Borussia Dortmund identify latest youngster for transfer

Borussia Dortmund have set their sights on 20-year-old Barcelona B central defender Mika Marmol, as they scout the world for more interesting young players to add to their ranks.

Barcelona’s La Masia is famed for the talent it produces. The past decade-and-a half, however, has seen the talent production from the famed academy take a nosedive.

But a lucky resurgence in the past few years has seen the club sign interesting youngsters in their early to late teens and groom them into the stars that La Masia is famed for producing.

Some of these players, together with a talented crop from the club’s Juvenil systems are now making a statement in the senior team.

Ansu Fati, Riqui Puig, Ronald Araujo, Oscar Mingueza were the first of the new generation to breakthrough. More recently, Pablo Paez Gavira alias Gavi, Nico Gonzalez, Alejandro Balde, Abdessamad Ezzalzouli alias Ez Abde and Ferran Jutgla are now making a name for themselves with the senior team.

There are other youngsters who Barcelona have great faith in and are currently on the fringes of the senior team, like Alex Collado, Ilias Akhomach, and Mika Marmol, who Borussia Dortmund is looking to tempt away from Barcelona with senior football.

Dortmund looking for loan with option to buy for Marmol

Marmol is a left-footed central defender like Clement Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti. The 20-year-old is currently the third option for a left-footed central defender should manager Xavi Hernandez have an absolute need to play with one.

He could also find himself in the first team dynamics earlier than he expects as both Lenglet and Umtiti are not certain to remain Barcelona players for longer.

The Barcelona B defender, who signed from Spanish minnow club Jabac in 2018 has grabbed the attention of the expert talent spotters at BVB, who are looking to take the youngster to Germany on loan but with an option to buy for €10 million.

Reports from El Nacional claim that Barça president Joan Laporta is mulling over the proposal because the offer is a substantial one for a player with no senior football experience.

The offer, however, shows how good La Masia talents currently are and how profitable the academy can be for the club who is dealing with financial troubles.

The reports, however, claim that manager Xavi will make the final call on the deal as he has the player in his plans.

Ghost games to return to Germany as COVID restriction are put back in place

In a move that many fans have dreaded but expected, Germany has finally imposed COVID restrictions on all sports in the country from December 28. This means that the Bundesliga will be resuming on January 7, 2022, to empty stadiums like in the 2019/20 and 2020/21 seasons.

The new restrictions are due to the Omicron variant tearing through all facets of life in Europe, and with that variant of COVID being a hyper-resistant variant of the virus, the German authorities have been forced to take this decision.

It is not clear how long these new restrictions will last, but fans will have to do away with their season tickets for the rest of the season and cheer their clubs from behind various screens.

The Premier League is currently debating postponing their ongoing season to also tackle a surge in cases within clubs and fan bases. Earlier in the week, the board of Premier League chose against postponing the season but Daily Mail reports that this decision did not go down well with quite a few players, captains and club staff.

A call has now been scheduled to explain the reasons for the decision to continue the season to the aggrieved parties with a final decision on the next steps to take to prevent the virus from spreading further.

Games continue to get postponed by the Premier League regardless, piling up the fixtures in the coming weeks for the clubs. Liverpool vs Leeds United and Wolverhampton Wanderers vs Watford are the latest games to be postponed, giving fans who have chosen to spend their Boxing Day holiday cheering their clubs a new headache to deal with.

With respect to the ongoing pandemic, the news from Germany is not all bleak, Vaccination rates are going up among clubs and fans, which could lead to some positive news in the near future.

New Restrictions to hit Bundesliga clubs hard

 

Explaining the decision, German Chancellor Olaf Scholz said: “I can understand anyone who doesn’t want to hear about the coronavirus, mutations and new virus variants. But we cannot and must not turn a blind eye to this next wave.”

 

 

Scholz will meet with Germany’s 16 state governors on January 7, the day the Bundesliga resumes, to review the measures. While the Bundesliga will not be as hit yet because the league is currently on break, club bosses have already cried out about the potential implications of another lockdown on their clubs’ finances.

