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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.

Barcelona weigh up a second offer worth over €40 million for Lewandowski

Liverpool’s capture of Darwin Nunez earlier this week could prove to be vital in Barcelona’s pursuit of Robert Lewandowski.

The Uruguayan’s arrival at Anfield has been followed up by reports suggesting Bayern Munich’s imminent capture of Sadio Mane, which, in turn, could pave the way for the Bavarians to sanction the sale of Lewandowski.

Barcelona have been heavily involved in the pursuit of the Polish hitman this summer, but they were dealt with a myriad of financial roadblocks.

A fresh report from German publication Sport1 has offered a further update on Lewandowski’s transfer saga, and it is suggested Barcelona are increasingly confident of snapping up the experienced forward by next week.

Barcelona had initially tabled their opening offer of around €32 million with an additional €5 million in bonuses. But it was swiftly rejected by Bayern Munich, who are holding out for a higher fee for the services of their star striker.

Update: Bayern Munich’s Joshua Zirkzee not interested in back-up role

Update: 10:40PM EST — Zirkzee doesn’t want to be an apprentice any longer
According to Sport1, Bayern Munich striker Joshua Zirkzee does not view being a back-up as an attractive option for this upcoming season:

According to SPORT1 information, those responsible for Bayern around Salihamidzic want to give him another chance of probation in the preparation. How Nagelsmann plans with him is not yet known. (REPORT: Zirkzee still hoping for a breakthrough at Bayern)

Zirkzee himself is primarily concerned with his future planning about match practice, a role as a back-up is actually not in his interest – which makes a future with the top-class Munich team seem rather difficult to imagine.

Possible buyers for the 21-year-old are VfB Stuttgart (in the event that Sasa Kalajdzic leaves) and Ajax Amsterdam (in the event that Sébastien Haller leaves). The only thing that is clear so far is that there will be no quick decision in the Zirkzee cause.

VfB Stuttgart have expressed their interest in signing Bayern Munich’s Joshua Zirkzee. It won’t be a simple process though. The Dutch striker won’t leave easily since he needs to wait on the conclusion of others in that same position. Basically, his future depends on what will happen with Lewandowski this summer, as well as if Bayern signs another player in his position.

The Dutch striker just spent a season on loan with RSC Anderlecht and had a successful stint scoring 15 goals and eight assists in the league. The 21-year-old talent is valued at just over 10 million euros and would be a great sale for the Bavarians if they can get the right price. Zirkzee hasn’t developed the way they anticipated but could still be worth a few bucks.

A sale is probably best for both parties, but of course, Lewandowski’s future is what the entire deal would rely upon. It’s still hard to predict what might happen there. Clearly, Zirkzee’s season on loan has done good for the Dutch striker.

Is Joshua Kimmich turning into Anakin Skywalker at Bayern Munich?

According to a report form Sport Bild, Joshua Kimmich is growing more powerful at Bayern Munich — perhaps, so much that he could be worrying some observers about how he is attaining this newfound strength…


Let’s take a look at how Kimmich’s relationship with Darth Sidious…err, Julian Nagelsmann is starting to turn the midfielder into something more powerful than he ever imagined (as captured by @iMiaSanMia):

Joshua Kimmich is set to have more power within the team and at the club and become an even more important player on and off the pitch in the coming season. Kimmich and Nagelsmann are in regular contact even during the summer break.

— Okay, so the Anakin-Palpatine/Sidious vibes are kind of there.

Nagelsmann believes that Kimmich is a top level player but is still working with him to improve some points such as winning the ball back, counter-pressing and combination passing in the final third.

— Hmmm…so Nagelsmann is planning on showing Kimmich how to get even more out of his natural abilities, you say?

Next season, Kimmich will be a focal point and lead the team. Nagelsmann exchanges with Kimmich about his plans, which the player appreciates as he wants to have a coach with a plan and ideas. Kimmich was internally critical of previous coaches Kovac and Ancelotti.

— Kimmich wants more? And he wants a leader who can not only take his needs into consideration, but who is also more driven to succeed than those options presented to him previously?

Within the team, it is said that Kimmich’s contact with Nagelsmann is even closer than the two captains — Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller

— Obi-Wan Müller and Qui-Gon Neuer are failing their young Padawan, aren’t they?

Well, that’s it…I am convinced that Kimmich is following the same path as Anakin Skywalker.

Seriously, though, Kimmich is positioning himself to lead the next generation. He truly was “The Chosen One” by the Bayern Munich board and is the keystone figure of club that will link the previous generation with the next group of stars.

