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Daily Schmankerl: Real Madrid eyeing Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland; Bayern out on Achraf Hakimi; Kylian Mbappe coy about PSG future; Robert Lewandowski as a T-Rex?; and MORE!

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Try not to laugh too hard at all of the Real Madrid rumors.

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Real Madrid eyeing Musiala? (Defensa Central)

In the last three days we have seen stories with Real Madrid — allegedly — interested in Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, Joshua Kimmich, Kingsley Coman and now....Jamal Musiala.

Okay, okay...keep your laughter down. Here is the “report”:

Madrid has had Musiala’s name on the agenda for quite some time. Despite his youth, 18 years old, this season he has played 39 games, scoring 7 goals. Good numbers for a midfielder who could come to fill the gap left by Isco.

There is talk that he may be the star of the Germany of the future, but so far he has not had many opportunities with the absolute. Just three appearances, so he’ll need to make the most of his options this summer.

Madrid also wants Haaland (Transfer Market Web)

Real Madrid is allegedly also “serious” about a move for Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland:

Real Madrid are serious about Erling Haaland. According to ABC, the Merengues need to rise €160m from the market before the could really go for Borussia Dortmund striker. Among the players destined to leave are Sergio Ramos and Raphael Varane. That amount would then be reinvested in the purchase of an attacker.

Haaland is the first target, although it is the most expensive. The Norwegian striker has a contract until 2024 and is valued at €115m, a sum to which €30m must be added for the commissions of his agent Mino Raiola. The alternative is PSG’s Kylian Mbappé who is valued at €130m.

Bayern out on Hakimi (Sempre Inter)

We kind of all assumed this anyway, but Inter Milan’s Achraf Hakimi is too costly for Bayern Munich:

Bayern Munich are unlikely to make an attempt to sign Moroccan wingback Achraf Hakimi from Inter.

This is reported by yesterday’s print edition of German newspaper Bild, where Bayern sporting director Herbert Hainer states that Bayern are not interested in making any major purchases in the summer transfer window. With the arrivals of manager Julian Nagelsmann and defender Dayot Upamecano from RB Leipzig in the summer, as well as the effect of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bavarian club will not likely be able to seriously consider making any large purchases in the summer.

Few clubs could realistically afford to sign the Moroccan, and the exclusion of Bayern removes one of the more viable destinations for the player.

ICYMI: Check out the Weekend Warm-up! (Bavarian Podcast Works)

Check out this week’s episode where you can hear some dope talk about the following topics:

  • A look at the ups-and-downs of Germany’s friendlies and what the squad looks like heading into the European Championships.
  • An analysis of what Bayern Munich could do with its goalkeeping situation for the 2021/2022 season.
  • A Buy or Sell look at some of Bayern Munich’s players — and potential targets — as the squad prepares to try and round out its roster during the summer transfer window.

Mbappe toying with PSG on future (Sport Bild)

Kylian Mbappe is a preternatural talent, but he could use some public relations training. Even if he really feels this way, maybe find a way to be far more evasive in answering the question:

In an interview with France Football, Mbappé fueled the rumors about his future even more. The striker: “I’m in a place where I feel good. But is it the best place for me? I do not know yet.”

Mbappé has a contract until 2022. Its market value is 160 million euros. If he does not renew, Paris would only be able to achieve a transfer this summer - he could go free in 2022.

PSG President Nasser al-Khelaifi had recently spoken a word of power to change: “I have it in my head. Kylian Mbappé will continue to play in Paris. We will never sell it, it will not be approved.”

Pretty cool quote (@swearimnotpaul)

Robert Lewandowski as a .... T-Rex?

Modric breaks down English arrogance (@ESPNFC)

Luka Modric had an interesting take on why the Three Lions have a reputation as an arrogant lot:

The Phanatic still rules (@SInow)

The Phillie Phanatic is still the best...and always will be.