1. FC Köln managing director, Alexander Wehrle, stated that his club stood to lose €1.8 million for every match played behind closed doors. Bayern Munich officials claim that they will be losing between €4 million to €5 million per home game.

 

 

Bayern Munich looking to bring back former golden boy winner to the Bundesliga

Calciomercato reports that German giants Bayern Munich are exploring the possibility of bringing back former European Golden Boy winner, Renato Sanches, back to the Allianz Arena.

The Portugal international played for the Bavarians from 2016 to 2019 and won six trophies at the club. However, he only made 53 appearances in total because he could not quite fit into the Bavarian’s system at the time despite all of his talents.

He has since found his best form again after moving to the current French champions LOSC Lille for €20 million, even playing a key role in their title-winning 2020/21 season.

His renewed form has seen interest from big clubs in him rekindled, and Bayern Munich are now the latest club to throw their hat in the ring for the 24-year-old.

Interest in Sanches comes from the possibility of Bayern Munich losing a few midfielders in the coming transfer windows. Corentin Tolisso, Marc Roca and Mickael Cuisance are the most likely to leave the club in the coming transfer windows and though Bayern’s executives have claimed that the club will be doing no business in January, they will still need reinforcements for a midfield that could be stretched thin by the end of the season.

Bayern snapped up Sanches from Benfica after his Golden Boy win in 2016, paying €35 million for his services. After sending him on loan to Swansea City and trying to no avail to find a place for him in the squad, they eventually let him go to Lille.

Sanches wasn’t ready for Bayern, says club chief

Bayern Munich’s former CEO, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, who sanctioned the deal to bring Sanches to the club, has now come out to admit that he and the club shouldn’t have signed the Portuguese midfielder at the time they signed him, also saying that he would make a better fit for the Bavarians now.

“I think we got him a year or two too early,” Rummenigge said. “But back then we had to sign him. At 18, he was totally hyped in Europe. We paid €35 million, which was a lot of money, he was voted Golden Boy. But somehow the performances weren’t there.

“When Jupp Heynckes came back to replace Carlo Ancelotti, he wanted this player (Sanches). Jupp said, ‘I want this player back (from loan). I want to take this player to the level where he belongs’ — unfortunately, we couldn’t bring him back due to FIFA regulations.

“I think Jupp Heynckes and Renato Sanches would have been an exciting project,” Rummenigge added. “I think with Jupp, Renato might still be playing in Munich today. I watched Lille against Wolfsburg recently and he was one of the best on the pitch, they won partly thanks to him.”

Sanches also agreed in a recent interview that he was not ready for such a big move.

“When I arrived at Bayern, I was not ready to play in such a club. I was very young,” he said. “And when I got ready, the opportunity to play with this team never came.

“Today I feel ready. I understand football better, I have more experience, I know what to do to play in this kind of club and that changes everything.”

Sanches has a gentleman’s agreement with Lille to begin discussions with any clubs who are interested in him. So far, Arsenal, AC Milan and Wolverhampton Wanderers have expressed interest in him, and Bayern are now in the running.

Sanches himself has dropped hints which the interested clubs have looked out for. He told L’Équipe: “Milan and Arsenal are maybe interested, I spoke with my agent about it but I can’t say any more.

“I just know I’m ready. If the offer arrives I’ll evaluate it. Milan are a great club – historic, classy. I really like them.”

Real Madrid approach Dortmund for Haaland; Dortmund pushing for striker to stay

Borussia Dortmund have revealed that Real Madrid are “very interested” in Erling Haaland after receiving an official inquiry about the Norwegian striker.

The former Red Bull Salzburg striker is the hottest property in football right now and is courted by all the too teams in the world. Real Madrid are looking to make him their next Galactico signing, alongside Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe.

Having reached out to the club to inquire about the striker’s €75 million release clause, Dortmund, through chief executive officer Hans-Joachim Watzke, have now officially confirm Real Madrid’s concrete interest.

“No matter where I go, everyone speaks to you about Erling Haaland,” Watzke told German outlet BILD in a recent interview.

“All I know is a guarantee that Real Madrid are very interested in him. 

