Did Bayern Munich’s Agent Neuer have inside information on Youssoufa Moukoko?
On Saturday, we saw the post drop regarding Bayern Munich star Manuel Neuer’s in-jest recruitment of Borussia Dortmund phenom Youssoufa Moukoko at a press conference for the German national team while at the World Cup in Qatar.
According to Bild (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), however, Bayern Munich has already discussed the potential of a move for Moukoko, but has opted against it…for now:
Bayern thought about the name of Youssoufa Moukoko internally and considered whether a move would make sense. However, the club came to a conclusion that they don’t make a move for the youngster. Moukoko is increasingly leaning towards extending his contract at Dortmund.
Moukoko, who has not destroyed the Bundesliga like some has anticipated, still has a load of potential at 18-years-old and will likely at least be on Bayern Munich’s transfer radar years to come.
However, Liverpool FC, Real Madrid, and FC Barcelona are all known to be fans of Moukoko, which could make bidding on the youngster a difficult process.
Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller returns to Germany training ahead of schedule
Thomas Müller has not featured for Bayern Munich since their 3-0 win over Barcelona in the Champions League group stages at the end of October. For that match, he came on as a substitute in the second half, having done the same in their previous group stage win over Viktoria Plzen. In the Bundesliga, he has not featured since the 4-0 win over Bayer Leverkusen back at the end of September, which had snapped Bayern’s four match winless run in the league at the time.
Since the beginning of October, Müller has been dealing with a hip issue that’s kept him on the sidelines, partially out of caution to make sure he didn’t run a risk of not being able to partake in the World Cup with Germany in Qatar. Thankfully for Julian Nagelsmann and Bayern, they haven’t stopped winning in Müller’s absence, but all of the focus is now on Die Mannschaft and the World Cup from the German perspective and for Müller.
Per new information from the German Football Association (via Az), Müller has already marked his return to training on the pitch, which has now occurred a day ahead of schedule. He completed his first full training session, a key milestone in his recovery. He had previously been training individually ever since leaving Munich and joining up with the German squad.
Real Madrid’s Antonio Rudiger was also slated to mark a return to full training on Saturday, but has also been declared fully fit, and like Müller, he will be available for the World Cup opener against Japan in Doha. Rudiger had not featured for Real Madrid since their 1-1 draw with Girona on the 30th of October. Neither Rudiger nor Müller were a part of Germany’s 1-0 friendly win over Oman in Muscat midweek as to not run a risk of setting them back any further with regards to being ready to go against Japan.
Romano breaks down the Ronaldo-to-Bayern rumors (Caught Offside)
By now you have all heard that Bayern Munich allegedly held talks with Manchester United’s Cristiano Ronaldo and his agent, Jorge Mendes. You might have also seen the German journalists jump out quickly to refute that claim.
This furor, of course, was all sparked when Ronaldo lambasted Manchester United in an interview with Piers Morgan.
Now, though, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has provided his own breakdown of the situation.
“There were rumors a few days ago of a secret meeting between Cristiano Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes and the Bayern Munich directors. I’ve been checking in the last 24 hours and my information is that there was no meeting,” Romano said. “Bayern sources deny any meeting – this has been the position for some time. They are happy with their attacking options, having signed Sadio Mané in the summer, and with top talents like Serge Gnabry, Kingsley Coman and in-form youngster Jamal Musiala. Ronaldo was offered to Bayern last summer, but there was no intention to sign a player of his age. He’s a fantastic player who’s had a great career, but Bayern have a different kind of project.”
The thought of Ronaldo suiting up in Bayern red at the Allianz Arena caused some fans agitation, while others were piqued by the chaos that would have occurred. Regardless, it does not appear that CR7 will have to brush up on his German any time soon.
Meanwhile, 90Min.com captured this tidbit on Depay from Mundo Deportivo:
Memphis Depay wants to leave Barcelona on a free transfer in the January window having been denied a move away at the end of August. Tottenham and Manchester United are among the clubs interested in his signature. (Mundo Deportivo)
Has BVB found its right-back? (Sport1)
Borussia Dortmund has been in search of a right-back to help solidify its lineup and it appears that BVB has settled on Leeds United’s Cody Drameh:
According to the Daily Mail, BVB found what they were looking for at the right-back in the Premier League. At Leeds United to be precise. Cody Drameh is said to be the hopeful and is considered a great talent. The 20-year-old can play both left and right in defense and would bring important flexibility to Dortmund’s game.
However, Drameh, who is under contract at Leeds until 2024, has only played one of 14 possible Premier League games this season. It is therefore questionable whether he will strengthen Edin Terzic’s team in the short term.
