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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich still eyeing Adam Hlozek?; Falk Flexing on Antonio Rüdiger, Nico Schlotterbeck, and Denis Zakaria; Jamie Lawrence to leave Bayern?; and MORE!

This has been an active transfer window for Bayern Munich even without a big splash.

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Bayern eyeing Hlozek? (Sport Bild via @iMiaSanMia)

We had already heard that Bayern Munich had interest in Sparta Prague star Adam Hlozek, but that could ramp up if the club is able to reach a deal with Robert Lewandowski on a contract extension.

At just 19-years-old, Hlozek is like not ready to start at a club like Bundesliga, but he could ne a prime candidate for an apprenticeship under the Polish Hitman:

Who is he shooshing in this picture? Me? BFW? Patrick Schick?

Lee joining Bayern? (Goal)

It looks like Bayern Munch is raiding South Korea once more and this time Pohang Steelers playmaker Hyun-ju Lee is the target:

FC Bayern Munich is facing a winter transfer: Midfield jewel Hyun-ju Lee should join the record champions on loan.

According to information from GOAL and SPOX, Bayern Munich is about to sign midfield talent Hyun-ju Lee from South Korea.

The 18-year-old captain of the U18 of the Pohang Steelers completed the medical check in Munich on Wednesday and is supposed to sign his contract on Thursday.

The playmaker is considered to be one of the greatest talents of his age at home and scores above all with his strong technique and good ball handling.

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. FC Köln (Bavarian Football Works)

When looking at Bundesliga managers, you would be hard-pressed to find anyone doing a better job than FC Köln’s Steffen Baumgart.

Of course, Bayern Munich’s Julian Nagelsmann and SC Freiburg’s Christian Streich have also done pretty well, but with the Billy Goats sitting in sixth place, it is hard to think many other coaches could take that FC Köln roster and take it to these heights.

With the Billy Goats an absolutely worthy opponent, Bayern Munich absolutely need to being its “A” game — and not the same lifeless effort it had against Gladbach. Here is what we have on tap:

  • A look at where each team sits in the table.
  • Why FC Köln is dangerous.
  • The players we’ve seen identified as possible starters for Bayern Munich.
  • What the Bavarians need to show even with a lineup that once again will not be operating at 100%.
  • A prediction on the match.

Lawrence getting 2. Bundesliga interest (@mano_bonke)

Bayern Munich youngster Jamie Lawrence is reportedly getting some interest from 2. Bundesliga sides:

The transfer carousel around the #FCBayern campus is not only picking up speed because of the newcomers traded (#Jensen, #Lee). There could also be departures: Several second division clubs are interested in signing defender Jamie #Lawrence.

Signs point to Rüdiger extension with Chelsea (@cfbayern)

Antonio Rüdiger

NUFC offer for Schlotterbeck rumor overplayed (@cfbayern)

Newcastle United has interested in SC Freiburg defender Nico Schlotterbeck, but did not make a formal offer per Christian Falk:

United truly interested in Zakaria (@cfbayern)

Manchester United could make a play for Gladbach’s Denis Zakaria this month:

Manchester United is not the only interested party, however. Per Sport1’s Patrick Berger, Borussia Dortmund, Liverpool FC, and Juventus are also interested in the Gladbach star:

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works Season 4, Episode 20 (Bavarian Football Works)

After a long (and unintended) hiatus, BPW is finally back with a new episode! While we were gone, Bayern Munich concluded the winter break and came back to a disastrous Covid-19 situation at the club. Up to TEN players tested positive before the game against Borussia Monchengladbach, which the team ended up losing 2-1 to start off the new year. Not great, all things considered — but it did give us a lot to talk about.

In this episode, Ineednoname and Schnitzel discuss:

  • The crazy situation with Covid-19 at the club, and how Julian Nagelsmann has coped.
  • Were the players who tested positive (guys like Lucas Hernandez, Manuel Neuer, etc.) irresponsible by going abroad during vacation?
  • Why was Bayern hit so hard by Covid?
  • Another tangent on the state of the Bundesliga, stemming from frustration with how Gladbach play.
  • Moving onto our main topic — has Marcel Sabitzer been a flop at Bayern Munich?
  • Schnitzel gives an impassioned defense of the Austrian. INNN is unmoved.
  • The problem(s) with Sabitzer so far.
  • Schnitzel and INNN’s first argument of the year.
  • Closing thoughts on the Sabitzer issue — what does he need to do to be accepted?
  • A final quick look at the nominees for the FIFA The Best award — can Robert Lewandowski win it?