“I could name 25 others now. But I know for sure, it can be that he leaves, but it can also be that he stays. A few days ago I had a very good conversation with Mino Raiola, when we are in a target corridor, the conversations are always quite friendly and that phone call was quite friendly. 

“We will certainly have another meeting in the next few weeks. The focus is on the overall development of Haaland. 

“Just like with Lewandowski, I would like to be proud of Erling at some point if he wins the Champions League. Personally, I think it’s good for him if he stays in the Bundesliga a little longer.”

Haaland can wait for anybody, claims Raiola

The 21-year-old is a dream signing for many clubs including Barcelona, whose financial situation will definitely be an obstacle in signing the player at the end of the season.

The Catalan club is currently in need of many reinforcements and is also looking to offload a number of players to offset their wage bill and shake up the squad to beat it back into fighting shape.

Raiola has given the Camp Nou hierarchy a glimmer of hope in their pursuit of the Norwegian, as he says that Haaland can wait for anybody, including Barcelona as he doesn’t rule out another season with Dortmund.

“Could Haaland wait for Barcelona? He can wait for anybody,” Raiola said to NOS when specifically asked about Barcelona’s interest in his client. “We don’t have a pre-agreement with any club.

“We’ll look for the best option for him and I can’t rule out another year at Dortmund. Theoretically, that’s still possible.”

Raiola also went on to note that Barcelona may be down but not out due to their current financial situation.

“Barcelona will always be one of the world’s biggest clubs,” Raiola added. “Even despite their current situation.

“In a year or two they’ll be back. They have the power to find great economic agreements. They’ll only need a year or two to get back.”

The Camp Nou hierarchy, however, could be in Raiola’s good books if they do the super agent a favour by signing one of his players who dreams of playing for the Catalan club.

Ajax Amsterdam right-back Noussair Mazraoui will be out of a contract at the Eredivisie side in the summer and is holding on from contract negotiations as he hopes Barcelona will make a.move for him soon.

Signing Mazraoui could be a step in the right direction for Barcelona’s pursuit of Haaland.

Robert Lewandowski matches Cristiano Ronaldo’s best goal tally for a calendar year; breaks two other records

Robert Lewandowski has matched Cristiano Ronaldo’s best goal scoring year in the last gameweek of the German Bundesliga in 2021.

The France Football Striker of the year scored the last goal as Bayern cruised to a 4-0 victory over Wolfsburg to score his 69th goal of 2021, matching Cristiano Ronaldo’s 69 goals from 2013 with Real Madrid.

The goal was also Lewandowski’s 19th goal of the current Bundesliga season, a feat achieved in just 17 games. This is also a record in the Bundesliga as no striker has scored this much after just 17 games.

That goal was also the Polish striker’s 43rd German Bundesliga goal in 2021, breaking the record set by German icon GERD Muller almost 50 years ago.

The Bayern Munich front man now has 30 goals in all competitions for the German giants this season, and is only 11 away from 500 goals in club football, after achieving a career total for both club and country of 500 in January 2021.

Wolfsburg will currently be rueing their luck as Lewandowski has made them his favourite opponents. That goal was his 24th in 21 matches against the club.

Bayern Munich rule themselves out of January transfer window

Bayern Munich have officially ruled themselves out of any business in the January transfer window.

Speaking to the media before the Wolfsburg game, Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic confirmed that the club would not be signing any new players in the upcoming winter transfer window.

“It’s not a topic for us at all,” Salihamidzic told broadcaster DAZN before the match. “We are really well-staffed, that’s a fact.

“We will continue as things are this season.”

Bayern spent in excess of €60 million in the summer to secure both Dayot Upamecano and Marcel Sanitizer from Red Bull Leipzig while also signing Omar Richards from Reading and Sven Ulreich on free transfers.

However, a few departures from the club may be seen in the winter. Corentin Tolisso, Marc Roca and Mickael Cuisance are the possible departures from the club.

Bayern considering Ousmane Dembele transfer

Bayern Munich will be having a quiet winter but not a quiet summer of 2022.

They are already identifying targets including Erling Haaland, who they see as Robert Lewandowski’s long-term replacement if the Pole chooses to move on in the summer.

