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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich’s Lucas Hernandez getting antsy over lack of field time?; Dayot Upamecano’s agent talks Bayern Munich; Milot Rashica to Hertha Berlin?; Lionel Messi’s crippling contract; and MORE!

Preparations are already underway for Bayern Munich’s Friday showdown with Hertha Berlin!

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Hernandez getting antsy with Bayern? (Marca)

Bayern Munich defender Lucas Hernandez is one of the players who is allegedly causing a bit of a rift between the Bavarians’ front office and coaching staff. The executives, of course, want to see their €80 million man on the pitch, while the trainers are sticking with their plan to play the best available players for each match.

Hernandez — for one reason or another — has not etched his way into the trusted starting XI of Hansi Flick just yet. Given his history in La Liga, it was just a matter of time before the Spanish publications started up with some rumor-mongering.

And here we are:

Lucas has a contract with the Bavarian giants until June 2024 but there are rumours that he may consider his future at the club unless his current situation improves.

At this stage, Marca’s report is simply a rumor. It is easy to see, however, that Hernandez is probably unhappy with his playing time. Given the state of flux that the Bayern Munich backline will be in for the 2021/2022 season, the Frenchman might not be going anywhere even if he wants to.

Messi’s crippling contract (@FabrizioRomano)

I’m sorry, if you willingly make the decision to pay anyone this much, I do not want to hear you crying poor FC Barcelona. Here are some highlights from a piece by El Mundo compiled by our own RLD:

According to El Mundo, Messi could receive €555,237,619 (£491,732,285) over four seasons, if a series of conditions were met, while being paid a basic salary of around €72 million (£63.76 million) annually.

The newspaper claims that the contract Messi signed was highly incentivised. Messi was allegedly paid a €115 million (£102 million) renewal bonus just for signing the contract as well as a €77 million (£68.19 million) ‘loyalty bonus’ which was split into two payments.

The newspaper adds that Messi receives further bonuses for playing more than 60 per cent of games throughout the course of a season, as well as progression in the Champions League, winning La Liga or the Copa del Rey, and winning FIFA’s The Best award.

The report said the 33-year-old player may have already secured more than €510 million euros (£451.67 million) of the total.

Below is Fabrizio Romano’s tweet recap:

Upamecano’s agent talks dealings with Brazzo (@Plettigoal)

Sport1 report Florian Plettenberg captured Dayot Upamecano’s agent, Volker Struth, talking over his dealings with Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic:

Rashica to Hertha? Or not. (@Sky-MaxB)

Sky reporter Max Bielefield (who has been ALL OVER transfers during this window) tweeted that Werder Bremen star Milot Rashica could head over to Hertha Berlin on a six-month loan assignment with a purchase obligation:

Sky Info: @HerthaBSC is working flat out on a transfer of Milot Rashica! A six-month loan with a purchase obligation is under discussion. The clubs are currently negotiating and trying to get the deal up to #DeadlineDay to get across the stage #TransferUpdate @Sky_Marc

Rashica is one of the Bundesliga’s most dynamic players, but has only appeared in nine games for Werder Bremen thus far. With great pace and creativity playing mostly as an inverted winger, Rashica seems like he might one-day be a fit for Bayern Munich — given Die Roten’s mold for its wide offensive players.

Alas, though, Rashica — if he can play to his vast potential — could be yet another move for Hertha Berlin aimed to dig the club out of its awful Bundesliga showing. Simply put, Hertha Berlin just needs to avoid relegation this season and can then focus on making a serious top-six run for the 2021/2022 campaign.

I know that sounds weird, but it could happen.

But wait, there’s more! Hertha Berlin might actually not be able to pry Rashica away from Werder Bremen after all. In some late breaking news, “an agreement is currently not in sight” per Bielefeld. More, Bielefeld provided a quote from Werder Bremen sporting director Frank Baumann:

“I assume that Milot will continue to play for Werder in the second half of the season,” said Baumann.

Kahn optimistic about Upamecano (@Sky_MaxB)

This has become soooooo public that if it does not happen, it would be an incredible shock:

ICYMI: The FC Bayern Frauen’s goals from Saturday (@FCBfrauen)

If you missed it, the FC Bayern Frauen dropped a 13-0 beatdown on Walddörfer SV:

Tolisso’s fine revealed (@iMiaSanMia)

It seems as if Corentin Tolisso now has the world’s most expensive tattoo — and it begs the question, what was it?

More Lego stadiums (@AwayDayJoe_)

I always love these for some reason:

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