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Daily Schmankerl: Erling Haaland’s release clause could increase; Manchester United eyeing two Bayern Munich midfielders for dream window; A list of players who need a transfer; and MORE!

Here we go! It’s finally Friday!

FC Bayern München v Borussia Dortmund - Supercup 2021 Photo by Lars Baron/Getty Images

Haaland release clause could rise to €90 million (Sport1)

With the frenzy of news surrounding Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski’s alleged desire to leave the club for a new challenge that broke on Thursday, a lot of people start to wonder if this would present the Bavarians an opportunity to secure Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland.

Haaland, though, could be a little more expensive to get than originally thought per Sport1. Should the Norwegian phenom meet certain milestones, his release clause could rise to €90 million — which is quite frankly still a bargain for whoever wants to pay it:

Almost every top club wants Haaland - but BVB will not give it up (yet). Despite repeated rumors, the 21-year-old Norwegian will definitely not be sold this summer.

The BVB bosses had already announced this to the player, Papa Alf-Inge and advisor Mino Raiola at a meeting in Dortmund in April.

The fact is: the exit clause will apply next year. As a result, despite the contract, the striker can go until 2024 for a transfer fee of at least 75 million euros. As SPORT1 learned, this sum can - depending on the success - increase to up to 90 million euros.

If Lewandowski does actually leave after this season (there is zero shot Bayern Munich sells him now), going after Haaland is not just a no-brainer, but a must. Whatever PowerPoint deck that sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic needs to put together for this to happen, it needs to get started now. If Lewandowski truly is leaving, Bayern Munich cannot let Haaland leave Germany.

The Norwegian is certainly “the next big thing” in world football.

And maybe...just maybe...my crackpot ideas and tinfoil hat theories could be valid.

United still hoping for Tolisso…and Goretzka? (IBTimes.com)

Manchester United is reportedly hoping — wishing — for the opportunity to sign both Leon Goretzka and Corentin Tolisso:

Spanish outlet Fichajes reported that “ there are still a few touches to seal” in Solskjaer’s current roster, and the club will be looking to address it “ in the final stretch” of the current window. The report suggested that the possible departure of Paul Pogba “sooner or later” would leave a void, and Manchester United may have already been searching for players who could fill in.

At the moment, the Red Devils are considering a move for Bayern Munich Corentin Tolisso, but the report added that he’s “not the only one” on their radar. Aside from Tolisso, the club is also eyeing his teammate Leon Goretzka.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, however, Manchester United has yet to touch base with Tolisso over a move:

Delaney potentially off to Sevilla (@RudyGaletti)

Rugged midfielder Thomas Delaney appears to be leaving Borussia Dortmund for Sevilla:

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works — Preview Show (Bavarian Football Works)

My guy Schnitzel made his podcast debut on the preview show, so give him a listen.

Bayern Munich will be back in Bundesliga action this Sunday, and against Köln, they will look to carry the momentum from their thrilling 3-1 win against Dortmund that clinched them the DFL Supercup.

Köln started the season with a dominant 3-1 win against Hertha Berlin, and will therefore be no easy opponent. Bayern’s defenders will have their hands full with Köln’s speedy attack, but the Bavarians are no slouches either and would aim to trouble the opposition with some intense pressing and relentless attacking. Lewandowski in particular will be rearing to carry his elite goal-scoring form into this game.

Yes, Nagelsmann did show us some of what he might have in store for the fans this season in the victory against Dortmund, but the fact remains that he has yet to win a Bundesliga game with Bayern (I know, the team has only played one game, but still), and now will be the best time to get to winning ways.

Here’s what we have in store for you:

  • A quick intro (this is my first pod, after all!)
  • Some quick takeaways from Bayern’s game against Dortmund
  • The form of both teams going into the game
  • Key players and predicted lineups
  • A final score prediction

Tolisso, Jovic, CHO, Coutinho on list for players who need to transfer (ESPN)

This is about that time of the transfer window where every player who needs a change of scenery starts seeing his name tossed around the rumor mill. Funny enough, several of the players listed by ESPN had some sort of tie to Bayern Munich:

  • Manchester United: Jesse Lingard
  • Manchester City: Bernardo Silva
  • Liverpool: Xherdan Shaqiri (Bayern Munich alumni)
  • Arsenal FC: Hector Bellerin (recently linked to Bayern Munich)
  • Chelsea FC: Callum Hudson-Odoi (consistently linked to Bayern Munich)
  • Tottenham Hotspur: Harry Winks
  • FC Barcelona: Philippe Coutinho (former Bayern Munich player)
  • Real Madrid: Luka Jovic (linked to Bayern Munich in the past)
  • Atletico Madrid: Saul Niguez (recently linked to Bayern Munich)
  • Bayern Munich: Corentin Tolisso (Bayern Munich player)
  • Borussia Dortmund: Julian Brandt (linked to Bayern Munich in the past)
  • Paris Saint-Germain: Mauro Icardi
  • Juventus: Paulo Dybala (linked to Bayern Munich in the past)
  • Inter Milan: Alexis Sanchez (linked to Bayern Munich in the past)