They are also working on closing new deals for their current players to extend their time at the Allianz Arena. One of such players is Kingsley Coman, whose contract talks are not going as planned for the German giants.

Coman’s contract with the German champions expires in 2023, but if Bayern cannot agree a new deal with the forward by summer of 2022, they will be putting him on the market as they don’t want to lose Coman for free, according to Christian Falk of SportBild.

Falk claims that Bayern have identified Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele as a potential replacement for Coman if their contract renewal talks fall through.

Dembele is also giving Barcelona a hard time with his own contract renewal talks and it is looking more than likely that the Frenchman may leave Camp Nou in the summer for free.

Erling Haaland price not enough to scare Manchester City ahead of summer transfer battle

Erling Haaland will be an expensive signing in more ways than one as his agent will be demanding a £47 million outside the transfer fee the buying club will pay Borussia Dortmund, according to reports.

Mino Raiola has been in the media talking about a potential move for his client to a “big” club next summer and it is also understood that the striker is open to leaving BVB after two seasons at the club.

This commission, which the striker’s agent Mino Raiola and father Alf-Inge Haaland will be demanding, is more than what the interested clubs are bargaining for to sign the striker.

However, reports from The Sun have claimed that the Sharks on the blue half of Manchester are ready and willing to match whatever price Haaland will demand.

Haaland has a clause in his current contract that allows him to discuss with clubs in the summer, but that the clubs interested will have to pay a fee in the region of £68million.

The Sun also reports that along with the striker’s £21.3 million annual salary, the total package to land the 21-year-old could rise up to over £215 million.

Manchester City have played without a key striker for two seasons and they intend to fix it next summer. Harry Kane, 28, was their key target in the summer but Tottenham Hotspur played hardball.

With Haaland up for transfer in the summer, City have chosen to redirect the over £100 million it would have taken to sign a 28-year-old striker towards signing a more prolific 21-year-old striker in Haaland.

Real Madrid and Barcelona in the race for Haaland

Real Madrid have made no efforts to hide their ambitions to have Haaland play at the Santiago Bernabeu.

Alongside Kylian Mbappe from Paris Saint-Germain, the former Red Bull Salzburg striker is Madrid president Florentino Perez’s dream signing.

The Spanish giants are also in a favourable financial position to sign the striker next summer and give Manchester City one more club to battle with.

But fresh reports now claim that Barcelona’s president met Raiola in Turin after planning to meet for some time, giving Barcelona’s quest to sign Haaland a little bit more legitimacy.

Haaland is having a great time at Dortmund but there’s a nagging feeling that he has outgrown the club, especially after their drop into the Europa League last Tuesday.

He has already more than paid back his £17 million transfer fee, with 71 goals from 70 total appearances. But the club doesn’t seem big enough for his – and his agent’s – ambitions.

We have been thinking for two years, claims Raiola

Raiola has decided to use his recent media rounds to alert Dortmund to their clause and prepare them for the inevitable.

“We have been thinking for two years. We have clear ideas of where Haaland should go. We are not influenced by the market,” he said to the media.

“We can influence [things] with a player like Haaland. It’s really a second game parallel to football… two days of matches and five of rumours.

“He will take the next step. Bayern, Real, Barca, City — these are the big clubs he can go to. When? Maybe this summer, maybe next. But there is a big chance he‘ll leave this summer.”

World Cup winner expresses “desire to leave” German champions Bayern Munich

Corentin Tolisso has expressed a “desire to leave” Bayern Munich after an underwhelming five years at the club on a personal level.

The 27-year-old French international has won a host of titles with the German Bundesliga giants which translates to a successful professional career but all of the titles have come as a squad player.

The midfielder is seeking opportunities to play a big role in the success of a club and believes he will not get those opportunities at the Allianz Arena, which is why he’s seeking a move away from the club.

The France international has been with Bayern Munich since 2017. He joined the club for an initial fee of around £35 million from Olympique Lyonnais in France and has been in and out of the team due to injuries and manager preferences.

Tolisso has only played 63 times in the Bundesliga since he joined Bayern Munich at the start of the 2017/18 season and has made a total of 107 appearances for the club in all competitions in that time frame.

