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RedemptionSZN: Joshua Zirkzee to be given another chance by Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann?

Bayern Munich striker Joshua Zirkzee has had a rollercoaster of a ride as of late. Zirkzee announced himself in the 2019/20 season when he scored in the 92nd minute to give Bayern the lead in the 3-1 win against Freiburg; he repeated the trick against Wolfsburg the next game. He also scored in the 6-0 win against Hoffenheim and helped Bayern move an inch closer to the league title by scoring in the 2-1 victory over Borussia Mönchengladbach.

People started to think that the Dutchman could be Robert Lewandowski’s understudy, but things went downhill from there.

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A disastrous loan spell with Parma in Serie A was followed by a moment that Bayern fans won’t forget in a hurry. In the preseason game against Ajax in 2021/22, Zirkzee rounded the goalkeeper and had the goal on front of him begging for the ball to be put in (phrasing). Zirkzee, who should’ve buried his chance, instead slowed to a walk and let the ball roll to give Ajax defender Perr Schuurs enough time to clear it off the line. That, coupled with some issues about Zirkzee’s playing style, meant that he wasn’t doing himself any good. So, he decided to take his talents to Belgium by signing for RSC Anderlecht on loan to save his career. Zirkzee thrived under the tutelage of now-Burnley manager Vincent Kompany, scoring in double digits and assisting as many goals.

Zirkzee has now returned from Belgium and he wants to impress Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann. Fitness problems were evident in the 21-year-old’s performance in the Monday training session, and if he wants to show his clout to Nagelsmann, he’ll have to push himself to emulate his Anderlecht form at Bayern.

Weekend Warm-up: Bayern Munich should finish the job and ink Matthijs de Ligt; What to do about Konrad Laimer?; Assessing Stranger Things; Throwing it back to Ben Lee; and MORE!

What a massive week of transfer news for Bayern Munich.

Robert Lewandowski had found out that “there’s no easy way” of Bavaria, while the front office has rekindled it once torrid love affair with Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt.

Way back when I started at BFW, De Ligt was one of the very first stories I covered. It was just some initial interest from Bayern Munich with the player and I watched that story evolve from De Ligt looking like he would ink a deal with Bayern Munich to his star exploding and drawing the interest of every big club in Europe.

While he was linked to Bayern Munich, Manchester United, Manchester City, Paris Saint-Germain, and others, De Ligt ultimately chose a huge offer from Juventus. It can be argued (by some) that the move was a bit of a mistake. While he has still progressed and improved, Juventus has not been the most stable club and might not have made for the best learning environment.

With multiple coaching changes, the arrival and subsequent exit of Cristiano Ronaldo, and a pretty steady flow of upheaval, De Ligt probably was not set up to really make the best use of his time in Italy — but he still made strides in his game.

Now, though, the defender seems ready to leave the club and Bayern Munich is at the forefront of the pursuit. This time, the Bavarians should do what it takes to get the deal done and have a foundational piece at center-back to help lead the club into its next generation.

So, what do you say…should Bayern Munich buck up and get this deal done? Tell us what statement most aptly fits your attitude toward a deal.

Report: Juventus star Matthijs de Ligt suspends talks with Chelsea as Bayern Munich prepare a bid

This report comes from Bild, so take it with a grain of salt. However, if true, it means that Bayern Munich are serious about signing Matthijs de Ligt this summer. Per the report, the player’s agents have broken off all talks with Chelsea FC as they wait to see if Bayern and Juventus can reach an agreement.

Contrary to reports in Italy, Bild claim that Bayern Munich have yet to submit any bid for the Dutch defender. Hasan Salihamidzic flew to Turin yesterday to meet with Juventus sporting director Federico Cherubini and discuss the subject of a transfer. The meeting lasted for around three hours and reportedly convinced the Juve bosses that de Ligt only wants a move to Bayern.

Finally, the report says that Juventus may be willing to settle for a fee of around 75m euros, and Bayern are still preparing an initial bid. This is contrary to reports from yesterday which claimed that Bayern had already bid €75m plus bonuses. German media had already cast doubts on the reliability of that report to begin with.

With the player already seemingly secure, Brazzo and the Bayern bosses now need to work on convincing Juventus to sell. What number will they finally agree on? We’ll have to wait and see.

Interested in some more transfer gossip? Why not check out our podcast? In our latest episode, we tackled the Cristiano Ronaldo to Bayern rumors, and also discussed whether a switch to a 4-3-3 makes sense for the club. Listen to it below or at this link.

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Update: Bayern Munich will not sign Cristiano Ronaldo even if Lewandowski leaves

Update: July 6th, 3:30PM EST — Bayern Munich will not sign Cristiano Ronaldo even if Robert Lewandowski leaves
For those thinking that this is a negotiation tactic, Florian Plettenberg has confirmed that talks took place between Jorge Mendes and Bayern, but CR7 will not be moving to Munich. Lewandowski’s impending departure to Barcelona has no bearing on this.

Cristiano Ronaldo has never been in this position before. The five-time Ballon d’Or winner is desperate to leave Manchester United this summer, but all his preferred destination clubs don’t want him. His agent Jorge Mendes has been offering him to the likes of Bayern Munich and Chelsea, but the interest has been lukewarm at best.

According to reports, the Portuguese superstar wants to go to a club that can compete for the Champions League, and Bayern fit the bill. Thanks to the work of his agent, the Bavarians have been mentioned as his preferred destination for several weeks now. Jorge Mendes is “pushing hard” for his client’s move to Germany, according to Fabrizio Romano. However, the interest doesn’t seem mutual.

With Robert Lewandowski angling for a move to FC Barcelona this summer, it has been speculated that the Bavarians could pick up CR7 and give him a leading role in the team. However, that speculation remains confined to media circles — there has been no concrete evidence that Bayern would entertain a move for the 37-year-old. Still, it hasn’t stopped fans from dreaming.

Now club CEO Oliver Kahn has come out and firmly shut the door on Ronaldo potentially moving to Bayern Munich. Speaking to kicker, here’s what the former goalkeeper had to say on the subject:

This lines up with earlier statements by club sporting director Hasan Salihamidizic, who said that Ronaldo was not a subject of discussion at Bayern Munich. No explanation was provided by Brazzo, but Kahn’s comment on the club’s philosophy is telling.

While we have reports that CR7 would even accept a wage cut to play in the Champions League next season, Bayern Munich do not see him as a fit for the team Julian Nagelsmann is trying to build. If you’re confused about what that means, we tackled this very topic on the latest episode of our podcast — “Should Bayern Munich sign Cristiano Ronaldo?” Spoiler alert: The answer is no, and the reason why is more complicated that you might think.

In many ways, the issues discussed above also fit for Chelsea, and any other top club currently meeting Ronaldo’s criteria. He doesn’t fit the projects at Liverpool and Manchester City, and PSG don’t seem like a suitable destination for him.

In a nutshell, top level teams have moved past the need for a superstar like Cristiano Ronaldo. Right now it looks like he’s stuck at Manchester United, and he won’t be happy about that.
Update: Sport1 challenges report on Bayern Munich’s rumored big offer to Juventus for Matthijs de Ligt

Update: July 6th, 5:30PM EST — Sport1 refutes report on Bayern’s offer to Juve
According to Sport1 journalist Kerry Hau, Bayern Munich has not made an offer to Juventus for Matthijs de Ligt just yet — which contradicts Alfredo Pedulla’s earlier report:
Update: German media and Spanish media on opposite sides of Bayern Munich’s rumored pursuit of Cristiano Ronaldo

Update: July 6th, 5:00PM EST — Kahn says club is content with center-backs, but does need a leader
In a brief report from kicker, Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn talked through where his club stands with its personnel on the backline:

FC Bayern is still working on a commitment from Matthijs de Ligt (22) and is optimistic. The problem: Chelsea are fiercely courting and are considered to be financially more powerful. Juventus would like to sell the Dutch central defender to the highest bidder, 80 million euros are in the room.

