Happy times for Luca and Franck:
Bayern Munich are ready to cut their loses on Luca Toni and let the Italian leave the club for free in January.
Bayern president Uli Hoeness has clearly grown exasperated by the situation and is ready to do everything he can to ensure his departure.
"We still don't have a concrete offer, although we are prepared to loan or sell him for no fee. If necessary we will not ask for a transfer fee. We want to have peace."
Schweini going to Chelsea
Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is eying a 25-million-pound swoop on German midfielder Bastian Schweinsteiger, and to sign the pricey player he has even given up on France winger Franck Ribery.
Ancelotti, who has closely been watching midfielder Schweinsteiger, sees the versatile left-footer with an eye for goals as a valuable addition to his squad.
Ancelotti believes that the 25-year-old can be a long-term replacement for Michael Ballack, 33, whose contract expires at the end of next season.
Manchester City eye Philipp Lahm
Manchester City are preparing to make a £12 million swoop for Bayern Munich defender Philipp Lahm in January, according to reports in the UK press.
German giants Bayern have struggled to meet their own high standards this term and in November Lahm openly criticised the club, claiming they had "no philosophy".
Bayern's vice-captain later apologised but it is though he is eager to leave the club and general manager Uli Hoeness could be ready to let the 26-year-old go.
Ribery leaving Bayern next summer
Franck Ribery has told Bayern Munich that he will only sign a new contract at the Allianz Arena if the Bundesliga club show greater ambition.
Ribery has spoken out after president Uli Hoeness claimed earlier in the week that the France star would be sold next summer rather than be allowed to leave on a free transfer when his contract expires in 2011.
"Of course signing a new contract with Bayern is a possibility but I want to win the Champions League," he declared.
"At the moment, the team is not at the level necessary to compete with Barcelona, Real Madrid, Arsenal, or Inter. But fortunately it is early and in football anything can happen."
Tymoshchuk leaving Bayern
Bayern Munich's Ukrainian midfielder Anatoliy Tymoshchuk has admitted that he will consider a move away from the club in the January transfer window.
The 30-year-old has endured a tough time since his arrival from Zenit in the summer and is clearly unhappy with the way things are going at the Allianz Arena.
Baumjohann to Leverkusen
Bundesliga table-toppers Bayer Leverkusen have added their name to the long list of admirers of Bayern Munich midfielder Alexander Baumjohann.
The 22-year-old joined Bayern from Borussia Moenchengladbach on a free transfer last summer, but Baumjohann has failed to make it into the first XI at FCB so far.
Therefore, the gifted midfielder is widely expected to leave the Bavarians in the January transfer window in order to play regular first team football somewhere else.
However, Leverkusen face stiff competition in the race for the midfielder's signature. Stuttgart, Borussia Dortmund, Hannover and Hoffenheim are all keeping tabs on Baumjohann too.
Former Bayern Munich coach Jurgen Klinsmann has taken a swipe at the club's new chairman Uli Hoeness, who he believes should have been sacked like he was in April.
Klinsmann was relieved of his duties just 10 months after taking over as coach of Germany's most successful club, but he still feels the decision to make him solely responsible for the club's failings was wrong.
Hoeness, who earlier this month became the club's chairman after three decades as their general manager, should also have been held accountable in Klinsmann's eyes.
"When you have a manager on the bench who has a strong influence on the team, who talks to the players and comes with you into your training camps, and then there is a situation where things are not successful, then both should really say goodbye."
Klinsmann recently confirmed that he will never return to the Bundesliga as a coach and this week announced that he and his family are to move back to their former home in the United States of America.
Klinsmann blasts Liverpool
The former Bayern Munich and Germany manager, who only two years ago was linked with a move to take over the reins at Anfield, claims that aside from lacking a second striker, Liverpool are in dire need of some pace, passing ability, consistency and quality.
Warning Benitez that the pressure he piles on Torres and Steven Gerrard will soon takes its toll, Klinsmann told the Sun: "What you miss in Liverpool is the technical pace and the passing.
"They have a couple of players who can do that but not all over the place. There's no real flow and there's a lack of creativity - if it's down to Torres or Gerrard then that's not enough.
"You can't always put it on the shoulders of two players. That's why they need more quality in the team to make sure they finish in the top four this season.
"In my opinion they are lacking creativity and a real No 10 - a playmaker and a great world class striker next to Torres. They lack quality.
"It also shows in the Premier League that they don't have the consistency to keep up with the big teams.
"It's a big surprise that Liverpool didn't make it to the final 16 (of the Champions League) because they have always been there the last few years and had tremendous success.
"There were always questions at the start of the season - especially after losing Xabi Alonso who was a tremendous asset to Liverpool over the last few years.
"It's sad that Liverpool are not in the knock-out stages because that is where they belong - now is the moment to think about how they are going to go forward."
How could I have forgotten this? Not a surprise at all, but still:
Goalkeeper Michael Rensing has made it clear that he's leaving Bayern Munich in the summer of 2010.
The glovesman has an expiring contract and wants to move on in order to get regular first team football elsewhere.
"I am only thinking about my own future at the moment," Rensing was quoted as saying by Sport Bild. "I want to leave Bayern next summer in order to prove my worth at another side.
"I am not leaving in the winter transfer window. I want to leave Bayern in a good way and want to return to the starting XI. It's important for me to leave the club with positive memories.
"It was never going to be easy for me to replace Oliver Kahn between the sticks. It would have been better for my career if I had left FCB three years ago. I could have had more experience by now. However, my time will come."
In my opinion:
1. Any idea of who might be buying Luca? I don't mean to be cruel, but he's not the striker he used to be, and I wouldn't take him unless he's in a free transfer.
2. Yes, please! That would be awesome for Schweini's career.
3. Hell no! Lahm, if you join Manchester City, I will never acknowledge you again.
4. Ribery won't last until summer, he'll be leaving us this winter. The only reason why Bayern might keep him til summer is because they hope he'll have an awesome WC and he's price will rise.
5. We should have chosen him instead of Van Bommel :(
6. This sucks! I really wanted Baumjohann to succeed at Bayern.
7. I hope Klinsi finds a new team to coach.
8. It seems like most our transfers have failed to impress. E.g. left back position: we had an amazing left back (Lahm), and still, we bought two players for that position (Pranjic and Braafheid)and none for the right. Now, our amazing left back sucks as right back, and the left back position is being filled by Badstuber. And the only reason why Pranjic is playing is because he's in Ribery's (who's been injured for almost the whole season) position. This club is insane!
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