This season, the 27-year-old has only started five times across all competitions and has not been able to add to his 19 goals and 14 assists for Bayern since he joined the club.

The World Cup winner is out of contract next year, and Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with him in recent weeks. Foot Mercato reports claim that the midfielder is also open to a January exit due to his desire to leave Bayern. Jose Mourinho’s AS Roma are also said to be interested in his services.

Tolisso is looking for a club that will give him consistent playing time so that he doesn’t fall out of favour with Didier Deschamps who still counts on him ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup in Qatar.

Champions League football, although very important to Tolisso, has taken a back seat in his mind as he seeks an opportunity to defend his World Cup title from 2018 in the next global showpiece in December 2022.

More midfield departures for Bayern on the books with Tolisso’s departure

Tolisso is not the only Bayern midfielder who wants out due to a lack of playing time. Former Espanyol man Marc Roca and Mickael Cuisance are also seeking exits from the club from January.

While Tolisso’s exit could open up opportunities for both players, their playing time depends on Leon Goretzka’s fitness and manager Julian Nagelsmann’s tactical decisions every game.o

Tolisso is currently enjoying a run in Bayern’s midfield due to Goretzka recovering from an injury and is sure to be sent back to the bench once the German returns to full fitness.

Nagelsmann has stated in the earlier part of the season that the midfielder’s exit is not a favourable situation for the club. “It’s always a shame when players leave for free. It is never good for the club, and never good for the coach when players leave.”

Still, it is just a matter of when rather than if for the 27-year-old French midfielder to leave Bayern Munich. But that will also mean that the Bavarians will have to let either or both of Roca and Cuisance go, forcing them to go back into the transfer market for another midfielder or two.

Jude Bellingham in trouble with German authorities following harsh comments about Der Klassiker referee

Jude Bellingham is the subject of a criminal case complaint following his comments about referee Felix Zwayer who officiated the very controversial Der Klassiker last weekend which ended in a defeat for Borussia Dortmund at the Signal Iduna Park.

The German Football Association have also begun investigations into the 18-year-old midfielder’s comments which called out the body for putting Felix Zwayer – who was involved in a German Bundesliga II match-fixing scandal over a decade ago – in charge of a high-profile game like Der Klassiker.

Borussia Dortmund felt hard-done-by when referee Felix Zwayer turned down their appeals for a penalty to award Bayern Munich a chance to break the 2-2 deadlock in the 77th minute of the match.

They felt even worse after their claims for a penalty a few minutes later was ignored by the referee, with the Robert Lewandowski 77th minute penalty proving to be the match-winner for Bayern Munich, who have now increased their lead over second-placed Dortmund by four points.

Emotions ran high during and after the match, and the young Englishman questioned the appointment of Zwayer, who was banned for six months in 2005 for his part in a match-fixing scandal, to officiant Der Klassiker by the German FA.

The German FA came out with a statement after Jude Bellingham’s comments to journalists on their official website. The statement reads: “The control committee of the German Football Association (DFB) has initiated an investigation against Jude Bellingham.

“After the Bundesliga match against Bayern Munich on Saturday, the Borussia Dortmund player said in a TV interview about referee Felix Zwayer: ‘You are giving a referee who has already fixed matches before the biggest game in Germany. What do you expect?’

“As a first step, Bellingham was written to by the DFB control committee and asked to comment on his statement as soon as possible.

“After the opinion has been submitted and evaluated, the control committee will decide on the further progress of the procedure.”

Bellingham comments reported as criminal complaint; Zwayer defends decisions

Jude Bellingham’s comments are now also reportedly being investigated by the German police after a criminal complaint was filed. The case will be forwarded to the Dortmund public prosecutor’s office who will determine if the 18-yar-old will face any criminal charges later on this week.

Felix Zwayer also went to the media to defend his decisions in the controversial game. The referee spoke to Sky Germany and gave reasons for his calls.

“The situation was a standard corner kick,” Zwayer said. “I see in the game that it’s about a touch by Hummels. The question for me was: Is the arm stretched away from the body or not? In real-time, it was not clear whether his arm was moved towards the ball.