Bayern’s advantage: De Ligt is said to want to switch to Munich at the second attempt after it didn’t work out for the then Ajax player in 2019. “We are very satisfied with the quality in the center,” says CEO Oliver Kahn. “But we can improve on the points of leadership, volume and presence.”

Update: July 6th, 2:05PM EST — Bayern makes big proposal for De Ligt
According to journalist Alfredo Pedulla, Bayern Munich made a €80 million+ (€75 million, plus more than €5 million achievable in bonuses) offer to Juventus for Matthijs de Ligt:

Bayern surprisingly came out of the woodwork on July 1, first with an inquiry and then with a much higher pressure. It is likely, but we have no definitive confirmation, that the Germans like De Ligt more than Chelsea. it will be the (Editor’s Note: size of the) offer that will make the difference; Bayern’s latest offer is 75 million plus bonuses to reach and exceed 80. Juve is asking for minimum base 80 plus bonuses, we will see if the further raise will come. And especially if Chelsea will raise further.

— C.Smith

After Sadio Mané’s move to Bayern Munich, sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžic is working on the next big move of this summer: the transfer of Matthijs de Ligt from Juventus.

Apart from Bayern Munich, Chelsea FC are also in contention for De Ligt. Journalist Gianluca Di Marzio earlier claimed that De Ligt would prefer a move to the Premier League and to Stamford Bridge.

Recent reports by Sport1 have clarified that the defender is clear on what he wants. He only wants a move to Munich. Brazzo has already spoken to De Ligt, along with manager Julian Nageslmann and has received the player’s firm verbal commitment.

In addition, @iMiaSanMia captured addition information from The Independent, which indicates that De Ligt’s style of play might be a better fit in Germany than in England:

Matthijs de Ligt is understood to currently prefer a move to Germany with Bayern. Bayern have in the last week stepped up efforts to sign the 22-year-old center-back, having been given encouragement by his camp.

There is a belief that German football may suit his style more at this point in his career, although they are naturally open to Chelsea’s offer. The London club have been preparing alternative options

Much persuasion wasn’t necessary, as the Dutchman has liked Bayern for years and would’ve preferred a move to Bayern over Juventus in 2019. This unfortunately failed to transpire due to Ajax’s huge demands in terms of the transfer fee. Despite his inability to secure the player, Brazzo has apparently kept him in mind.

The price tag of a 80 million euros, as daunting as it is, is hardly changeable since De Ligt’s contract only expires in 2024. Brazzo wishes to start negotiations in the next few days, knowing well that he will certainly not get De Ligt at a reasonable price. Juventus will try to sell the Dutchman to whoever is ready to pay the highest.

The price, however, could also start to go higher if Chelsea FC starts getting aggressive as @iMiaSanMia captured from Goal’s Romeo Agresti recent report:

With De Ligt, Nagelsmann would get the communicative defensive leader that he has wanted for a while. This position has a David Alaba-sized hole in it, and while it remains to be seen if De Ligt will fit in, it is certain that he has Nagelsmann’s trust.

But one thing is for sure: the Dutchman isn’t assessing his options based on money. He simply wishes to make the move he would have made three years ago.

Update: July 5th, 7:30PM EST — Ronaldo…in or out?
According to Bild journalists Christian Falk and Tobi Altschäffl, Bayern Munich is not pursuing Cristiano Ronaldo because his wages might blow up the squad’s structure — and because he would not be able to press effectively:

Interestingly, there is clearly a division in this story depending on who is doing the reporting and it seems to vary by country. Regardless, with sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžic operating in stealth mode, anything is possible.

Thomas Müller talks about Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund and their activity in the offseason

It’s been a hectic preseason for both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund, with both teams making numerous signings to beef up their squads. One person can attest to the fast-paced movement, and he wants to take it easy before making the grind. Thomas Müller is still on vacation and wants to make the most of his free time before reporting to training in the coming days.

“In my job I don’t get many opportunities to catch my breath”, Müller said. “That’s why it’s something special and I’m making the most of the time. If I think about it, holidays have different phases for me. On the one hand, working through things that I put off before me. Then maybe a few thoughts on the future. However, I spend most of my time switching off and enjoying myself. For example, when playing golf.”

The exploits of Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund during this transfer window have not gone unnoticed, with Müller being excited about it and raring to get back on the pitch.

“So far, the ball hasn’t really wanted to go the way I wanted, but basically we get along well,” joked Müller in typical Müller fashion about his golf game. “Of course, I’m following closely what’s going on in club football during the summer break. Bayern have already strengthened their squad with three newcomers. A lot has happened in our national competition as well.”

Dortmund mean business this summer after spending 80 million euros for Sébastien Haller from Ajax, Karim Adeyemi from RB Salzburg, and center-back duo Nico Schlotterbeck and Niklas Süle from SC Freiburg and Bayern respectively. Bayern, on the other hand, signed fellow Ajax players Noussair Mazraoui and Ryan Gravenberch, and the blockbuster signing of Sadio Mané from Liverpool, for the combined price of around 50 million euros.

Both clubs aren’t done just yet; Dortmund are after Hoffenheim wing-back David Raum while Bayern are after Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt and RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer. Bayern, however, seem to have
Update: Bayern Munich set to hijack Chelsea’s bid for Matthijs de Ligt, English sources confirm

Update: July 5th, 9:20AM EST — Chelsea sources confirm Bayern Munich are close to landing Matthijs de Ligt
We have our first reports of Bayern’s interest from sources in England. According to Nizaar Kinsella of the Evening Standard, Bayern Munich are confident of landing the Juventus star from right under Chelsea’s noses, as they have worked on convincing the player to reject a move to the Premier League. This lines up with the information reported by Sport1 and Florian Plettenberg earlier in the day. Kinsella is considered a reliable source in Chelsea circles, so the information is likely to be true.

This means that Bayern have a clear shot at landing the Dutchman without interference from the Blues, provided that they can convince Juventus to sell for an agreeable price.

According to a report by Kerry Hau of Sport1, Bayern Munich have agreed personal terms with Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt. The 22-year-old Dutchman prefers a move to Germany over the prospect of joining Chelsea FC, and his salary should not be an obstacle to making a move happen. Currently, the main hurdle preventing the transfer is Juve’s astronomical asking price — a figure Bayern will somehow have to meet or reduce.

The report from Sport1 comes with a ton of information, so let’s break it down point by point:

Bayern Munich have a firm verbal commitment from de Ligt on the subject of a transfer. The Dutchman actually wanted to move to Bayern originally in the summer of 2019, but Ajax’s high asking price prevented the transfer from materializing.
Hasan Salihamidzic has kept in constant contact with de Ligt’s camp ever since the move from Ajax fell through, which has impressed the player and helped inform his decision. The Dutchman is also a Bayern fan from an early age and would have preferred to move to Munich back in the summer of 2019, as confirmed by Mino Raiola. The late agent even said that “it was a shame” the talks didn’t work out.
Bayern are not certain of Juventus’ current asking price, but they currently hold the advantage over Chelsea due to the player’s preference for the German champs. Brazzo knows that despite his past relationship with Juventus, the Turin-based club are looking to sell to the highest bidder and will not agree to any discounts.
De Ligt’s salary should not be an obstacle — the Dutchman is not looking for a huge raise, but simply wants to take the step he wanted to take in 2019.
Julian Nagelsmann sees the 22-year-old as the defensive leader Bayern Munich are looking for. This is why de Ligt is one of Bayern’s major targets for the summer window.
Got all that? Good. It’s a lot of info to absorb. Now, let’s move onto some major talking points that aren’t in the Sport1 report.

