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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski talks passing of Gerd Müller; Bayer Leverkusen eyeing PSG’s Julian Draxler; RB Leipzig chasing Renato Sanches?; Philippe Coutinho offered to Serie A clubs; Bayern eyeing left-back; and MORE!

RIP Gerd Müller.

Sport-Club Freiburg v FC Bayern Muenchen - Bundesliga Photo by S. Mellar/Getty Images for FC Bayern

Lewandowski remembers Müller (@altobelli13)

Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski famously broke Gerd Müller’s single-season scoring record last season and has often spoke on the greatness of Der Bomber. When learning of Müller’s passing on Sunday Lewandowski offered a few words noting how Der Bomber was always a role model for the Polish Hitman:

Robert Lewandowski too @BILD_Sport about Gerd Müller: “Master, you will always be an extraordinary inspiration for me.”

The fifth star (You Tube — FC Bayern Munich)

Bayern Munich put together a video on “the fifth star” that is worth your while:

Coutinho to Serie A...but who? (Transfer Market Web)

FC Barcelona is trying to offload Philippe Coutinho to any club with a pulse, so naturally they are just sending mailers around like they are offering a seasonal deal on windows:

Barcelona outcast Philippe Coutinho has been offered to AC Milan, Roma and Lazio following a poor three-year stint at the Nou Camp, The Sun on Sunday reports.

But the Mail on Sunday says Barcelona have put Premier League clubs on alert about a potential loan deal for Coutinho that would see them pay half of his vast wages.

Clearly, Coutinho just needs to Coutinh-go.

HEY-O!

Sanches injured, suitors disperse (@FabrizioRomano)

FC Barcelona, Liverpool FC, and RB Leipzig (!?) were all allegedly looking at Renato Sanches, but the former Bayern Munich midfielder tore his meniscus and everyone is backing away:

What makes this interesting is that — put your tinfoil hat on — Leipzig might have been looking at Sanches as a contingency plan for Marcel Sabitzer (if he moves to Bayern Munich).

A meniscus injury and possible surgery, though, might have ruined all of that.

ICYMI: The Weekend Warm-up Podcast (Bavarian Football Works)

Another week is in the books for Bayern Munich and what a week it was.

It seems as if it is only a matter of time before the team officially extends the contract of Joshua Kimmich, but the club’s rumored pursuit of Marcel Sabitzer could have hit a roadblock.

Regardless, here are the topics we have on tap:

  • The mayhem in the midfield with potential contract extensions for Kimmich and Leon Goretzka, the pursuit of Sabitzer, and possible sale of Corentin Tolisso.
  • The curious case of Leroy Sane and why this year is so important for both the Sane and Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic — despite the former Manchester City man not wanting to be judged by his goals or assists.
  • The uncertain season ahead of Julian Nagelsmann — especially after declaring his roster was a bit thin.

Draxler to Leverkusen (@RaeComm)

Ah...one of the most polarizing figures in the Schmankerl is back, baby!

Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Julian Draxler is — allegedly — once again up for sale. Given PSG just signed Lionel Messi, it was safe to assume that something was going to have to give.

The good thing for Draxler is that Bayer Leverkusen supposedly has interest in him:

My “Probably Bad Take” from last winter is still in play I guess. You could do worse for a player that can fill-in at the 7, 8, 10, and 11.

Still, I know how most of you feel about him and it looks like Bayern Munich is zeroed in on Sabitzer at this point. If Brazzo did pull the trigger on a Draxler deal...the social media meltdown would be be pretty glorious.

For now, though, it is just Bayer Leverkusen showing interest

For old time’s sake, though, flame away on Draxler in the comments!

Bayern eyeing left-back? (@FeyenoordTM)

Per a report out of The Netherlands, Bayern Munich is interested in Feyenoord left-back Tyrell Malacia:

FC Bayern Munich is very interested in Tyrell Malacia. The German top club attended yesterday #FEYluz therefore in the stands for the talented left back.