“I checked it with [VAR officials] in Cologne and then the arm position was checked. The video assistant made an assessment for himself and said that Hummels had his arm away from the body in an unnatural position.

“In the end, he clearly deflected the ball with his elbow and I came to the decision that it was a penalty.”

On the Dortmund penalty claims, he said: “It was a contact in the upper body area, which is allowed to happen even at high speed. The situation is not black and white, I decided against the penalty because of my line of sight.”

A former Premier League referee, Dermot Gallagher, defended Zwayer’s decisions as correct. Commenting on Dortmund’s penalty appeal, Gallagher said to Sky Sports News, “I think [the referee] is right. There’s a clash between the players, there’s enough shoulder; I didn’t think it was a penalty.

“The players are alongside each other – I can understand why he didn’t give that. It’s a tangle.”

On the penalty awarded to Bayern Munich, Gallagher added: “The arm’s up. If the arm’s above the shoulder and the ball strikes the arm, a penalty can be given. The referee has been sent to the screen because the VAR has picked it up, he looks at the screen and there’s no doubt what happened. He’s got to give a penalty.”

Simon Jordan: Bellingham needs to be put in his place

Former Crystal Palace owner, businessman and pundit, Simon Jordan, has weighed in on the issue on talkSPORT’s latest podcast. Jordan has said that Jude Bellingham “needs to be put in his place”for the comments he made about referee Felix Zwayer.

Jordan insists that the teenager was out of line for pulling on events that happened over 16 years ago to further tarnish the referee’s name because he was angry.

“People are going to think I’m mean spirited and it’s an agenda, but sometimes these players get a little bit ahead of themselves,” he told talkSPORT.

“They are the lunatics and shouldn’t be running the asylum and this is an element where players are thinking they can say what they want and get away with it.

“He shouldn’t be talking like this.

“He’s well within his gift to say that’s poor refereeing but when you start to move into territory on something you clearly don’t know about and someone else has fed you that information, you can hide behind the fact he’s 18 years of age, and get away with it as a result of that but, really and truly, he needs to be put in his place here.”

Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham in furious dig at Der Klassiker referee: “He’s a match-fixer”

Borussia Dortmund’s 18-year-old English wonder-kid Jude Bellingham was left incensed after Bayern Munich snatched a victory in the first iteration of Der Klassiker of 2021/22 German Bundesliga season thanks to referring decisions which he and the whole Dortmund team didn’t agree with.

Jude Bellingham provided the assists for the two goals scored by Dortmund in the 2-3 loss to the German Bundesliga champions in what was a controversial but highly entertaining football match. Referee Felix Zwayer awarded Bayern Munich a penalty in the 77th minute of the game after Matts Hummels was adjudged to have handled the ball.

The players, fans and bench of Borussia Dortmund protested the decision vehemently which held the game for a few minutes, leading to the sending off of Dortmund coach Marco Rose. Robert Lewandowski buried the penalty for his second goal of the game, which was the match-winner.

Speaking to journalists after the match, Bellingham held nothing back as he claimed that a referee like Zwayer should have no business officiating Der Klassiker.

“For me, it wasn’t a penalty, you know?” Bellingham said. “Hummels is not even looking at the ball, and he’s fighting to get it. It hits him and I don’t think he’s even looking at the ball. You can look at a lot of the decisions in the game.

“You give a referee that has match fixed before the biggest game in Germany, what do you expect?”

Marco Rose: Mr Zwayer is welcome to put more obstacles in our [Dortmund] way

Marco Rose, Dortmund’s manager, did not end his protests of the penalty decision until he saw a red card from referee Felix Zwayer. Prior to the Bayern penalty, Dortmund had a legitimate penalty call some minutes earlier which they were denied.

Discussing both penalty decisions, Rose gave Jude Bellingham’s match-fixing comments about Zwayer some context while also furiously lashing out at the 40-year-old referee.

He told Viaplay football: “We all saw what happened. The challenge on Marco Reus is a clear penalty. Mats Hummels’ handball is at least arguable, it’s a pity.