Speculation and analysis
De Ligt may want to join Bayern, but as we’ve seen before in 2019, he’s not above moving elsewhere if the money is better (or if the buying club pays a higher transfer fee). So even if his desire is to move to Munich this summer, Chelsea could still land the Dutchman if they meet Juventus’ asking price first. Even if his dream is to play for Bayern one day, he’s young enough that it could still be an option four or five years down the line.

Now, moving onto the other major question — what will Juventus’ asking price be? The player still has two years left on his contract, so his club has plenty of leverage. Some reports in the German media indicate that €60-80m is the price range, but news out of Italy suggests that the Bianconeri are looking for a fee in excess of €100m. Also, Juventus don’t want to accept any player swap deals, so including Benjamin Pavard in the transfer to reduce the price seems unlikely.

After strong showings in negotiations with both Liverpool and Ajax this summer, Brazzo may have finally met his match. If Matthijs de Ligt does come to Munich in this transfer window, it will be for a massive fee — the Dutchman could become the most expensive signing Bayern has ever made. Is he worth it?
Bayern Munich submit official bid for Stade Rennais gem

RMC Sport is reporting that Bayern Munich has submitted a bid for 17-year-old Stade Rennais youngster Mathys Tel. The amount of the proposal is unknown at this point.

Tel, who frequents playing on the left or through the middle in the attack, is fresh off of winning the U-17 Euros with France, scoring two goals and getting the captain’s armband along the way.

RMC Sport hints that, with Lewandowski leaving, Tel might see a chance at playing time for Bayern Munich’s first team, even though, the likes of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Sadio Mané remain as competition for that center-forward position.

BFW Analysis
Mathys Tel is incredibly talented and would surely be a boon for Bayern if he were to sign, but the odds of this move happening are very low. News of a potential move for Tel follows Bayern’s attempt to sign another 17-year-old French star in the making, Ayman Kari. The difference between Kari and Tel in this situation is that Kari’s contract with his current employers Paris Saint Germain has already expired, which means Bayern would have been able to sign him for no transfer fee, while Tel still has two years left on his contract.

Inking Tel would require a mammoth transfer fee, which Bayern might not want to pay with more potential business to be done this summer. Besides, Tel already managed to get some first team minutes for Stade Rennais last season. His next season for Rennes is poised to be a true breakout season, so why would he swap that for less playing time with Bayern? Stranger things have happened, but this transfer does seem very unlikely.

Off the Crossbar: When one (refrigerator) door closes, does another one open for Bayern Munich?

One of the most fun — and tremendously stupid — storylines we have encountered at BFW in recent years was involving the assertion that former Bayern Munich center-back Niklas Süle and Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt were a bit too hefty for their chosen profession.

Now, hear me out, we think it is beyond ludicrous that anyone would think either of those young dudes are out of shape. It has become a great, running joke on the site for years now.

Years bro…years.

Because of that, I have always wanted to see the “All Chonk” center-back tandem of Süle and De Ligt as Bayern Munich’s big-boned bros on the backline. Celebrating each win with heavy beers and even heavier plates, this was my dream.

To defend his honor, Süle even had to declare publicly that he was no “lard arse.”

Alas, when Süle took his craving of kebabs to the North Rhine-Westphalia region, my fantasies were (orange) crushed. Now, though, Bayern Munich might be throwing me a (ribeye) bone and could be pursuing De Ligt.

While you might be able to argue that Süle has carried an extra pound or two at times, De Ligt’s case was completely ridiculous — and typical of Manchester United’s drunken sailor-type squad planning — because it didn’t even involve his own physical state.

Yup, the Red Robins…err, Devils, turned down a chance to ink De Ligt because they thought his dad was too heavy. It’s a good thing that BFW did not scan my family or else my grandfather might have been too drunk for SBN to hire me (or maybe that is why they hired me).

What a Whopper of a story!

Anyway, my crockpot, err, crackpot theory is that there is a strong chance that Lucas Hernandez will leave when his contract expires in 2024 — and if that turns out to be true, the Bavarians could be looking to sell off the Frenchman as early as next summer.

So…a pursuit of De Ligt — even if he is expensive — is not out of the realm of possibility for me. Will it happen? Fat chance…but we will always have our dreams, right?
Oliver Bierhoff feels the arrival of Sadio Mané at Bayern Munich will affect Serge Gnabry and Leroy Sané’s standing with Die Mannshcaft

Serge Gnabry’s situation at Bayern Munich is still unclear as far as his contract is concerned. His contract at the club is set to expire next summer, but he’s yet to accept rather lucrative offers that would see him earn 17-19 million euros per year, which is a favorable offer, especially considering his inconsistency from last season. There’s hope internally at Bayern that Gnabry will eventually accept the current contract offer that’s on the table, but there’s currently no indication from his camp that he will eventually do that.

Per a recent report from SportBild, Germany team manager Oliver Bierhoff is slightly worried with Gnabry’s situation having not agreed on a new deal yet. He’s also worried that the arrival of Sadio Mané from Liverpool this summer will affect Gnabry’s standing at Bayern, and will thus jeopardize his standing with Die Mannschaft. He wants to ensure that the player has a clear head without too many distractions this upcoming season and potentially running the risk of losing Gnabry on a free transfer next summer puts Bayern in a difficult spot. “I’m curious to see what happens,” Bierhoff said.

Bierhoff also feels that Mané’s arrival in Bayern’s attack will hurt Leroy Sané’s prospect – a player that really struggled toward the latter stages of last season after having a decent Hinrunde. “It can be a problem, especially in a World Cup year, when there are too many top players in the squad who want and need every minute of play and who want to play for themselves,” Bierhoff explained. Mané’s versatility to play as either a center forward or a winger means that he could easily windup taking minutes from either Gnabry or Sané. It’s also still not clear whether or not Robert Lewandowski will get his move to Barcelona this summer, but he’s certainly pushing for it.

“You have to assume that Sadio Mané is the top transfer at the beginning. Every player has to be aware of this situation and decide for themselves what is best for their own situation and development,” Bierhoff continued. Whether or not Mane’s arrival is affecting Gnabry’s decision to sign a new deal or not is unclear, but it’s certainly something the player has to consider. For both Sané and Gnabry, though, if Lewandowski does wind up leaving, that will be better for their own prospects of getting more minutes and not missing out on too many at the hands of Mané.

Cristiano Ronaldo ‘tells Manchester United to let him LEAVE’ with Premier League rivals Chelsea and Bayern Munich interested, but club insist star is NOT for sale

Cristiano Ronaldo has reportedly told Manchester United to let him leave this summer.

But the Premier League giants remain steadfast in their view that the Portuguese superstar is not for sale, talkSPORT understands.

The 37-year-old is said to want to play in the Champions League for the remainder of his career, which the Red Devils won’t be doing next season after finishing sixth in the Premier League.

The Times claims Ronaldo has told the club of his wish to depart this summer, and that rivals Chelsea and Bayern Munich have already discussed the possibility of signing the superstar forward.

Manchester United had denied initial rumours of a possible Ronaldo exit when the links first emerged in June.

And while the club has not moved to deny the claims he has asked for a move away from Old Trafford, United maintain he will be going nowhere this summer.

Ronaldo has a year left on his contract and new manager Erik ten Hag sees the legend as a key part of his plans.

New Chelsea owner Todd Boehly is said to have held talks with Ronaldo’s representatives last week, while Bayern’s interest is also well-documented as they look for a replacement for Robert Lewandowski, who looks set for a move to Barcelona.

finishing as the Red Devils’ top scorer with 24 goals in 38 games.

