Bayern Munich to pay €50 million to Leeds United for Raphinha? (LOL); Real Madrid, FC Barcelona competing for Corentin Tolisso; Manchester City in on Sergino Dest; Bayern eyeing Julian Alvarez?; and MORE! – News Sport Update

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Tolisso set for Madrid? Barca might swoop in (The Hard Tackle)
Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso seems set for a move to Real Madrid (huh?) per this report, but FC Barcelona could make an attempt to steal the French midfielder:

Corentin Tolisso is reportedly weighing up the prospect of joining Barcelona instead of Real Madrid on a free transfer next summer.

According to a report by Catalan outlet El Nacional, Corentin Tolisso seemed to be set to join Real Madrid on a Bosman move in next summer’s transfer window. However, the Bayern Munich midfielder is now eager to listen to Barcelona’s offer before taking a final call on his future.

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Corentin Tolisso joined Bayern Munich from Lyon in July 2017 and has since endured a difficult spell at the Allianz Arena. While the 27-year-old made a strong start to his stint with the Bavarian giants, his stock has declined in the last few years. A spate of injuries has also blighted his efforts to become a regular for Die Roten.

Tolisso’s next move is key, so expect him to take his time in finding the best possible destination.

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City, Bayern continue to lead on Dest (Sport Witness)
Bayern Munich and Manchester City could be set to battle for FC Barcelona’s Sergino Dest:

Manchester City and Bayern Munich are keeping tabs on Sergiño Dest, as per claims from Spain today. The fullback joined Barcelona from Ajax in the summer of 2020 for an initial fee of €21m. Having finished his debut season with 41 appearances in all competitions, the American has seen his game time reduced since Xavi Hernández replaced Ronald Koeman last month.

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Mundo Deportivo now explain the USMNT defender is one of five players Barca are working to get rid off in the winter market. It’s claimed Dest has ‘not adapted’ and Xavi doesn’t have enough patience ‘training a player with the current difficulties’.

Mundo, therefore, talks about a ‘very feasible goodbye’ and ‘perhaps profitable’ one for the Spanish giants, since Dest is a young defender with ‘international projection’. Pep Guardiola’s side are tagged in the report as Mundo explain the English champions and Bayern ‘like’ the player. Barca, for their part, want to recover the investment made in signing Dest and if such an offer [€21m or more] doesn’t arrive in the winter market, then they will have to wait until next summer to cut ties with him.

There are rumors that Dest is available for €15 million, so basically…who knows? This story is going to be wild for another month.

Bayern Munich vs Wolfsburg: Lineups, team news, Lewandowski chasing Ronaldo’s scoring record, and more! (Updated)
Bayern are certain to end the year at the top of the table, but that’s not all there is to play for.

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VfB Stuttgart v FC Bayern München – Bundesliga
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Guess the DFL took the term “English week” a little bit too literally this year, because it’s barely been two days since Bayern Munich beat Stuttgart, and the club have yet another Bundesliga game scheduled on Friday. At least the winter break will provide some relief to players, but it’s ridiculous how congested this final week of the Bundesliga calendar has been.

Anyway, let’s talk about the game.

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Team news
First of all, let’s recap — the players who were unavailable against Stuttgart continue to be unavailable. Joshua Kimmich, Choupo-Moting, Leon Goretzka, Josip Stanisic, and Marcel Sabitzer are all confirmed out, with Nageslmann reluctant to take any risks. Joining them is Kingsley Coman, who tore a muscle in his thigh during the Tuesday’s game.

Let’s talk about the lineup. Robert Lewandowski HAS to start up top because a) we have no backups for him, b) Wolfsburg are his favorite opponents, and c) he is on the verge of breaking Cristiano Ronaldo’s personal scoring record. Which one? Take a look:

If not for that injury earlier in the year, Lewy probably would’ve broken this record already. Hopefully, Nagelsmann sets up the team in a way that complements the striker’s playstyle, because he’s been having trouble getting service lately.

Thomas Muller will also start tomorrow, behind Lewandowski in the attacking midfield role. Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry are the only senior wingers fit enough for the starting XI, but expect Malik Tillman to come on as a substitute at some point during the game.

Bayern Munich’s star striker has clarified that Messi

did not use “empty words” after claiming he should have won the 2020 Golden Ball

Robert Lewandowski has clarified that Lionel Messi’s speech at the Ballon d’Or ceremony “really touched” him.

Messi acknowledged that Lewandowski should have at least one Ballon d’Or to his name at this point in his career, given his on-field excellence with Bayern Munich.

And following an interview in which Lewandowski says he was misinterpreted as questioning Messi’s intentions, the Polish forward clarified “they weren’t empty words” from the Paris Saint-Germain superstar.

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What has been said?
“Messi’s words towards me [about the Ballon d’Or] really touched me,” Lewandowski told Bild. “They weren’t empty words, it was a nice moment in my career.

“I only spoke a few words with Leo [face to face], because my Spanish is not that good. I spoke with Kylian [Mbappe] in English, he then translated for Leo. It was a great night.”

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On what it would take to win the Ballon d’Or in the future, Lewandowski added: “It’s about little details, everything has to be in place. What I can guarantee is that I’ll continue doing my job and bring my best performances.”

What did Messi say about Lewandowski?
“I would like to mention Robert Lewandowski, it’s been a real honour to compete with you,” Messi said after collecting the 2021 Ballon d’Or trophy.

“Everyone knows and we agree that you were the winner last year.

“I think France Football should award you your 2020 Ballon d’Or – you deserve it and you should have it at home.”

He added: “I think Robert Lewandowski had a great year. Year after year, he improves and shows the excellent striker he is, as well as his ability to score goals.

“This year he was awarded as the top scorer. Of course he can certainly aspire to that level next year, thanks to his way of being on the pitch. And in addition, he plays for a big club.”

Lewandowski’s record-breaking year
The former Dortmund striker has enjoyed an incredible 2021, with his goal in Bayern’s 4-0 win over Wolfsburg on December 17 ensuring he would end the calendar year with 69 goals to his name.

By scoring in that game, Lewandowski also set a Bundesliga record as he notched his 43rd strike in the competition in 2021, in what was his 34th match of the year.

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That saw him overtake Germany legend Gerd Muller, who had held that particular record for 49 years.

Indeed, it’s the second record that Lewandowski has taken from Muller this year, with the Pole having scored 41 Bundesliga goals in the 2020-21 season, beating the Bayern legend’s mark from 1971-72.

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