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Daily Schmankerl: Liverpool wants Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski; How Lewy might fit under Jürgen Klopp; FC Barcelona looking to Russia for a rebuild?; and MORE!

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LFC wants Lewy badly (teamTALK)

It appears that the rumors linking Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski to Liverpool FC are all the rage:

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is pushing to be reunited with an “old acquaintance” next summer, according to a source in Spain. Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has been linked with the Reds, who have been named as “one of the major stakeholders in taking the services of Lewandowski”.

Next summer Liverpool will apparently make a move for the 33-year-old, as per Fichajes. The source claim the Reds are looking at the Poland striker as a serious option next summer after an uneventful transfer window this summer.

LFC already planning for how Lewy fits? (Daily Star)

The Daily Star tried to sort out how Klopp would use Lewandowski and came up with these three options:

Option One: 4-3-3

Starting XI: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil Van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Fabinho, Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Mo Salah, Robert Lewandowski, Sadio Mane.

Option Two: 4-4-2

Starting XI: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Ibrahima Konate, Virgil Van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Fabinho, Thiago, Jordan Henderson, Diogo Jota, Mo Salah, Robert Lewandowski.

Option Three: 4-3-3

Starting XI: Alisson, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Joel Matip, Virgil Van Dijk, Andy Robertson, Fabinho, Thiago, Jude Bellingham, Mo Salah, Robert Lewandowski, Sadio Mane.

If you notice “Option Three”, it includes Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham. That would be quite a transfer haul for Liverpool next summer, eh?

Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 1, Episode 17 (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich is set to take on VfL Bochum this weekend after dismantling both RB Leipzig and FC Barcelona during the last week.

We are set to find out a lot about how Julian Nagelsmann intends to rotate his squad in the coming weeks, but there are several other hot topics on the agenda. Bayern Munich also inked Leon Goretzka to a new deal, which will keep him at the club through 2026.

Clearly, there is a lot to discuss. Here is what we have on tap for this episode:

  • Bayern Munich’s crazy strength defensively and why the club must sign Niklas Süle.
  • Bayern Munich’s dominance over RB Leipzig and FC Barcelona.
  • Leon Goretzka’s contract extension and what it means for the future of the midfield moving forward.
  • Why it might be time to rest Joshua Kimmich and Jamal Musiala.

Barca looking for Russian bailout? (Transfer Market Web)

In need of a roster refresh, FC Barcelona is reportedly gawking at Russia with love:

According to reports from Fichajes, Barcelona are keen on luring in youth talent for reinforcing the future of the club and one name has emerged as a potential target. Arsen Zakharyan, Dynamo Moscow’s dynamic 18-year-old central midfielder has popped up on Barca’s shortlist.

The club’s scouts have kept a close eye on him a move for him may materialize in January or the following summer, In June. His contract in Moscow expires at the end of the 2023/24 season and he will come relatively cheap at around €10m, based on his release clause set by Dynamo.

FC Bayern World Squad — Episode 02: Proving Grounds (You Tube — FC Bayern Munich)

Check out another episode of Bayern Munich’s web series on its World Squad:

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. VFL Bochum — Hinrunde (Bavarian Football Works)

The Bayern Munich machine is on a roll, and after their demolition of Barcelona, Nagelsmann’s side will be looking to pick apart a sub-par VFL Bochum side during the weekend. Bochum have just won one out of their 4 Bundesliga fixtures, while Bayern Munich head into the game on the back of their 6th successive victory in all competitions, looking to grab the top spot in the Bundesliga table, provided Wolfsburg drop points.

In this podcast, we will preview Bayern’s fixture against Bochum. Here are the key talking points:

  • Nagelsmann’s ‘new-look’ Bayern
  • Bayern’s defensive solidity
  • Bochum’s form heading into the game
  • Bochum’s key players
  • The expected lineup for Bayern and a scoreline prediction

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Wolverhampton made late move on Boateng before Lyon signing (@cfbayern)

Before Jerome Boateng inked a deal with Olympique Lyon, the German fielded an offer from Wolverhampton:

According to International Business Times, Boateng turned down a potentially bigger salary in favor of a cleaner path to playing time:

According to Bild, the center-back turned down a return to the English Premier League and joined Lyon instead. It was suggested that Boateng was offered an unspecified but big salary offer to join the Wanderers. With names like Jose Sa, Hwang Hee-Chan and Francisco Trincao already in the fray, playing time could be a reason behind Boateng’s decision.