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Daily Schmankerl: Liverpool, Manchester United, Manchester City fear Bayern Munich in pursuit of Erling Haaland; Liverpool scoping Florian Wirtz; Clubs lining up for Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic; Jude Bellingham almost went to Juventus; and MORE!

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Liverpool, City, United’s competition for Haaland is...Bayern? (HITC)

Earlier in the week, we saw the Sport Bild story detailing how Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland was being discussed as a potential replacement for Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

Now, clubs like Liverpool , Manchester United, and Manchester City might be sweating out it a bit more as they prepare to ramp up their respective pursuits of the Norwegian star. Whether Bayern Munich fans believe the validity of the discussion or not might not matter. The competing clubs view the Bavarians as a potential threat:

Liverpool face competition for Borussia Dortmund superstar Erling Haaland in the form of Bayern Munich, who are now keen on the 21-year-old. According to Bild, the European giants are putting plans into place for if star striker Robert Lewandowski leaves Bayern in 2022. And if the Polish international leaves, Haaland is the player Bayern want. Liverpool are keen on the Norwegian attacker, as well as Manchester City.

As per the report, it could be a monstrous deal in the terms of finances. Haaland’s release clause in 2022 is said to be €75m (£63m). Whilst other factors such as wages and agent fees could also top at another €70m (£60m).

Indeed, Liverpool, as well as Bayern, will have to have pull off all the stops if they are to sign Haaland. Yet for Jurgen Klopp’s side, the Bundesliga champions entering the race could spell nothing but trouble for Michael Edwards and company.

The Daily Star also found the news about Bayern Munich disturbing for Manchester City and Manchester United:

Manchester United and Manchester City have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Erling Haaland as Bayern Munich will reportedly go after the Borussia Dortmund forward if Robert Lewandowski leaves the club next summer.

The Manchester duo have both been heavily linked with the Norwegian, who is expected to leave Borussia Dortmund next summer when his release clause becomes active. Almost every major club in Europe are set to battle over Haaland at the end of the season and now Bayern are the latest big name to enter the fray.

Liverpool scouting Wirtz (Liverpool.com)

Another player that Bayern Munich and Liverpool could eventually butt heads on is Bayer Leverkusen phenom Florian Wirtz — who fans will get an up-close-and-personal look at on Sunday:

Bayern Munich are thought to be leading the race at this stage, but plenty of others including Liverpool are being credited with an interest — and it is not difficult to see why that is.

“He is on the focus of many Premier League clubs,” BILD’s head of football, Christian Falk, told Liverpool.com via the latest podcast exclusively for Blood Red Club members. “I heard about scouts from Man City, but also Chelsea, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal, so the English are keen on him! But Bayern Munich would like to have him too. I was talking with [Germany coach] Hansi Flick about him and he says that in him, he sees a classical number 10 for Germany. He is the second top scorer behind Erling Haaland in the Bundesliga this season and in a few years he will be a number 10, but for the moment, he can play every position. He is like a German version [of Philippe Coutinho] because we never had a Brazilian version within the national team and not in the future! But that is not a problem because he is doing things very quickly, very good with the ball, and the Brazilian version is technique and the German version very straight on [and direct]. Jürgen Klopp has a physical, German style in Liverpool and [a move for Wirtz] would work because everything you need, he has already, and of course you can make it better.”

ICYMI: The Weekend Warm-up Podcast (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich is getting ready to kick back into Bundesliga action this weekend, but the club had more than a few big stories break this week — and we’re not even delving too far into Lucas Hernandez being summoned to Spain to face a prison sentence.

Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this episode:

  • A recap of Germany’s progress under Hansi Flick.
  • More noise surrounding Niklas Süle’s uncertain future in Bavaria.
  • Robert Lewandowski’s rumored meltdown and why this probably has at least some validity.
  • Bayern Munich’s front office taking a look at what it might take to bring in Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland.

Bellingham almost signed with Juve before Dortmund (Sport1)

Juve has about the same results in closing the deal with college-aged prospects as my buddy Doug did back in our school days. Earlier, we saw that Juve almost signed Erling Haaland and now another story has emerged that they blew it with Jude Bellingham as well:

Jude Bellingham made a strong start to his second season at Borussia Dortmund. The 18-year-old convinces with the black and yellow. It is now known that Bellingham was already in Turin before moving to BVB to negotiate a contract.

As reported by Italian transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, then Juventus manager Fabio Paratici commented on Bellingham’s personality.

“Jude Bellingham was about to sign at Juventus, he had already been in Turin for a few days. But in the end Jude decided on the Bundesliga as the next step in his career and the deal fell through, ”said Paratici.

In 2020 Bellingham did not move to Turin but to Borussia Dortmund for 23 million euros.

Zirkzee wants Bayern return (Sport1)

Joshua Zirkzee is having a relatively successful loan stint at Anderlecht and is hoping for a chance to redeem himself at Bayern Munich:

This season Bayern striker Joshua Zirkzee is allowed to try his hand at RSC Anderlecht - and he is quite convincing.

The 20-year-old striker has so far scored four goals and one assist in eight games. He also shone as a goalscorer in the Dutch U21s.

But where does his future lie? Zirkzee has now made it clear that he is still looking for the breakthrough in Munich. “That would be the best. The Bayern Munich chapter is not yet over, ”said the attacker to Voetbal International .

He is currently focusing on “the national team and Anderlecht.”

Zirkzee has four goals and one assist in 11 games across all competitions for Anderlecht so far this season.

Juve, Everton, Hertha, Inter biggest competitors for Jovic (Transfer Market Web)

Juventus, Everton, and Hertha Berlin are all lining up to make a pitch for Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic:

Kept into Real Madrid roster as a potentially valuable backup, 23-year old Serbian international striker Luka Jovic seems again on his way to fail having an impact on the team. Still on a deal with Blancos until June 2025, former Eintracht Frankfurt successful hitman, close to leave once more last summer, might end up being handed out in January instead.

Already tracked by Everton, Hertha Berlin, and Juventus, Jovic, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, has to this end been targeted by Inter Milan as well. While Spanish giants might be interested in placing him elsewhere on a loan spell once more, the 1997-born hitman is now allegedly worth less than the third part of the 63 million euros fee he was purchased by, back in summer 2019.

Check this out (Walking the Red)

Our Toronto FC sister site, Walking the Red, did a photo essay on Canada’s big win over Panama. You might recognize (at least) one of the players. Click on the link and check it out.

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. Bayer Leverkusen (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich is back in action this weekend against Bayer Leverkusen in what should be an extremely fun match-up between two of the Bundesliga’s most exciting teams.

On one side, you have Bayern Munich, who was steamrolling through all competition until butting heads with Eintracht Frankfurt. On the other side, there is a young and hungry Leverkusen side with one of the league’s most exciting players: Florian Wirtz.

Needless to say, this should be a battle. Here is what we have on tap:

  • The recent form of both sides.
  • Admiration for each team’s phenom: Jamal Musiala and Wirtz.
  • A guess on Julian Nagelsmann’s lineup.
  • A prediction on the match.