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Daily Schmankerl: Discuss the Champions League here!; No contract extension talks with Robert Lewandowski for Bayern Munich just yet; Matthijs de Ligt’s release clause revealed; Updates on Max Arnold, Florian Thauvin, and Sergio Aguero; plus MORE!

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Lewandowski and Bayern not talking extension at this point (Goal)

Bayern Munich appreciates all that Robert Lewandowski brings to the table, but the German giants have not thought about a contract extension for the Polish Hitman just yet:

Robert Lewandowski has a contract with FC Bayern Munich until 2023, by the time the contract expires, the Pole would be almost 35-years-old. At talkSPORT, the English TV commentator and Bundesliga expert Kevin Hatchard revealed that there had been talks between Bayern and Poland about a possible extension. Lewandowski’s advisor Pini Zahavi denied this to Goal and SPOX and described these statements as “not true.”

Look at Zahavi...going all Falk Flexxx.

Arnold probably wouldn’t make Bayern move because of playing time (Tz)

Yesterday, we saw one of those “out of nowhere” rumors that Bayern Munich might be interested in Wolfsburg midfielder Maximilian Arnold. Given Arnold’s contract (2026) and the fact that he wouldn’t be able to usurp a position from Leon Goretzka or Joshua Kimmich, it just felt odd.

Arnold addressed the rumor with a story about a period earlier in his career when Bayern Munich actually was interested in him:

“FC Bayern, that’s a different story, of course. But everything has to fit. I’m a very ambitious person and I think things through very carefully,” Arnold said. “If I had felt I had to change, I would have done so, but I’m not the type to move to a club with a higher quality and then just sit on the bench.”

More, Arnold said his wife told he would be “unbearable” if he wasn’t playing regularly.

“If I didn’t play, then — at least that’s what my wife says — I am unbearable. I don’t know whether that would be a nice quality of life for her and for me,” said Arnold.

Leicester eyeing Thauvin? (Transfer Market Web)

Former Bayern Munich target Florian Thauvin could be taking his talents to Leicester City:

According to latest UK rumours, Leicester City are trying to seal the deal with 28-year old French attacking midfielder/winger Florian Thauvin, through ongoing talks with his entourage. While odds are very high upon the player extending his deal with Olympique de Marseille, beyond current June 2021 deadline, more clubs around are still after him, including AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, and Bayer Leverkusen.

Moukoko’s season is over (@BlackYellow)

Borussia Dortmund prospect Youssoufa Moukoko’s season is over after he sustained an injury to a ligament in his foot while playing for Germany’s U-21 side during the last international break:

DeLigt’s release clause probably prices him out of a move (@FabrizioRomano)

Juventus center-back Matthijs de Ligt has a release clause in his contract that will come into effect in 2022, but at €150 million it is hard to think any club will be in a position to exercise the option:

Solskjaer won’t push United to sign Aguero (Sky)

Manchester United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is not interested in bringing in any former Manchester City players to his roster — including Sergio Aguero:

“When I played for Man Utd, if a rival club would try to sign me and I’d gone to a rival club, where’s the loyalty?” Solskjaer said. “Of course, loyalty is one of the values I rank highly. So I wouldn’t expect any player who had played for a club for 10 years to want to go to a local rival. I know we’re professional but when you play for Man Utd, you don’t go to Man City. We’ve had examples of that and I didn’t really agree to those moves, to put it that way. I don’t want to name names, but you all know who I point my finger at. Enough said.”

It’s almost time...(@FCBayernUS)