Reacting to the news on talkSPORT, ex-Manchester United midfielder Darron Gibson, who played alongside Ronaldo during his first Old Trafford spell, expressed his shock at the reports.

He said: “I’m a bit surprised. A lot of people will say it’s a good thing but personally I think it would be a bad thing if Ronaldo left.

“It’s up to him if that’s something he wants to do: keep breaking records and achieving things.”

New Man United boss Ten Hag insisted earlier this summer that he plans to utilise Ronaldo in the coming season, while club and international teammate Bruno Fernandes also said he expects him to stay.

“I spoke to him a few weeks ago,” Fernandes said. “We’re both on vacation, no one bothers friends on vacation.
“I hope to meet him on [July 4] to train there at Manchester United, I’m not expecting more than that.

“There is nothing more than that, but each one takes care of their future.

“I don’t believe that the club is willing to lose a player of the value of Cristiano.”

After rivals Liverpool and Man City both strengthened, Ronaldo reportedly fears another trophyless season at Old Trafford.

Portuguese outlet Record also claims that Ronaldo ‘fears Ten Hag doesn’t have weapons to fight for titles’, and ‘doesn’t want to waste’ the final years of his career at a club where he feels he can’t win trophies.

Report: Bayern Munich to pursue Cristiano Ronaldo if Robert Lewandowski is sold
Report: Bayern Munich to pursue Cristiano Ronaldo if Robert Lewandowski is sold

Okay, okay…we’ve been down this road before — and Bayern Munich has already tried to stiff-arm any idea that they would have interest in Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, journalist Duncan Castles of The Times is reporting that the Bavarians could still be in the mix for the Portuguese star if the club ultimately sells Robert Lewandowski this summer.

The report (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), says that while Bayern Munich has — allegedly — placed any pursuit of Ronaldo “on hold”, a sale of Lewandowski would instantly ignite interest in the 37-year-old star:

Cristiano Ronaldo has asked to be allowed to leave Manchester United should the club receive a satisfactory offer. Bayern Munich are understood to have placed a hold on their interest in Ronaldo until Robert Lewandowski’s sale has been agreed.

So, what can Bayern Munich offer Ronaldo that some other clubs cannot? A realistic shot at Champions League glory:

Ronaldo is driven by a desire to play in the Champions League. He believes he has “three or four years” left at the highest level and would like to spend them at a club where he is capable of adding to his team and individual achievements.

Lewandowski has been closely linked to FC Barcelona, with Chelsea FC and Paris Saint-Germain on the periphery of a pursuit.

English pundit raves over Sadio Mané’s chances for success at Bayern Munich

In an exclusive interview with FreeSuperTips (as made available to Bavarian Football Works), English pundit Sue Smith became one of the few football experts to give Sadio Mané some credit for making the move to Bayern Munich.

“I think it’s a great signing for Bayern Munich and he’ll be a great success in Germany. Yes, he’s 30 years old, but he’s still at the top of his game and he’s still one of the fittest players and producing some top-quality performances,” Smith said. “He’ll still provide a lot of goals and assists and help Bayern Munich go to the next level. There’s going to be a lot of competition for places in that side, but I think the level that he sets will turn out to be a top-quality signing for Bayern Munich.”

As for what kind of hole Mané is expected to leave at Liverpool, Smith said the Senegalese attacker will not be easy to replace.

“It’s a huge loss because he’s been a consistent performer for several years. The fans absolutely love him and rightly so because he’s been so consistent and performing at a high level since he joined. He’s scored a lot of important goals and created important moments,” Smith said. “For such a long time we looked at that front three of Mané, (Robert) Firmino and (Mo) Salah and you wondered how it could ever be broken up or get better. But then they go and bring in Jota and Diaz giving them five quality players battling for those front three positions. When Mané does leave, it will be a loss and it will upset some Liverpool fans, but they’ve brought in one of the most exciting talents in football in Darwin Nunez, so Liverpool have made a real statement in this window.”

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Barca to offer €50M fixed to Bayern for Lewy (Barca Universal)
FC Barcelona will reportedly submit another bid for Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski. This time, Barca will allegedly pitch a fixed fee of €50 million. That figure could still fall we short of the €70 million-€75 million that the Bavarians are supposed to want to the Poland international:

Barcelona’s attempts to sign Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich this summer are yet to bear fruit. The German champions have knocked back three separate offers from the Blaugrana for their ace goal scorer, with the latest bid being in the region of €40 million, plus €10 million in add-ons, taking the total value of the deal to €50 million.

However, Bayern Munich continue to be steadfast in their stance of the player being not for sale. But recent reports indicate that the Bavarian giants have started informal talks with Barça after having avoided negotiations until this point.

And Gerard Romero is now claiming that Barcelona are prepared to raise their bid for the 33-year-old Poland captain and table an offer that would be worth €50 million fixed, in the hope that it will convince Die Roten to do business. Romero adds that Lewandowski has been identified as the absolute priority by manager Xavi Hernandez for the summer transfer window, which is why the Catalans are now ready to table another improved offer despite having faced rejections thrice already.

Update: Bayern Munich might want €75 million from FC Barcelona for Robert Lewandowski

Update — June 29th: 11:53AM EST — Bayern wants €75 million for Lewy
Well, that escalated quickly.

According to Diario Sport (as captured by ESPN), Bayern Munich now wants €75 million for Robert Lewandowski:

Diario Sport says that Bayern were asking for a transfer fee of €75 million for the 33-year-old, while Barca aren’t willing to go above €40m plus add-ons, so it could be a long negotiation before Lewandowski gets his move.

It is felt that the demand for €75m is to give Bayern a very strong opening position in negotiations, while at the same time it is felt that Lewandowski can no longer continue at the Allianz Arena due to the impact he could have on the morale of the squad.

Perhaps Bayern Munich saw the rumored €65 million Barca will get from Manchester United for Frenkie de Jong and decided it would need a bigger pay day if it is going to sell off Lewandowski?

Striker Watch: has Bayern Munich come calling for Canada’s Jonathan David?

Bayern Munich’s striker search this transfer window may be taking an intriguing turn. Per Sport Bild (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), Lille OSC forward Jonathan David has emerged as a candidate to fill the shoes of one Robert Lewandowski — who is still here, for now.

The situation
David has a contract until 2025, having signed two years ago for €27m from Belgian side K.A.A Gent. Lille finished tenth in Ligue 1 this season, however, and big teams are circling, including Manchester United. Though he’s hit an icy patch — scoring in two out of 21 club games in 2022 — Transfermarkt’s Manuel Veth puts his price tag at a cool €50m.

What does David make of all the attention? As he told The Province in early June:

“I wouldn’t say there’s a particular team. I think anything could come. It just depends on the project. What I can offer them or what they can offer me […] It’s a World Cup year, so I think it’s important for me to keep playing and getting minutes. And I think it’s all about going somewhere that you know that you’re in a good environment,” David said.

Player profile
Still just 22 years of age, David is far from the finished product. But here’s one Bayern-centric glimpse at what he can do through the middle.

Pacey, energetic, looking for runs in behind, cool in the box with either foot: there’s lots to like. David is also consistently praised for pressing from the front, which is no surprise given his links to an Erik ten Hag team. At Lille, he played in a strike partnership, and his touchmap shows influence across the pitch:

Fit at Bayern
The immediate question will be how he might complement new signing Sadio Mané, who has also found his calling centrally for Liverpool. A strike partnership would not be out of the question: Julian Nagelsmann did employ a top-two as an adjustment from the bench last season and previously used a 3-5-2. It would still be surprising, though, and ask questions of numerous other players.