So, what will his reaction be if Robert Lewandowski leaves this summer? I think we all have an idea…
Sadio Mane told why he can’t perform Liverpool U-turn and must join Bayern Munich by current boss

Sadio Mane will “feel the best” at Bayern Munich and has been told why he must push to leave Liverpool this summer by Senegal boss, Aliou Cisse.

The Reds ace, 30, has reportedly made it known he is seeking a new challenge this summer. Mane has been everything Liverpool fans could’ve hoped for and more. Indeed, if his Anfield tenure does conclude at the six-year mark, he has already cemented his place as a modern-day Liverpool great.

The Reds appear to have moved swiftly to sign a suitable replacement in the forward line.

A move for Benfica’s Darwin Nunez is in its final stages. The Uruguayan underwent his medical today (Monday) and Benfica have already confirmed the move in an official statement.

Nunez’s arrival will soften the blow of losing Mane. The Reds reportedly want £42.5m for his signature, though primary contender Bayern Munich have tried Liverpool’s patience with their opening offers.

Indeed, they have seen two bids rejected with the second totalling just £30m. What reportedly angered the Reds was the fact around £9m of the value was related to scarcely attainable add-ons.

Regardless, Bayern are poised to table a third bid and Mane’s boss at international level, Aliou Cisse, has implored his star man to leave Merseyside as soon as possible.

His reasoning stems from his desire for Senegal to have a strong showing at the Qatar World Cup.

The showpiece event will kick off in November and is already less than six months away. Cisse explained why Mane will thrive in Munich and urged him to wrap up an exit for the benefit of his World Cup ambitions.

“He will feel the best at Bayern”
“It’s not just Sadio,” said Cisse (via the Sun). “I’m going to talk about it for all those players who are in a situation where they have to find a club. It’s complicated.

“Why? Because it is all this problem that awaits us for the World Cup which is in November.

“And I tell my boys to try to settle the contract problems so that when their respective championships resume, they will have already found a base. I heard about Sadio at Bayern.

Man City’s Pep Guardiola thinks Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski would be a good fit at FC Barcelona

Robert Lewandowski has made it clear he no longer wants to play for Bayern Munich. There is no questioning it. Barcelona, however, currently isn’t in a position where they’d be able to afford signing him, as they would need to sell players to make that a possibility. Selling players for enough money to get Lewandowski isn’t guaranteed, though, and they face a race against time as we enter the summer transfer window.

Semantics regarding an actual transfer to Barcelona aside, current Manchester City and former Bayern manager Pep Guardiola recently said that he feels the Polish striker would be a good fit at the Catalan club. “I have no idea, to be honest, but would he be a good fit? We are talking about Lewandowski,” Guardiola said at a press conference for the Puma Legends Tournament in Mallorca, Spain when he was asked about Bayern’s number 9 (Marca).

Barcelona recently signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal and Ferran Torres from Manchester City. They also have both Memphis Depay and Ansu Fati in their ranks in attack, but Lewandowski is the type of striker they are looking for despite already having depth up front. None of those players will be particularly thrilled at the prospect of losing minutes to Lewandowski’s potential arrival at the club, either.

There would also be a huge shift in playing styles for Lewandowski if and when he winds up going to Barcelona, whether it’s this summer or next. The Bundesliga is an entirely different league than La Liga, but it’s recently come out that Lewandowski had been critical of Bayern’s playing style under Julian Nagelsmann, for which the new manager was not too pleased. Despite this, Guardiola said that he feels the striker would be a good fit at Barcelona under Xavi. “He would adapt perfectly well anywhere. But I don’t know if Barcelona can sign him because of their financial situation or if Bayern [Munich] will let him leave,” he explained.
Is Bayern Munich’s Hasan Salihamidzic eyeing multiple options for the attack?

In an interview with Bild am Sonntag (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic implied that the club could be looking at several options for the team’s attack for the 2022/23 season.

As of now, Bayern Munich has mostly been linked to Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and VfB Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdzic, but there have also been other names on the outskirts of the rumor including Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski and Victor Osimhen, Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku, Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, and VfB Stuttgart’s Borna Sosa (who could be considered an attacking option as a wing or wing-back) among others.

“We’re working on several options in attack,” Salihamidzic said.

