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Daily Schmankerl: David Alaba deal with Real Madrid “imminent”; Fenerbahce still leads on Mesut Özil; Erling Haaland to FC Barcelona labeled “fake news” by agent; and MORE!

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Alaba to make early decision on transfer as “imminent” deal with Madrid awaits? (Marca)

Early yesterday, Marca reported that Bayern Munich defender David Alaba could be close to making a decision on his future. More, it seems that Alaba would like to make the formal announcement on where he will play the next stage of his career sooner rather than later.

With Real Madrid listed as “planning a move in the coming days”, it would appear Alaba might already have a strong idea on where he is going...you know, if this report is to be believed:

The latest news, however, indicated that Alaba-to-Madrid is “imminent.”

In a nutshell, Marca’s article states these important points (as broken down by @iMiaSanMia):

  • Real Madrid has its offer locked and loaded. The proposed deal is all ready forAlaba to sign.
  • The deal is reportedly a four-year contract with annual wages of over €10 million (net).

As for Real Madrid, manager Zinedine Zidane would only touch on the respective contract situations of Sergio Ramos and Luka Modric. The 48-year-old wanted to no parts of touching the sensitive topic of Alaba:

If I was a bookmaker, I’d list the odds on where Alaba lands like this below:

  • Real Madrid: 1-2
  • Manchester City: 7-1
  • Juventus: 10-1
  • Liverpool: 15-1
  • Bayern Munich: 25-1
  • Paris Saint-Germain: 40-1

Fenerbahce still the favorite for Özil (@cfbayern)

Mesut Özil is reportedly still contemplating staying at Arsenal just to collect a check — believe it or not. Fenerbahce, however, is the leader in the clubhouse should Özil want to make a move:

Bayern quartet lead WhoScored’s BuLi team of the 2020 (@WhoScored)

WhoScored.com’s Bundesliga Team of the Year for 2020 includes Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller, Joshua Kimmich, and Leon Goretzka. Notably absent was Manuel Neuer:

Barca’s bid for Haaland is “fake news” (AS)

In what might be heartbreaking for some FC Barcelona fans to hear, the talk of Erling Haaland being a shoo-in for Camp Nou might have been a little bit premature according to Mino Raiola:

Götze still has national team hopes (Transfer Market Web)

PSV Eindhoven’s Mario Götze still dreams of a return to Die Mannachaft:

Playing for PSV Eindhoven since early October, 28-year old German attacking midfielder Mario Götze, talking to Eindhoven Dagblad, stated: “I’m very happy of my choice. Sure, we picked PSV right before the market buzzer, but it was a nice impact from the start, which got me to make my debut right away. I have two big aims: winning Eredivisie and being named for German national team again.”

City among suitors on Tetê after Bayern failure (MSN)

Bayern Munich allegedly had interest in Shakhtar Donetsk’s Tetê, but the Ukrainian club would not accept a bid from the Bavarians last summer. Now, it appears that Manchester City, Real Madrid, Leicester City, and Newcastle United are all after the winger.

Now, this might seem logical and all...until you see this:

The Germans sent an offer of €70 million euros to Shakhtar, who declined.

File that to the LOL bin.