It’s also possible that Mané remains on the wing, and David is asked to develop into an in-the-box 9 for the next generation. Bayern should consider with caution, however, as not every striker used to having a partner transitions smoothly to lone ranger — see the cases of Timo Werner and Romelu Lukaku for Chelsea’s back three.

From a chemistry perspective, at least, David is already well-acquainted with Canada teammate Alphonso Davies. That will certainly be a bonus, especially in any creative partnership. And he is the exact ideal age profile for Bayern’s next acquisition in attack.

Ultimately, at €50m, this would be buying high and putting a lot of pressure on David’s shoulders. Tantalizing, though it feels unlikely unless both Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry depart. Should that happen, however, David may zoom to the top of the list.

Did Bayern Munich just sign the best talent of Paris Saint-Germain?

Last Saturday there was a big social-media storm about Bayern Munich’s rumored contract agreement with the young midfielder Ayman Kari, from Paris Saint-Germain’s academy. At the age of seventeen Ayman is one of the best midfield talents in the world and last year he won the ‘Titi d’Or’, an award given to the best talent in the academy of PSG. Ayman is yet to sign his professional contract with PSG, and his contract with the club runs out on 30th June of this year. And Bayern were said to be looking to take advantage of this situation as they were rumored to be plotting a move that will bring youngster to the club on a free transfer. And a deal was seemingly on the verge of being done.

The social-media rumors gathered more intensity after people on the internet found out that, Bayern’s ‘Senior player care manager’, Johannes Mösmang was already following Kari on Instagram. While this can well be of no significance but Mösmang has an interesting ‘Instagram follow’ history. In past, he already started ‘following’ Leroy Sané and Lucas Hernández on Instagram, just days before they officially signed their contracts with FC Bayern, so yeah, make out of it what you will.

But in reality, the move does not seem to be so close to being done. Ayman’s advisor told RMC Sport that it was not yet over between Kari and PSG, and they are still trying to extend the youngster’s contract.

Now GOAL France has confirmed that Bayern were, in fact, in advanced talks to sign Kari, but the negotiations have apparently stalled now and Paris have re-intensified their efforts to keep their young midfielder. Moreover, two Bundesliga clubs have also joined the race to secure Kari’s signature.

Bayern has a history of signing ‘Titi d’Or’ winners, however. Their Kingsley Coman and Tanguy Nianzou are both former winners of this award, Coman, in fact, won if twice. Another well-known name of Bundesliga, Moussa Diaby of Bayern Leverkusen has also won it in the past. Ayman Kari will be third ‘Titi d’Or’ winner to play for FC Bayern if the move goes through, but competition from everywhere else, is only getting tougher.

Bayern Munich transfer hypocrisy can only end one way as Liverpool made wise Sadio Mané call

In what is shaping up to be one of the biggest transfer sagas of the summer, Robert Lewandowski remains a Bayern Munich player (for now) and Barcelona keep being linked with him.

Lewandowski has made it clear publicly that he wants to move to Barcelona, and Barcelona have made it clear that they want to sign him — and yet, a deal does not appear close.

So where do Liverpool come into the equation? Well, having agreed to sell Sadio Mané to Bayern Munich for a fee that could reach £35m (but is initially less than £30m minus the add-ons), there is more than a little hypocrisy at play.

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Mané is almost four years younger than Lewandowski. Both forwards have (or had, in the case of Mané) a year left on their contracts, and both wanted to leave.

But while Liverpool fairly quickly found a replacement and granted Mané’s wish to move on, things have played out very differently with the Bundesliga champions — even though in the Senegalese, they have a replacement of their own.

Barcelona, despite having very limited finances to work with to put it mildly, have an interest, but whether they can meet Bayern Munich’s demands remains to be seen. The goalposts appear to change with every passing week.
Sadio Mane’s agent explains Liverpool transfer exit and addresses wage rumours

Sadio Mane ‘s agent has shut down rumours that the 30-year-old’s departure from Liverpool was due to his wage demands.

Following Mane’s £35.1 million transfer to Bayern Munich, which was completed on Wednesday, speculation arose suggesting that the Senegal captain had made the move to Germany for financial reasons. Mane had one year remaining on his Liverpool contract and negotiations over a new deal were put on hold as the Reds unsuccessfully attempted to hunt down the quadruple towards the end of last season.

Shortly after their agonising 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, the forward opted to call time on his Anfield career. The decision ended his six-year stay on Merseyside after being made Jurgen Klopp ‘s first major signing in June 2016. But Mane’s PR agent, Bacary Cisse, has dismissed rumours that his salary was Liverpool was ‘too low’.

“Those are false rumours,” Cisse told TV5Monde. “We didn’t want to talk about that. A player of Sadio’s calibre can’t be earning the salary that people are speaking about. The numbers circulating are completely wrong.

“Sadio was already earning more than that when he joined Liverpool from Southampton. He extended his contract in 2018 and his salary was much higher than the numbers circulating in the media.”

Despite his contractual situation with the Reds, many saw Mane’s exit as a surprise. After the player himself laid out his reasons for wanting a change of scenery – labelling Bayern the “right club at the right time” – his representative shed more light on his client’s decision. “He won everything with Liverpool and it was time to seek a new challenge elsewhere,” Cisse added.

Report: Bayern Munich raise Robert Lewandowski’s price AGAIN as Barcelona make new bid

Florian Plettenberg has been on fire this transfer window. He’s the guy who broke the Sadio Mane news, so when he speaks you need to listen. Now according to his latest report, Bayern Munich want at least €60m for Robert Lewandowski this summer, and FC Barcelona are looking to improve their bid. A few days ago Plettenberg had reckoned that Lewy would stay in Germany this summer — now he says that the move is much more likely.

Here’s the tweet in question:

Of course Barcelona have the money to pay for the transfer, because they say so. Joan Laporta seemed very confident about the club’s finances following their members’ decision to sell off part of the club’s merchandising and TV deals in order to raise money. Now, the president of a venerable footballing institution such as Barcelona would surely never lie, would he? That would be unthinkable. So obviously he’s not bluffing and Bayern are well within their rights to demand a large chunk of cash for Lewandowski’s transfer.

So now we wait for the next bid from the Catalans. Hopefully they at least offer 50 million euros this time. If not, then maybe Lewandowski should start getting worried about a lack of appreciation. He wouldn’t want to go to a club that doesn’t appreciate him, right?

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Barca readying next proposal for Lewy (Barca Universal)

FC Barcelona is reportedly going back to the drawing board and preparing an offer for Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski:

Bayern Munich’s persistence this summer has seen FC Barcelona getting rebuffed twice in their attempts to sign top target Robert Lewandowski. The Catalans had initiated the negotiations by tabling an offer of around €32 million. But Bayern were swift to reject the offer, prompting Barça to come up with an improved €35 million bid.

However, reports suggest Bayern have rejected Barcelona’s second offer as well, with the club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic issuing a stark response. Many expect Bayern to keep hold of Lewandowski unless any interested party comes up with an offer of around €50 million. In light of their recent rejection, Barcelona were poised to come up with another improved offer next week. And as per Gerard Romero, the Catalans are already weighing up the third bid for Lewandowski, which is thought to be somewhere in the region of €35-40 million.

The figure of €35-40 million will be paid in cash, while Barça are willing to offer up to €7 million in performance-related add-ons, thus potentially increasing the overall package to almost €50 million.