“Mr Zwayer is welcome to officiate a few more BVB games. He can put a few more obstacles in our way.”

Jude Bellingham’s comments sprung from the popular knowledge of a match-fixing scandal in which Felix Zwayer was involved over a decade ago, in 2005. German Bundesliga 2 referee Robert Hoyzer accepted bribes to fix several matches back in 2005.

Zwayer assisted him in one of those fixes – a match involving Wuppertaler SV match – also accepting a bribe for his part in the match-fixing. Zwayer and three other officials later informed the DFB (German Football Association) about Hoyzer’s match-fixing, earning a six-month suspension from refereeing for his part in the scandal.

Zwayer has since been looked upon with scrutinising eyes in the German Bundesliga, despite being one of the league’s top referees.

Thomas Muller empathises with Borussia Dortmund

The controversial game continues to generate a lot of discussion in Germany among fans, players and pundits. This edition of Der Klassiker has left both sections of fans with some form of dissatisfaction with how the result turned out.

Bayern Munich have secured the three points in their bid to win another straight German Bundesliga title. However, not even Mr Bayern himself, Thomas Muller, is confident about how his club secured the three points on their trip to Signal Iduna Park.

Speaking to the media following the game, Muller expressed clear doubts about the game from his perspective. “Dortmund’s first goal has probably helped us. We got into the gaps relatively easily afterwards, the goals were scored after mistakes.

“We should have taken the lead in the first half – In the second half, I don’t know whether we deserved to win from the way we played.”

Bayern Munich remain top of the Bundesliga table with four points separating them and second-placed Borussia Dortmund. They will both be in UEFA Champions League action later in the week as Bayern look to round off a perfect group stage campaign with a sixth straight victory while Dortmund look to cement their Europa League qualification spot.

Transfer Rumours: Lewandowski offered to Chelsea in potential swap deal for Timo Werner

News coming out of Germany claims that Chelsea director Marina Granovskaia has been offered the chance to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich in a deal that could see Timo Werner head the other way.

Football consultant Ian McGarry made this bit of information known via The Transfer Window Podcast. McGarry claims that Lewandowski’s agent Pini Zahavi is trying to use his Chelsea contacts to seal the move as the 33-year-old striker seeks a different challenge for the last lap of his illustrious career.

Lewandowski, who currently leads the European golden shoe rankings with 14 goals has been the most prolific frontman of the past two seasons, for which he was recognised at the 2021 Ballon d’Or awards ceremony with the Striker of the Year award.

He also finished second in the Ballon d’Or voting behind Lionel Messi, who during his acceptance speech, urged France Football to give the 2020 award (which was cancelled due to Coronavirus) to Lewandowski as he was the clear favourite for the prize last year.

The 33-year-old Polish national team captain is now in the final 18 months of his contract at Bayern Munich but there have been no talks of a renewal just yet.

And Pini Zahavi, in trying to fulfill his client’s wishes, is pushing the buttons he has at Chelsea to initiate a swap deal which will see a long-term Bayern Munich target, Timo Werner, move to Germany.

McGarry told The Transfer Window Podcast: “Pini Zahavi, often described as the original super-agent, represents Lewandowski and has done for more than two years.

“Zahavi is also a close-confidant of Marina Granovskaia and it is certainly the case that he has offered Lewandowski to Chelsea and Granovskaia.

“It’s a move which could include Werner going to Bayern.”

Manchester United throw their hat in the race for Timo Werner

Elsewhere, Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick is now looking forward to a reunion with the striker according to reports.

Werner looked to be heading to Liverpool before the Blues hijacked the transfer for £47.5 million last summer. Things have not quite worked out for the striker at Stamford Bridge but he is still not short of suitors.

Rangnick, who just got his England work permit, is reportedly exploring the possibility of signing Werner for United in the summer.

It is important to note that Rangnick’s deal with United is a six-month interim manager role with a two-year consultancy role following immediately after.

This means that Rangnick will not manage Timo Werner directly if this shock signing happens for United, who will be losing Edinson Cavani at the end of the season and will be shopping for a replacement.

Werner is also a target for Barcelona and Bayern Munich.