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Daily Schmankerl: Thomas Müller as Secret Santa; Philippe Coutinho is a money pit for FC Barcelona; AC Milan eyeing Mario Mandžukić; Florian Wirtz extends with Bayer Leverkusen; Renato Sanches to Liverpool?; and MORE!

Okay, this break is already getting old. No Bayern Munich = bad times.

Bayer 04 Leverkusen v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga Photo by Alex Gottschalk/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Müller as Secret Santa (Bundesliga)

Bayern Munich star Thomas Müller would be great fulfilling some Secret Santa duties, eh? If you wanted a sneak peek at what that might look like then here you go! The Bundesliga’s 442oons has a little video that pits the Raumdeuter as jolly ol’ Saint Nick delivering presents to the good boys of the Bundesliga:

I’m going to apologize in advance if that song gets stuck in your head all day.

Coutinho is draining Barca’s budget (@BarcaUniversal)

Man...if I am FC Barcelona and sitting in a huge financial hole, I am telling Philippe Coutinho to take a seat for the rest of the season:

More, Barca reportedly really wants to off-load Coutinho:

Wirtz officially inked new deal with Leverkusen (@bayer04fussball)

Bayern Leverkusen and phenom Florian Wirtz have agreed on a contract extension through the 2022/2023 season:

Sanches to LFC done? (Sky Sports)

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches is close to making a change per the Daily Mirror (as captured by Sky):

Liverpool have reached an agreement with Lille to sign their Portuguese midfielder Renato Sanches for £18m, according to reports in the Mirror. The Portugal international, 23, has a contract with the Ligue 1 club until the summer of 2023.

Milan eyeing Mandžukić (Transfer Market Web)

Could AC Milan be looking to bring in free agent Mario Mandžukić? Here’s what we know:

Turned down by the player twice, AC Milan management, according to Sport Mediaset, are on their way for a further run at 34-year old Croatian striker Mario Mandžukić. Recently linked to a Bayern Munich move back, former Juventus hitman has been a free agent since early July.

I am all for a Mandžukić-Zlatan Ibrahimović pairing. Will happen? Probably not, but man it would be fun.

Bayern extends Beats partnership (

Bayern Munich has extended its partnership with through June 2021.

“FC Bayern München and Beats both have a terrific sound. We are delighted that we will continue our partnership and equip our players with the first-class products of this global brand,” said FC Bayern München AG marketing director Andreas Jung. “FC Bayern and Beats are continuing their successful strike partnership - and that sounds good.”

Bayern Munich and Beats have had a relationship since 2015.

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