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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich interested in Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic?; Dominik Szoboszlai’s ice cold response to Neymar; Karim Adeyemi’s agent is all over; Robert Lewandowski gets more love; The latest on Erling Haaland and Eden Hazard and MORE!

Bayern Munich vs. SC Freiburg this weekend...are you ready?

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Bayern turning to Brozovic? (Calciomercato via @iMiaSanMia)

Bayern Munich could find itself with a shortage of midfielders next summer, so it is only natural that the Bavarians are now starting to be linked to players who can help fill the void.

On Wednesday, we saw that Bayern Munich might be kicking the tires on Olympique Marseille’s Boubacar Kamara, who would be a free transfer. Another impending free agent who has — allegedly — caught the eye of the Bavarians is Inter Milan’s Marcelo Brozovic:

With Corentin Tolisso, Michael Cuisance, and Marc Roca all at least somewhat likely to leave next summer — and Marcel Sabitzer possibly unhappy — the spots on the depth chart after Thomas Müller, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, and Jamal Musiala could be pretty empty.

Müller and Musiala are essentially just attackers, so the depth for the 6 and 8 positions could potentially be slim.

Incidentally, this is not the first time that Bayern Munich has been linked to Brozovic. The Bavarians were allegedly interested in him back in 2020 and also earlier this year as well.

Adeyemi’s agent visits Atleti (@Plettigoal)

Bayern Munich’s rumored pursuit of Red Bull Salzburg forward Karim Adeyemi seems to be fizzling out, but that has not stopped his agent from marketing his client all over Europe. With Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain thought to be the leaders in the clubhouse to land Adeyemi, his agent also visited Atletico Madrid to kick the tires on the Spanish club’s interest in the Germany international:

Adeyemi, though, seems to favoring a move to Germany. Borussia Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc recently commented on Adeyemi’s status, but did not give any hints on where his club might stand in the race to land the forward (per Sport1):

Karim Adeyemi has played on the slips of all of Europe’s top scouts at RB Salzburg. This is reminiscent of Erling Haaland, who then switched to Borussia Dortmund.

Could Adeyemi follow this example and look for his next career step at BVB?

“Karim Adeyemi is a very good player, a great talent. European football now knows that,” said Dortmund sporting director Michael Zorc before the Champions League match against Ajax Amsterdam at DAZN .

However, Zorc kept a low profile when it came to the 19-year-old’s chances: “We’ll see if we can do that.”

Newcastle also linked to Hazard (Sport Witness)

Newcastle United is rumored to be in hot pursuit of Bayern Munich’s Niklas Süle, but the Magpies are also rumored to be thinking of bolstering their offense as well. Newcastle United is rumored to have interest in Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard:

Newcastle United are one of the clubs interested in Real Madrid’s Eden Hazard, according to Mundo Deportivo. The 30-year-old has spent repeated time away from the pitch due to injuries since arriving in Madrid in 2019. When given opportunities, he has struggled as the forward managed only five goals and nine assists in 53 matches.

Hazard is yet to find the back of the net this term from 10 matches and there are other players currently ahead of him. This was confirmed by Carlo Ancelotti.

The Belgium international could leave the La Liga giants either in the winter market or next summer, if there is no improvement in his situation.

Real Salt Lake has some GLORIOUS grass (@RealSaltLake)

I am one envious dude.

If you admire the work of a fine grass artist, check out this Kyle Beckerman-inspired grass artwork done on the pitch at Real Salt Lake’s home turf, Rio Tinto Stadium. Feast your eyes on this grassterpiece:

The grass artistry is top-notch and the grounds crew should be commended for their work — perhaps with statue of some sort. A stable of true grassmen (and women), the Real Salt Lake deserves all of our kudos for designing such a sultry pitch.