It still feels like Barca will have to go north of €50 million with a base offer to get a deal done.
Why Bayern Munich rejected Cristiano Ronaldo

Update — June 25th/3:00AM EST: Uh, yeah, so about why Bayern Munich doesn’t want Ronaldo
According to Sky Sport (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), Cristiano Ronaldo would have blown up the club’s wage structure, is too old, is unwilling to press, and could have jeopardized team chemistry. Other than that, I am sure he would have been fine, though:

Did statements from Jurgen Klopp spur Sadio Mané to leave Liverpool for Bayern Munich

It’s already official. Sadio Mané has completed his move from Liverpool to Bayern Munich and has already been unveiled as a Bayern player. He’s signed a three-year deal that will keep him in Munich until 2025 after six well-decorated seasons playing under Jurgen Klopp on Merseyside. It’s one of the biggest transfer in recent years for not only just Bayern, but for the Bundesliga as a whole.

Of course, English pundits have questioned Mané’s rationale for choosing to leave a Liverpool side that so nearly clinched a historic quadruple of silverware this past season while he’s quite arguably still within the pinnacle of his playing career. His contract at the club was coming to an end next summer and he had not agreed on a new deal, having his heart set on coming to Bayern for the next chapter in his career.

On a recent appearance on TalkSport Radio (via Football365), former Queens Park Rangers, Manchester City, and West Ham striker Trevor Sinclair explained why he feels Mané ultimately made the decision to leave Liverpool for Bayern. He chalked it up to three separate reasons that all boiled down to him feeling the Senegal international was not as properly rewarded when he should’ve been, making him feel like it was time for a move.

“This Sadio Mané transfer is obviously universally accepted now he’s left Liverpool Football Club as a club legend. But I keep on hearing some fans and ex-players saying ‘I don’t know why he’s left?’ Let me tell you why he’s left. One, I don’t think he’s ever been lauded and appreciated at the football club like Virgil van Dijk or Mo Salah. Two, the fact that Liverpool let his contract go down to the last year kind of suggests that that’s how they felt about him,” Sinclair ranted.

Liverpool face a similar situation with Salah and the fact that he is entering the final year of his contract with the club. Despite making it clear he would be playing for Liverpool this coming season, it still remains to be seen whether or not he will eventually sign a new deal for the club. He’s often the one to get the majority of plaudits ahead of Mané, and Liverpool fans can, and will, remember Mané’s rift during the 3-0 away win at Turf Moor against Burnley from the 2019/20 season where he was infuriated that he was lambasted for not passing the ball to Salah when the latter wasn’t questioned for doing the same exact thing. The two both later confirmed it was just a momentary reaction from Mané and that there was no bad blood, but fast-forwarding to now, it can be viewed as slightly indicative of the pecking order at Liverpool.

The African Cup of Nations also affected Liverpool. Both Salah and Mané were away with Egypt and Senegal respectively for as long as possible, as both of those nations made it to the final of the competition. Klopp has often been vocal about his disdain for fixture congestion in the Premier League calendar with all of the different domestic and European cup competitions attached, so it came as little surprise when he questioned the timing of the AFCON. Sinclair feels that Mané didn’t take too kindly to Klopp slightly belittling the tournament. “Three, I think the main thing is that Jurgen Klopp lost him when he came out and belittled the AFCON tournament which his manager (for Senegal) Aliou Cisse had to come out and defend the AFCON and said ‘you were coming second until our African players started playing for you,” he said.

“Mané is a man of principles, you’ve seen him buy hospitals, buy schools and all the rest of it in his home town of Senegal and it’s for these reasons I feel Sadio Mané’s thought, ‘You know what, I’m going, I’m leaving the club.’ He’s had a good time, he’s been a club legend but I don’t think he could play on after that,” Sinclair concluded.

Lovro Zvonarek officially arrives at Bayern Munich

The FC Bayern Campus has shown photos of new signing Lovro Zvonarek training with Bayern II, as captured by Tz. Finally, the player has arrived at Bayern Munich. He was initially signed for 1.8 million euros-which could rise to 4.5 million in add-ons from Croatian side Slaven Belupo last year, but the transfer was completed after the transfer window ended. So Bayern allowed Zvonarek to stay in his homeland and play in the first division of Croatian football.

Zvonarek thrived. While injuries majorly hindered the Croatian, when he got on the field, he was fantastic. So much so that Zvonarek not only became the youngest player to score in the first division of Croatian football, he even became the youngest captain in Croatian history as he captained Slaven Belupo for the last five matches. Clearly, this young man has a lot of potential and a lot of maturity.

The Croatian media has even dubbed him “the new Modric.” Of course, people should be wary throwing those kinds of comparisons around but the point remains. He is incredibly talented. Bayern fans should be excited to see what he can bring to the future of this club, even if it should take multiple years for that future to be realized.

However, Zvonarek’s near future remains uncertain. He just played in the first division in Croatian football and proved he belonged at that level. Playing in the fourth division of German football will not nearly provide the challenge Zvonarek requires to improve as a player. Yet he’s also not ready for the first team.

The obvious answer might be a loan, but uprooting this 17-year-old from his homeland only to have him change homes twice in a few months does not seem like it would help him adjust to Germany. For now, Zvonarek will train with Bayern II. But by the 8th of July, when the first team begins pre-season, Nagelsmann will likely include Zvonarek in his pre-season plans to evaluate him and determine precisely what to do with him next season. Let’s just hope it is the right decision.

Florian Plettenberg denies Cristiano Ronaldo to Bayern Munich rumors

So let’s get this straight — Diario AS published a report where they claimed Cristiano Ronaldo would be moving from Manchester United to Bayern Munich in order to fill the gap left by the departure of Robert Lewandowski. My editor won’t like that huge sentence but it’s shortest way possible to describe this mess.

So — is Bayern Munich planning to sign Cristiano Ronaldo?

Uh, no. Not at all. Not even in the slightest.

Sky Sports journalist Florian Plettenberg, who was the first to break news of the Sadio Mane saga and has generally been spot-on with all his transfer takes this summer, had this to say about the Ronaldo rumors:

Falk hasn’t been anywhere near as reliable this window as he used to be, but we have no reason to doubt his reporting on this. Why would Bayern sign Ronaldo? It doesn’t make any sense. Then again he DID say the Mane news was untrue, and that seemed almost as unlikely at the time, sooooo … let’s just ignore him for now. No need to overthink it.

Basically, according to unreliable sources, Bayern want CR7 this summer. But according to (mostly) reliable sources, Bayern will not sign CR7 this summer. Seems conclusive, but what do I know? Transfer rumors can be weird even at the best of times.
Bayern Munich’s Tanguy Nianzou could be on the move this summer

Tanguy Nianzou’s future with Bayern Munich is in doubt. The French defender will have another chance to prove himself during preseason. Julian Nagelsmann wants to see him in action a little more before making a decision on the defender. This might take until August, which could see Nianzou being a late sale in the summer window.

Florian Plettenberg of Sky Sport News reported that a few agents have made contact and want to transfer him. Valued at around 10 million euros, and at the age of just 20-years-old, the player still has the potential to develop with the right experience.

It is expected that Nianzou will probably play a larger role this season with Niklas Sule leaving, unless Bayern Munich makes a replacement signing at centre-back. Nianzou is still young enough to develop into a starting defender if things go the right way, but his agents might think he can get this experience in another club. He only played 19% of the possible minutes he could play this season for Bayern and could find a lot more minutes elsewhere. If he is sold, Bayern will certainly needed another defender.

Transfer rumours: Bayern Munich eye Ronaldo; Real Madrid consider Son

Barcelona’s opening bid for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has gone in at €40m. The Pole wants a new challenge but his club are reluctant to let him go.

Bayern have been tipped to make a sensational approach for Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo if they lose Lewandowski. Ronaldo is said to be concerned about the lack of transfer activity at Old Trafford.

Real Madrid could make a shock approach for Tottenham star Son Heung-min after missing out on primary target Kylian Mbappe earlier this summer.

Ajax want €80m if they are to sell Antony this summer. The Brazilian winger is keen on joining Manchester United but Chelsea have emerged with interest.

