After a whole dish of delicious Champions League this week that saw Bayern finally drop points in their pursuit of the Champions League, we move ever closer to a period of rest for much of Europe's top divisions.
Yet such a time also means that a great football tradition is nearly here. No, not Christmas, and not that New Year's malarkey either. In two weeks' time, we will have the January transfer window—arguably the greatest four weeks of the season.
A months worth of trivia, speculation, rumours and backstabbing may not be ideal for any player, manager or club as agents work their black magic, but it's a period of the year that football fans cannot help but love.
As Bayern Munich and their commander in chief, Pep Guardiola, gear up for a whole month of mayhem, among some genuine transfer activity, we at Bleacher Report will have you covered from the very first day until the last. So be sure to continue checking this thread as we approach January and throughout the special month.
Last updated: Dec. 13 - 14:00 GMT
Manchester United are not having a great end to 2013 and to add salt to injury, fresh new rumours linking star striker Robin Van Persie with a move away from the club now point in the direction of the German champions.
Manchester Evening News ran with a story on December 12 linking the player to the Bavarian club, by citing certain tweets from the notorious rumour mill website, Caught Offside, yet what would seem like no more than a made up rumour is beginning to take shape as we approach the end of the year.
Bayern Munich look desperate for a new striker and if Robert Lewandowski isn't available until next summer, such a move could pose as something of a possibility for the German club.
Yet for now it remains no more than a rumour on an unverified website.
On Sunday, Dec. 9, Julian Draxler had something of an outburst whilst speaking to German magazine Kicker, covered in this story by Bild, (via Joe Krishnan of the London Evening Standard) which explained that the young prodigy is far from happy with his new role on the left-hand side of the midfield.
"I have now resigned myself to the fact that I am not welcome in the number 10 position here at Schalke."
Since the arrival of Kevin-Prince Boateng in the summer, Draxler has had to put up with this role, and it has seen his form and happiness at the club dive, leading to suggestions that me may well be off before too long.
As such, a storm of rumours will undoubtedly begin to surface with regards to the player's future, and no club will be in as good a position to sign the young star as Bayern Munich: a club run by Pep Guardiola, who can never seem to have enough players to play that No. 10 role.
This is one we may have to put a pin in for now, but it's a story that will undoubtedly blossom into something more concrete before too long.
As something of an early (or late) April fools from the British press, this week has seen Bayern's ever-present shot-stopper Manuel Neuer linked with a move to former English champions, Manchester City. This comes ahead of Bayern's high-profile clash with the club in the remaining Champions League group stage match.
As fronted in a Daily Mail Online piece by Chris Wheeler, published Dec. 9, among numerous others throughout the press, Pep Guardiola is quoted as stating that there is "absolutely no chance," whilst laughing through his response. This was before turning to the serious debate on how his side hope to handle the English side.
A far-fetched concept it may be, but what would the winter months be without the odd laugh or two?
Rumours surrounding Chelsea's star defender, David Luiz, making a sudden move to Germany began surfacing earlier this month when stories broke in the Daily Telegraph, the Daily Express, via Charles Perrin, and Metro between the dates of Dec. 2 to Dec. 6.
A proposed move to Bayern Munich just seems to make so much sense for Luiz at this moment. Chelsea are in something of a rut under Jose Mourinho as he constantly battles with his favoured starting 11, with the Brazilian defender far from a confirmed starter.
Yet, at Bayern, you get the impression that Luiz would just happily slot in beside Dante or even Jerome Boateng and take very little time to adjust to their concept of short-passing football. It's something that has often come naturally to Brazilians at the club in the past and is obviously one of the reasons why the defender seems well suited to the Bavarian club.
Yet as suited as he may seem, Bayern have yet to show any concrete interest in the player, and for now, it seems as though Luiz is still very much a Chelsea player.