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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich will miss out on FC Barcelona’s Pedri; Erling Haaland will not join the group that could head to Newcastle United, but could go to Manchester City; Inter Milan eyeing Luka Jovic; and MORE!

Back to Bundesliga action this weekend.

FC Barcelona v Bayern Muenchen - Group E - UEFA Champions League Photo by Berengui/DeFodi Images via Getty Images

Pedri agrees to new deal with Barca (@FabrizioRomano)

It is no secret that Bayern Munich is a huge fan of FC Barcelona wunderkind, but alas, the Bavarians will have to pony €1 billion (LOL) if it wants to land him before his new deal ends in 2026.

While there has been no formal announcement of an extension, Fabrizio Romano is tweeting about it soooooo...it’s happening:

Haaland not going to Newcastle... (@cfbayern)

On Wednesday, we saw the news that Ralf Rangnick, Bayern Munich’s Niklas Süle, Chelsea FC’s Timo Werner, and FC Barcelona’s Philippe Coutinho could all head to Newcastle United. One player who will not be joining that potential group is Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland:

Inter eyeing Jovic (Sport1)

Luka Jovic seems almost certainly will move on from Real Madrid after this season and Inter Milan could be a destination:

The former Frankfurt Luka Jovic could possibly soon serve at a new club.

As the Gazzetta dello Sport reports, Italy’s champions Inter Milan want to strengthen themselves in the coming winter with the 23-year-old in the storm.

Jovic still has a contract with Real Madrid until 2025. With the Madrilenians, however, he has not yet been able to build on his performance at Eintracht Frankfurt. In 38 games for the white ballet, the Serb has only two goals.

A change of scenery could be worthwhile for Jovic. At Inter, however, he would not necessarily become a regular straight away. With the youngster Lautaro Martínez and the ex-Wolfsburg Edin Dzeko, who scored six goals in seven games this season, Jovic has well-known competition.

But before a change can be made, according to the report, Milan first wants to get attacker Alexis Sánchez off the payroll.

Neuer to move into Ancelotti’s crib? (Sport1)

Manuel Neuer is reportedly moving into Carlo Ancelotti’s old luxury apartment:

Manuel Neuer apparently has a new home! As Bild reports, the FC Bayern goalkeeper and girlfriend Anika Bissel moved into a luxury apartment (157 square meters) in the Lehel district of Munich - right by the English Garden.

According to Bild, the former Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti lived in this house, which contains 23 condominiums, until December 2017. The Italian had trained Munich between July 2016 and September 2017.

The newspaper also reports that Neuer’s previous city villa in Bogenhausen will now be taken over by his friend and Bayern goalkeeping coach Toni Tapolovic. Neuer, in turn, will probably keep his villa on Tegernsee.

Puma to push Haaland to City? (Transfer Market Web)

Manchester City is one of the clubs that has a realistic chance of landing Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland. Could Pep Guardiola’s team get some help from a prominent sponsor — Puma? Well, maybe:

Manchester City, according to the Star, is one of the teams in the running to acquire Haaland, with the Premier League winners hoping that a lucrative footwear contract will give them an advantage in the chase.

Puma, City’s kit manufacturers, are attempting to entice the deadly forward away from current sponsors Nike with a four-year agreement worth £50 million.

Puma inked a ten-year, £650 million kit contract with the club in 2019, hoping that their ‘tight commercial connections’ will give them an advantage in the race for Haaland if he decides to strike his own deal with the corporation.

Pep Guardiola’s team appear to be on the lookout for a new center-forward after losing out on both Harry Kane and Cristiano Ronaldo in the summer transfer window, as well as seeing a long-serving club hero Sergio Aguero leave for Barcelona at the conclusion of the season.

After joining Dortmund from Red Bull Salzburg in January 2020, the Norwegian youngster is without a doubt the most sought-after prospect in global football right now, having had a productive previous 18 months or so in Germany.

With Tottenham Hotspur’s Harry Kane a longtime target for City, it would seem that the Guardiola would have to choose between the two strikers if both are, indeed, available next summer.

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works S4E10 (Bavarian Football Works)

Germany have done quite well so far, and are carrying the momentum from their victory against Romania into the game against North Macedonia. Coach Hansi Flick will undoubtedly have several selection headaches, and the defense would be one area he’d want to get right. Meanwhile, Dayot Upamecano and Benjamin Pavard haven’t really been having a good time with both France and Bayern Munich. Will they be able to turn the tide and start performing consistently at the top level? Remains to be seen.

When Bayern and the Bundesliga are involved, there’s always so much to talk about, which is why in this pod, we’ll also be looking at the forms of other BuLi clubs. We obviously won’t tell you about everything here, because we’d like you to listen and hear for yourself! But here’s a synopsis of what we covered in the pod:

  • Talking about the form of Leverkusen and Freiburg in the Bundesliga.
  • Germany’s situation in defense; Bayern’s situation in defense.
  • Nagelsmann’s lack of rotation.
  • Why Timo Werner should not be starting for Germany.
  • Free transfers and why Bayern should stop doing this.
  • Newcastle and the Sheikh takeover... The EPL is the new power state battleground — amirite?
  • Sneaking in some Arsenal banter in the end.