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Daily Schmankerl: talks with Alaba on ice, teammates back Neuer, Benatia criticizes Pep, Rashica to Leipzig

Talks between Bayern Munich and David Alaba have ground to a halt while Alaba’s agent, Pini Zahavi cannot travel to Germany. But Bayern also must make him a suitable offer.

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Talks with Alaba on ice while Zahavi cannot travel to Germany (SPORT1)

Bayern Munich is eager to negotiate a contract extension with David Alaba, whose contract expires in June 2021, but talks between the two parties have stalled. SPORT1 reports that the reason for the delay is related to the coronavirus pandemic, at least in part. Alaba and his father-agent George hired Pini Zahavi to help Alaba secure his next contract, whether with Bayern Munich or another club. At present, however, Zahavi cannot travel from Israel to Germany to participate directly in negotiations.

It is by no means certain whether Alaba will extend. Bayern also has to make him a serious offer. SPORT1 reports that, according to their information, there is no chance that Alaba could leave in 2021 on a free transfer. He will either extend with Bayern or transfer to another club this summer. Bayern will have to decide what salary it should offer Alaba, who would presumably merit a place among the top earners on the club.

Teammates troubled by Neuer’s treatment (Bild)

Some of Manuel Neuer’s teammates are unhappy about the club’s treatment of the starting goalkeeper and his backup, Sven Ulreich. Bild writes,

Some pros are unhappy because the club has antagonized Neuer in their view with the signing of Schalke’s Alexander Nübel. Some also reportedly view [the club’s] treatment of backup Sven Ulreich, who has a high standing on the team.

No one really believes he will leave, but the concern is growing...

It would be very nice to know which players feel that way about Neuer and Ulreich, but obviously Bild is not about to make life so easy for us. But even if some take issue with the signing of Nübel, I think it would be far-fetched to believe that the team’s performance might suffer on account of it.

Chelsea FC makes contact with Timo Werner (kicker)

Liverpool and hypothetically Bayern Munich have new competition for the signature of Timo Werner. Kicker reports that Chelsea FC contacted the RB Leipzig player. Kicker writes,

Now word is from England that Chelsea FC has also taken up direct contact with the 29-time German national player (11 goals, 3 assists).

Is that good news? Maybe not for Liverpool. Chelsea is in fourth place in the Premier Table, so European competition is a possibility. Werner would presumably replace Olivier Giroud, whom the club is ready to ship out.

Benatia not a fan of Pep’s bedside manner (Sport Bild)

Medhi Benatia was not exactly a hit at Bayern Munich. Despite the fact that he was a highly sought-after reinforcement for Bayern Munich’s back line, injuries and mistakes plagued Benatia in his time in Munich.

Benatia himself recently spoke about then Bayern coach Pep Guardiola. He described the Catalan as “tactically the best coach in the world; I see no one better than him.” But Benatia was not as impressed by Guardiola’s personal abilities:

I was not especially fond of his handling of the players. In that respect, he did not impress me.

That’s a refrain we have heard before. Benatia also admitted he had “difficulties adapting.” He also looked back on his two years in Munich as a complicated time during which he missed Italy:

Bayern is a great club, the top. The cherry on top was that Pep Guardiola and Karl-Heinz Rummenigge absolutely wanted me. Unfortunately, injuries set me back. Honestly, I also missed Italy very much, especially Rome... After a complicated second year in Germany, I did everything I could to return to Italy.

Rashica to RB Leipzig (FussballTransfers)

RB Leipzig already may have already found the man to take up Timo Werner’s mantle if he leaves this summer, as expected: Werder Bremen’s Milot Rashica. According to Weser-Kurier, Rashica will transfer imminently to Leipzig.

Talks are supposedly very far along and the transfer could be made official “this month.” Rashica is under contract with Bremen until 2022, but he has a release clause outside Germany for €38 million. For Bremen, as a fellow Bundesliga club, Rashica will allegedly cost around €40 million. Rashica allegedly ruled out a transfer to the Premier League, Napoli, and BVB as “premature.”

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