Marseille, who signed William Saliba on loan from Arsenal last season, are keen to raid north London again – this time in pursuit of Portuguese left-back Nuno Tavares.

Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt has handed in a transfer request amid rumoured interest from Chelsea.

Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen will make a straight choice between Brentford and Manchester United after Tottenham cooled their interest in signing him.

Tottenham could also drop their interest in Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus to instead focus on pursuing Richarlison from Everton or Raphinha from Leeds.

Paul Pogba has an agreement in principle in place to re-sign for former club Juventus. But international teammate Adrien Rabiot wants to leave and move to a Premier League side – Juve are already prepared to sell him and fellow midfielder Arthur.

Barcelona offer Bayern Munich initial €35m for Robert Lewandowski

Barcelona have made a new offer for Robert Lewandowski of €35m (£30m) plus €5m in add-ons but Bayern Munich are expected to turn that down.

The striker is determined to join Barcelona despite approaches from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain and has verbally agreed a three-year deal.

Leading Bayern executives have continued publicly to point out that Lewandowski is under contract for another year and say they expect him back for pre-season training on 12 July. Last month the player declared his Bayern career “over” and said he did not believe the club would hold him against his will.

Bayern’s board member for sport, Hasan Salihamidzic, gave an interview on Thursday to Sky in Germany in which he appeared to leave open the possibility of Lewandowski leaving for the right price. Asked to state as a percentage the likelihood of the player staying he said: “Until now it’s 100%.”

Report: Bayern Munich players getting tired of Robert Lewandowski transfer controversy and “egotistical streak”

According to a report from The Athletic (as captured by The Daily Mail), some Bayern Munich players are getting a little sick of Robert Lewandowski:

Bayern Munich stars are reportedly bracing themselves for Robert Lewandowski’s departure — having grown tired of his public posturing to force a move away from the club. Lewandowski, 33, has confirmed his intention to leave Bayern this summer after eight years in Munich, with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea all vying for his signature.

According to The Athletic, his teammates at the Allianz Arena expect him to be granted his desired move away before the summer transfer window draws to a close. It is believed Lewandowski’s Bayern teammates are tired of seeing him agitate for a move, as well as revert to an egotistical streak on the pitch. They are therefore anticipating the Poland striker, who scored 50 goals in all competitions last season, to depart Julian Nagelsmann’s side over the next few months.

The timing of this is interesting as it comes just a day after Bayern Munich formally announced the signing of former Liverpool attacker Sadio Mané. It should be noted, however, that no Bayern Munich players have said anything derogatory on record about Lewandowski or his situation. If there are rumbles being emitted from the locker room, it is being done on an anonymous basis.

FC Barcelona has long been rumored to be the desired destination for Lewandowski, but both Chelsea FC and Paris Saint-Germain are very interested in the Poland international.
Hasan Salihamidžic discusses the situations of Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry

It is known that the futures of Bayern Munich attackers Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry are uncertain. Both players are at a crossroads in respective points of their career, deciding if they should stay or move to a different club.

Speaking to Sport Bild (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), Bayern’s Sporting Director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžic sat down and discussed what will happen to Gnabry and Lewandowski amidst the arrival of Sadio Mané from Liverpool. Brazzo was asked if Mané’s arrival was related to Gnabry’s hesitation at extending with the club, a question which he refuted.

“The signing of Sadio Mané has nothing to do with Serge”, said the Bayern sporting director. “We still want to resume talks with Serge and see whether he’s willing to extend during this transfer window.”

Brazzo stressed that Gnabry is a perfect fit for the team and hopes to reach an agreement with him soon. “Serge is a German international and fits into our team perfectly”, said Brazzo. “We don’t want to go into the final year of his contract without hearing from him that he wants to stay. There should be no pressure. Nevertheless, from the club’s point of view, it’s only fair that if the player does not want to extend, we have to find a solution that satisfies all parties involved.”

The SD also downplayed the thought of Mané being the direct replacement for Lewandowski if the striker leaves and reiterated that the Pole is still under contract: ”Our position is clear: Robert has a contract until the summer of 2023.”

It remains to be seen whether FC Barcelona would cough up the money for Lewandowski and meet Bayern’s valuation of €50 million; Brazzo, however, isn’t bothered about it. “I’m not thinking about that”, he said. “I’m expecting to see Robert in training at Säbener Straße on July 12 (when pre-season starts).”

Update on Konrad Laimer’s future, plus a player analysis on his potential fit at Bayern Munich

According to a report by kicker, Konrad Laimer has informed RB Leipzig that he’s unwilling to renew his contract, though he’s not told them he wants to leave immediately. In Leipzig there’s talk of a €25-30m asking price. They prefer not to sell to Bayern Munich, but the scenario is not ruled out (as captured by @iMiaSanMia).

All this talk of multiple clubs, from Manchester United to Bayern Munich being interested in the Austrian, raises a few questions.

How good is Konrad Laimer? Is he the midfielder Bayern needs?

Here’s the answers to all your questions.

In simple words, Laimer is a pressing machine. He is a high volume presser and is extremely effective at regaining possession. His aggressive and high-energy style of play, combined with a good tackle success rate means he is the perfect midfielder. Many pundits draw comparisons to his style of play with that of N’Golo Kante.

There are not many players who can trouble the opponent like Laimer does. He’s also excellent at keeping the opposition away from the ball and clearing the way to start counter-attacks.

In a double pivot, Laimer aims to progress with the ball while at the same time, also helping in creating wide overloads. To put it simply, Laimer is extremely comfortable with the ball at his feet, and also excellent at finding spaces.

(Essentially, a wide overload is when a central midfielder passes to a winger in a wide area.)

If you are already impressed by Laimer, the next quality of his will be the icing on the cake.

He’s incredibly press-resistant. He is just as good as evading the press as he is at pressing. He has the pace and energy to regain possession when he loses it and ALSO is brilliant at difficult situations.

His energy has drawn the admiration of fellow Austrian Marko Arnautovic: “I don’t know what he ate or had to drink beforehand. To cover that amount of ground is crazy. He has a huge future.”

Laimer doesn’t have very good passing statistics, which has to do with Leipzig’s vertical passing, something that we have seen in Bayern games ever since Julian Nagelsmann’s takeover.

Former Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach manager, Adi Hutter on Laimer: “He is incredibly aggressive on the ball, challenges opponents very hard and brings established professionals to the ground. He knows exactly what he wants.”

His stats (which can be accessed at FBref.com) are testament to his skills as a skilled, yet energetic beast of a midfielder.

Now, let’s address whether Laimer is a necessity for Bayern’s midfield, for which we will list out the problems with Bayern’s midfield and cite solutions for the same.

Problem: Constantly losing possession and not being able to regain

Solution: Laimer’s presence can certainly help; this has been explained in detail.

Problem: Passing has been terrible lately

Solution: This has a lot to do with the vertical passing system and Laimer probably won’t be of much help, since he isn’t exactly that great at passing himself.

Problem: Susceptible and vulnerable when being pressed

Solution: Laimer is, in all respects, both an excellent presser and a player that’s extremely press resistant.

(The other problems with the midfield such as fatigue and so on have more to do with the lack of squad rotation.)

Twist and shout? Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski to snub FC Barcelona and transfer to PSG

PSG might be looking to steal in and snatch Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski away from FC Barcelona at the last minute, according to Santi Aouna and Sebastien Denis of footmercato and captured by @iMiaSanMia. The saga surrounding Lewandowski has been rumbling on for months with no end in sight, yet there only ever seemed to be one club in for the reigning Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2021. That club is FC Barcelona. The report acknowledges this, but insists that PSG’s sporting advisor Kylian Mbappe Luis Campos is working very hard to convince the Polish striker to reject Barcelona’s contract offer and sign for the Parisian giants instead.

