received many expressions of interest in Boateng, with Milan, Juventus and Inter among the teams to have come forward.

Milan, Inter and Juve have a preferential road due to the effects of the growth decree that allows a player like Boateng to arrive with an extremely advantageous tax situation, and the report adds that the player would like to move to Serie A.

Not a bad idea for Boateng to seek the best tax situation for what should be his final “big” contract.

Werner learning quirks of English media the hard way (Sky Sports)

Chelsea forward Timo Werner is learning quickly how some innocent quotes can be turned scandalous in the English media. When trying to talk about his transition to the Premier League, Werner attempted to speak freely and openly, but ultimately just left himself open to be a target.

“It does matter how much you cost. It’s always a bit of pressure when you come to a new club,” Werner said. “But I think I can handle it very well. It’s not something new. The pressure is a little bit higher than the previous years but I think good footballers are the best under pressure and that’s my plan, I can do very well under pressure. The Premier League is a little bit different to my old league. It’s tougher than I thought. The contact here is harder than in Germany, it’s what I expected but not like this. The beginning was very good, but now after a lot of games I’m struggling a little. I think it’s hard when you play every three days... and on Saturday against teams that can rest the whole week. It makes it tough to be the best in every game, but the Premier League is very fun to play in.”

Predictably, most major outlets ran with this as Werner admitting some sort of weakness and many people on social made a “Naruto run” to their device to slam him on social media. If Werner wants to survive England with his sanity, he’s going to have to learn how to use “coach speak” aka “the art of saying something without saying anything.”

Good luck, Timo!

Sidenote I: I have no idea what Naruto run really is aside of some sort of anime thing. I just remember a group of “Naruto runners” being included in the “Storm Area 51” craze.

Sidenote II: During said “Storm Area 51” craze I actually penned up a Bayern Munich-fan specific version, but never ran it here. If I still had a copy, I’d include a link, bit it is long gone into the deep abyss of stories I canned before publishing.

Bayern scoping Busio? (Transfer Market Web)

Could Bayern Munich be looking to add another American prospect to Säbener Straße? At least one report thinks so. Sporting Kansas City midfielder Gianluca Busio is allegedly on Bayern’s radar:

Already tracked by Barcelona FC, U.S. American U20 international midfielder Gianluca Busio (18), parting ways from MLS Sporting Kansas City on a free move, in a dozen days’ matter, has been targeted by Bayern Munich, according to Sport. The young player, of a clear Italian heritage, has been inquired about by a bunch of Serie A clubs and Premier League ones as well.

Rudiger unhappy with Chelsea (Sport Bild)

Germany international Antonio Rudiger is not having a great time with Chelsea. Out of favor, Rudiger is openly pondering a change in January.

“We’ll see if it comes to this in January,” said the defender told ZDF Sportstudio (as captured by Sport Bild). “I can’t be satisfied with my situation at Chelsea.”

Will that mean the 27-year-old is headed back to Germany? We’ll see.

Despite his unhappiness, Rudiger is still feeling charitable this December and has decided to help out some frontline workers:

Alaba baking for the kids (@David_Alaba)

Serge Gnabry isn’t the only chef at Bayern Munich. David Alaba took some time from his busy schedule to provide some desserts and presents to a local orphanage:

ICYMI: Bayern II’s draw with Unterhaching (Magenta Sport)

If you missed the Bayern II draw with Unterhaching and want more footage than that clip of Fiete Arp’s free kick that I’ve been pumping up, check out the highlight package from Magenta Sport:

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