In addition to BVB, Newcastle should also be interested in signing the defensive talent. With Kieran Trippier, however, the Magpies are currently well occupied. Transfers like Jadon Sancho, Jude Bellingham and Jamie Bynoe-Gittens also show that Dortmund is the perfect place to develop as a youth player.
Die Folgen: Germany’s 1-0 win over Oman (Bavarian Football Works)
Former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick certainly had things he wanted to see out of his team against Oman.
Choppiness and shakiness were certainly not among them.
Regardless, the manager definitely saw some issues with the fluidity of his squad’s play and a very unstable showing from the backline (weird to say in a shutout, right?). Hopefully, things get better for Flick and his boys. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
Germany…did not look ready for the World Cup. However, this was a bit of a makeshift lineup that did not really gel all that well against an inferior opponent:
One of the expectations I have for Germany is that its second unit should be good enough to walk away from a team like Omanpretty easily. I don’t want to sound like the Germans were under any type of consistent threat (they weren’t), but I really expected it to look a lot better than it did.
I will say, however, that the heat could have been a factor.
The starting group of attackers (Youssoufa Moukoko, Kai Havertz, Leroy Sané, and Jonas Hofmann) was really out-of-sync and kind of toothless. Moukoko did not look ready for this stage, but he is young. This tournament is more about the experience for him than the playing time.
For as much as people outright dog Timo Werner, there is at least a threat when he is in a match. Germany lacked that for a lot of the game. Germany’s attack lacked urgency and creativity — which was extremely disappointing.
This match was eerily reminiscent of how uneven Germany looked against Austria in 2018 right before the World Cup. The difference was that Austria was a good side who had bad luck in qualifying. Oman, well, is not even at that level.
Antonio Rüdiger and Niklas Süle should help sure up the backline for Flick.
Niclas Füllkrug’s 80th minute tally off of an assist from Kai Havertz was nice (and needed!). I think there were some members of the DFB sweating this result a bit (just like many fans).
Füllkrug definitely helped his cause in this match.
I have to say it. I don’t “get” Thilo Kehrer.
I found it interesting with some of the selections who did not play — Mario Götze among them. Perhaps, he will have the bigger role that was rumored.
Overall…it was not great, but maybe my expectations were a bit too high for a mixed unit not featuring several key players. I do think this team needs Thomas Müller back as soon as possible — and I also think my four-man, Bayern Munich based attacking group of starters still makes the most sense (though I did not dislike what I saw from Füllkrug). The key, however, is the scaled down group of players dug deep and pulled out a win — which was absolutely needed for morale. You need to win games like this — they do matter when it comes to building some type of momentum and cohesion within a team. Sure, there was no tangible downside to losing, but why place that sliver of doubt into anyone’s mind when you don’t need to. Take the win, look at where you can improve, and move on.
Oman 0 – 1 Germany: Initial reactions and observations
Match awards from Germany’s 1-0 win over Oman
Four observations from Germany’s 1-0 escape over Oman
Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Oman 0-1 Germany (World Cup Warm-up)
Bayern, Barca, Madrid competing for English youth (Peterborough Telegraph)
Peterborough United manager Grant McCann is unhappy that one of his key players, 19-year-old center-back Charlie O’Connell has rejected several rich offers of a new contract from the club.
With Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, and FC Barcelona among the clubs in pursuit of O’Connell, however, it is easy to see why the youngster might have his eyes elsewhere.
“It’s been a disappointing few months for him. We offered him a new four-and-a-half-year deal pretty much straight after the Plymouth game but unfortunately, Charlie is not going to sign. He’s obviously been told by his agent that there’s Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich after him. That’s really frustrating for us as we see a real pathway for Charlie,” McCann said.
Not to sound like a broken record, but this is the kind of acquisition that would fit into the rumored “new philosophy” of buying low and selling high.
Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 19 (Bavarian Football Works)
Former Bayern Munich boss Hansi Flick named his squad for the World Cup in Qatar and boy, did it get people reacting.
There were some obvious choices, some surprises, and some head scratchers, but that is exactly why we are here — let’s react and hash out where we thought Flick got it right and where he might have gotten it wrong. Here is what we have on tap:
An overview of the position groups and who the starters might be.
Where the Bayern Munich boys fits into the mix.
What some options are for Flick to look at in his attack.
Why Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka should get the call as starters.
Why it appears that Flick valued versatility?
The surprising return of Mario Götze and the stunning — and possibly regrettable — omission of Mats Hummels.
Also, we talk about Bayern Munich’s recent form, the impressive run the team is on, why it might take some time to get back to that level after the World Cup, and MORE!