Key to this is Bayern’s asking price, which is said to be €50 million in one installment. With Barcelona’s much publicized financial woes, the club might not be able to afford or be willing to spend such a large transfer fee for a 33-year-old player. Money, of course, is not a barrier for PSG and they would seemingly be eager to partner Lewandowski up with the likes of Kylian Mbappe.

The natural contradiction in this article is that recent reports have emerged that Barcelona would be willing to meet Bayern’s asking price of €50 million. So take this rumor with a grain of salt. PSG face big odds in order to persuade Lewy to agree terms with them over Barcelona and table an acceptable bid before Barcelona bid an acceptable amount for Lewandowski. However, if Bayern truly does want to retain Lewandowski and the club drags its’ feet on any more Barcelona bids, PSG might just have enough time to convince Lewandowski to join Mbappe, Messi, Neymar and Co. at the French capital. In the wild world of today’s transfers, anything is possible.

Daily Schmankerl: AS Roma in hot pursuit of Bayern Munich’s Marcel Sabitzer; Filip Kostic to Juventus?; Bayern eyeing Benfica’s Goncalo Ramos; Renato Sanches to spurn AC Milan for PSG?; Southampton really wants Chris Richards; and MORE!

Roma seeking Sabitzer (Football Italia)
It looks like AS Roma is considering presenting a proposal to Bayern Munich for midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, whose career seems to be in limbo in Bavaria:

Roma have reportedly made the first approach for Bayern Munich midfielder Marcel Sabitzer. According to Tuttomercatoweb, Jose Mourinho has always been a fan of the Austria international and had also put his name on the wish-list when he first took the Giallorossi job last summer.

The 28-year-old has 64 senior caps for Austria, scoring 12 goals, and is under contract with Bayern Munich until June 2025. He was only purchased last year from RB Leipzig at a cost of €15m and Bayern reportedly want the same figure if they are to part with Sabitzer already.

In his debut season with the Bundesliga champions, he contributed one goal and one assist in 32 competitive games. Roma are revamping their midfield, already in advanced negotiations with Sassuolo for the return of Davide Frattesi, who was a product of the Giallorossi youth academy.

It just seems as if no one at Bayern Munich really has a plan for what to do with Sabitzer — and worse, maybe some of the higher-ups do not want him at the club any longer. With numerous reports indicating the club would like to sell him, nary a denial has been found. That is certainly something that Sabitzer has taken note of when assessing his options for next season.

Daily Schmankerl: Thomas Tuchel wants Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski at Chelsea; Romelu Lukaku heading back to Inter Milan?; How FC Barcelona missed on Darwin Nunez; Ousmane Dembele eyeing Barca exit; and MORE!

Tuchel pushing Chelsea for Lewy move? (ESPN)
Chelsea FC boss Thomas Tuchel wants Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski at his club. With Romelu Lukaku eyeing a move back to Inter Milan, Chelsea could ramp up its pursuit of the Poland international:

Chelsea are seeking a striker of their own to reshape their attack. Chelsea held an interest in Erling Haaland but were unable to compete with Manchester City due to sanctions blocking transfers imposed by the U.K. government arising from former owner Roman Abramovich’s alleged ties with Russia president Vladimir Putin.

Tuchel has long been an admirer of Lewandowski, who has confirmed his intention to leave Bayern Munich, and believes he would thrive in the Premier League despite turning 34 in August. The Poland international has been heavily linked with a €40m move to Barcelona with reports in Spain this week suggesting he has verbally agreed a deal, but a lack of funds is holding things up.

Several rivals are looking to pounce on any uncertainty with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United among the clubs linked with Lewandowski. Sources told ESPN that Tuchel has encouraged Chelsea to enter the running if there is any chance a deal can be done.
Daily Schmankerl: Chelsea holding out hope for Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski; Real Madrid, Arsenal among clubs eyeing Corentin Tolisso; Liverpool urged to get Serge Gnabry; Tyler Adams to Leeds United?; and MORE!

Chelsea holding out hope for Lewy move (@cfbayern)
Chelsea FC knows the competitors in the landscape, but the club is still holding out hope that it can land Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski.

FC Barcelona seems to be Lewandowski’s first choice destination, while Paris Saint-Germain’s deep pockets could make the French club a lucrative stop on the Poland international’s career path.

Chelsea, however, wants to be a bigger player in the game for Lewandowski:

The word on the street is that Lewandowski’s wife Anna is not too keen on a move to England. Meanwhile, his ex-agent inferred that the striker does not want to go to the Premier League where he might not be as successful.

Does any of that matter? We might find out if FC Barcelona cannot put together an acceptable bid.

Marc Roca says Joshua Kimmich has been his ‘biggest supporter’ at Bayern Munich as he preps for Leeds United move

Marc Roca is getting ready to depart Bayern Munich for Leeds United in the Premier League this summer. The deal is worth €12 million plus add-ons and it will keep him at Leeds until 2026 after he spent two seasons at Bayern Munich after joining from Espanyol in October 2020.

Roca’s time at Bayern has not been covered in glory, but his fortunes have not at all been aided by the amount of injury setbacks he’s faced in Munich, not to mention having to adjust to a new manager in Julian Nagelsmann after Hansi Flick left to take the German national team job.

With such a packed midfield already at Bayern, Roca’s chances were few and far between despite his cavalier attitude to keep his head down and put in the work to try and earn his place in the team. Having to compete for minutes with Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Corentin Tolisso, Marcel Sabitzer, and Jamal Musiala is no easy task and the arrival of Ryan Gravenberch from AFC Ajax wouldn’t have made matters any better for the Spaniard.

Per a recent report from Leeds Live, Roca credits working alongside Kimmich at Bayern as one of the key factors that’s helped him be ready for his move to the Premier League. He referred to Bayern’s number 6 as his “biggest supporter.”

“There were a lot of players who helped me here. One of my biggest supporters is Joshua Kimmich. He’s playing at the same position as me, but he’s always there for me. When I came to Bayern, he took me aside and explained what was expected at this club and what I had to do,” Roca explained.

It’s no secret that Kimmich is slated to be the next bearer of the captain’s armband for both Bayern and Germany, and he would probably already be wearing it if it weren’t for the presence of both Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer in both setups. Touching base on that same sentiment, Roca commented on what a leader Kimmich is in Bayern’s squad and touted him as one of the best players in the world right now. “Joshua is a great leader in our team. For me he’s one of the best players in the world. I love the mentality of this club. Every player wants to win every game. Every player wants to improve on a daily basis. No player rests on success. Every day at FC Bayern is a challenge. It’s impressive to train alongside all these superstars,” he said.

Report: The #ArpTrain has left the station for Bayern Munich

According to a report from Bild (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia), Bayern Munich and Fiete Arp have reached an agreement to part ways, which will allow the young German to return to Holstein Kiel.

The Bavarians will buy out the remainder of Arp’s contract and in return will receive a hefty sell-on clause, which could become a good thing if the youngster can ever rediscover the talent and mindset that once made him a much-heralded prospect:

Bayern and Jann-Fiete Arp have reached an agreement to terminate the player’s contract. The striker was under contract until 2023 — and not 2024 as previously thought. Bayern will pay Arp a compensation fee of €3 million.

In return of terminating the contract and allowing Arp to move to Holstein Kiel on a free transfer, Bayern have secured a 35% sell-on clause for the striker.

Arp’s career with Bayern Munich started off great with a strong preseason in 2019, but was quickly derailed by injuries, illnesses, and eventually a bout with a loss of confidence. In one of the more sad cases of “What if?”, Arp seems to be a player who just experienced a bit of “too much, too soon” and got swallowed up by football.

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