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. SC Freiburg (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich will be back in action this weekend after trouncing Benfica in the UEFA Champions League. Facing them will be the Bundesliga’s only team yet to have faced defeat, SC Freiburg. Christian Streich would undoubtedly have a trick or two up his sleeve against Nagelsmann’s Bayern, and will be hoping that his well-drilled Freiburg, who sit comfortably at 3rd place in the Bundesliga table are able to cause the Bavarians some problems.

This will be a tactical battle of the highest caliber and will be yet another important test in Nagelsmann’s first season. Here are the key points covered in the podcast:

  • My love for Freiburg and why they are so good
  • A big test for Nagelsmann Bayern
  • The forms of both teams heading into the fixture
  • Key players and predicted lineups
  • A final scoreline prediction

Lewy named to UCL Team of the Week (@WhoScored)

Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski was lauded for this efforts in the Champions League this week:

Haaland’s total package still rumored to be huge (Sport1)

We’ve heard the reports that everyone in Ering Haaland’s lineage is eager to get a percentage of his expected transfer away from Borussia Dortmund, but it seems like the numbers are going higher and higher. Check out what agent Volker Struth had to say:

Volker Struth has been one of the most influential player advisors in Germany for years. His clients include Toni Kroos and Timo Werner.

Now the expert for the transfer market has also commented on the possible change from Erling Haaland in the summer. “I think the move will take place in 2022. Haaland has a release clause. The whole package with a salary for five years and a consultancy fee will probably be between 250 and 300 million euros,” Struth told Sport Bild.

Because of the high financial framework, including the fee for Haaland’s advisor Mino Raiola, the Norwegian will not switch to Bavaria. “Even if Bayern Munich had the money, they wouldn’t do it,” explained Struth. A possible salary of 50 million euros per season for the 21-year-old Haaland is not available in this country. “Hell would be going on if a player in Germany were to earn 50 million,” said Struth.

According to SPORT1 information, the exit clause at Haaland can increase from 75 million euros to 90 million euros, depending on the success.

While his future might be lucrative, Haaland’s present is probably feeling empty. According to The Athletic, Haaland likely will not play before December 25th:

Erling Haaland is “unlikely” to play before Christmas, according to his father Alf-Inge. The Borussia Dortmund and Norway striker has been out with a hip flexor injury since facing Ajax on October 20. Previously, head coach Marco Rose had said that Haaland would only take “a few weeks” to recover.

Alf-Inge Haaland told Norwegian channel TV 2: “He’s doing relatively well considering the situation, but he’ll be out for a little while. It would be a bonus if he gets some games before Christmas, but it’s rather unlikely.”

When asked about his son’s future, the elder Haaland said leaving Borussia Dortmund was not a sure thing.

“We‘ll see about that. Look behind me, at this beautiful stadium. Now there are 67,000 people inside, but normally it’s 82,000. He’s in a fantastic club. We’ll take those things as they come,” Alf-Inge Haaland said.

Oh, and yup, I knew exactly what I was doing with that heading.

Szoboszlai is ice cold (@Football_Talk)

It can be said that RB Leipzig attacker Dominik Szoboszlai is pretty confident in himself:

How do you not love that attitude? Neymar tired to give him an ol’ mind(bleep) and Szoboszlai basically carved out his heart.

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works Postgame Show: Bayern Munich’s 5-2 victory over Benfica (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich picked up a 5-2 win over Benfica in the Champions League in match that easily could have been a four or five goal margin of victory in favor of the Bavarians.

Benfica came out swinging early, but punched itself and let Bayern Munich right back into the match. The second half was entirely dominated by the Bavarians as well.

Here’s what we have on tap:

  • Julian Nagelsmann’s line-up was wild. Granted, Lucas Hernandez and Niklas Süle were injury, but I did not foresee Tanguy Nianzou getting the call, three wingers (Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman, and Leroy Sane), Thomas Müller on the bench, and no Jamal Musiala.
  • Bayern Munich’s strong first half that ended on a disappointing note with Benfica’s goal and Robert Lewandowski’s missed penalty.
  • The strong start to the second half that paved the way to victory.
  • Bayern Munich’s swarming offensive attack.

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