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Daily Schmankerl: Rummenigge says Bayern Munich’s transfer plans are “on hold,” DFB-Pokal semis postponed, and more.

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Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge confirmed that Bayern Munich is negotiating with its veteran stars and putting new signings on hold.

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Rummenigge reality check: Bayern transfer plans on hold (TZ)

In addition to putting the kibosh on rumors of a plan to swap David Alaba for Leroy Sané, Bayern Munich chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge also gave an update on the status of Bayern’s contract talks and transfer plans.

First things first, Rummenigge confirmed that Bayern is conducting talks with its veterans:

I’d like to emphasize that we are currently conducting talks only with the players whose contracts expire in 2021. That is, with Manuel Neuer, Thomas Müller, Thiago, David Alaba, etc. They all have done great things for FC Bayern, that has to be taken into account.

Beyond those impending contract extensions, Rummenigge stated that all plans to sign any new players are on “hold”:

No one today knows precisely how the coronavirus crisis will affect soccer in the coming weeks and months. So we have put the subject of new signings “on hold” for the time being. But I can say one thing in advance today: both transfer fees and wages will have to be reviewed by every club across Europe. Supply and Demand will regulate and adjust the market.

Until that picture becomes clearer, it appears that Bayern Munich will maintain a holding pattern.

Javi Martinez helps the Red Cross (Bild)

Javi Martinez joined the Red Cross in Grünwald on Thursday to help shop for groceries for high-risk individuals and drop them off outside their doors. The Red Cross said,

We had a ton of fun with you and we’re already looking forward to when we can see you in action again at our regular medical service at the Allianz Arena.

DFB Pokal semifinal vs Eintracht Frankfurt officially postponed (FCBayern.com)

Honestly, I did not realize this decision had not already been taken. The DFB announced on Friday that the semifinals of the DFB-Pokal would be postponed on account of the current coronavirus pandemic. The two games in question are Bayern’s showdown with Eintracht Frankfurt and 1. FC Saarbrücken versus Bayer Leverkusen. When the games will take place remains to be seen.

Manuel Neuer turned 34 yesterday — let’s celebrate!

UEFA fines Ajax for destroying seats (Mundo Deportivo)

Ajax Amsterdam has received a hefty fine from UEFA for its fans’ behavior at the Coliseum Alfonso Pérez at Getafe in Madrid, Spain. The Ajax away fans destroyed seats in the away block and threw objects onto the pitch, even hitting Getafe’s striker Deyverson Silva in the head with a lighter.

UEFA has fined Ajax €53,250 for the damage, while Ajax has stated it has identified the culprits and intends to force them to pay the fine.

Things getting crazy out there in Frankfurt

K.-P. Boateng brings the house party home

Have you met Falko Jungschäffl? (@falkobelli13)

Bild’s chief Bayern Munich reporter Christian Falk has his share of fans and detractors. But did you know he had a satirical Twitter doppelgänger? He does! Meet Falko Jungschäffl, a fusion of Falk and his colleague Tobias Altschäffl who brings you all the scoops you didn’t know you needed, such as:

  • No goal for weeks! We explain the “Haaland-crisis”!
  • “Poppycock! I’d like to stay.” Alaba counters C. Falk
  • Because of Corona: #Falksport editorial staff only in the home office from now on!