With the respective statuses of both Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry at least somewhat in doubt, it would not be inconceivable for the club to have to add two or three more attacking players should one or both of those players move on.
Bayern Munich poised to sell-off two goalkeepers

Bayern Munich is set to sell both Christian Früchtl and Ron-Thorben Hoffmann. The pair of young goalkeepers were each thought to have a strong chance of making it at the club, but now look like they will have to go elsewhere to hope for a breakthrough:

Per Bild, Früchtl is on his way to Austria Wien:

BILD learned from Austria: goalkeeper talent Christian Früchtl (22) is about to move to Austria Vienna and should be presented there on Monday. Früchtl is sold and is supposed to sign for three years. But Bayern has a buyback option according to BILD information! Johannes Schenk (19), another talent, is available as number 3 for the record champions!

Meanwhile, Hoffmann is reportedly headed to Eintracht Braunschweig (Bild):

Braunschweig grabs Bayern goalkeeper talent Ron-Thorben Hoffmann (23)! According to BILD information, the deal should be completed by the start of training next Monday. Around 300,000 euros should flow for the goalkeeper, who would have a professional contract in Munich until June 30, 2023. In Braunschweig, a contract is under discussion until at least 2024.

The second division climber had been looking for strong competition for regular keeper Jasmin Fejzic (36) for a long time. Hoffmann wants to be the new number 1.

The goalkeeper told BILD: “I want to establish myself as a regular goalkeeper in the second division next season. My big goal is to get promoted to the first Bundesliga, even if there are only nine goalkeepers from Germany playing there at the moment and they already have a lot of experience with an average of almost 30 years. I will work hard for it.”

Bayern Munich star Kimmich open to transfer abroad as midfielder reveals he thought about leaving already

The versatile midfielder would be open to trying his luck outside Germany if he finally parts company with the reigning Bundesliga champions

Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Joshua Kimmich has admitted that he is tempted by the thought of playing outside of the Bundesliga.

Kimmich has grown into a key part of the Bayern set-up since moving to Bavaria as a youngster from RB Leipzig.

But while he seems in no hurry to leave Die Roten, he would consider a challenge away from Germany in the future.

Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain emerge as Plan B options for Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski

According to Sport Bild reporters Christian Falk and Tobi Altschäffl, Chelsea FC and Paris Saint-Germain have emerged as potential options for Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski should his attempted transfer to FC Barcelona fall through.

Tz captured the report, which indicates that the only hold-up from such a move could be Lewandowski’s wife, Anna:

As the Bild podcast Bayern Insider shows, Lewandowski has alternatives up his sleeve. Two top European clubs are said to be interested in the 33-year-old Pole: Paris St. Germain and Chelsea FC. As reported in the podcast, the latter could fail because of his wife Lewandowska. She was reluctant to move to the British capital.

Both Chelsea and PSG, however have certain issues that might not entice Lewandowski to join aside of a potentially undesirable location for his family. Chelsea just underwent an ownership change and is in the middle of what looks to be a squad upheaval, while PSG is already littered with high-maintenance stars, one of whom (Lionel Messi), Lewandowski did some pseudo-verbal sparring with last season.

Despite this report, it still looks like “Barca or bust” for Lewandowski.
Bayern Munich transfer news: Latest on Ryan Gravenberch, Robert Lewandowski, Sadio Mane, other reports in summer window 2022

Bayern Munich are facing a summer that could define the club’s long-term future.

With talismanic striker Robert Lewandowski pushing to leave the German side, the pressure is on to replace the prolific Polish international and shore up other weaknesses. Serge Gnabry is thought to possibly be leaving as well, and if both depart, it will mean significant turnover up front for the reigning Bundesliga champs.

Bayern struggled this season in the back, and the defensive unit appears just as much in transition as the attack. Niklas Sule is leaving the club on a free transfer for rivals Borussia Dortmund, and Dayot Upamecano has struggled to recapture his best form since joining Bayern. That leaves the club in need of a new central defender, and depending on evaluations of Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard, an additional defender could be required as well.

There are plenty of talented players on the open market this summer, and Bayern will look to throw around its might as the Bavarian giants hope to challenge for a Champions League title next season after this past year’s disappointing quarterfinal exit.
Borussia Dortmund ahead of Bayern Munich in race for Sasa Kalajdzic

Bayern Munich’s indecisiveness and leisurely pace of pursuing Sasa Kalajdzic could end up costing their transfer plans. In their bid to go all in on Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Bayern have provided ample ground for Borussia Dortmund to turn the Austrian striker’s head towards their project. With the promise of regular playtime and more clarity, BVB might have done just enough to seal this transfer(Bild via @iMiaSanMia).
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Bayern, BVB battling over Sosa (Bild via @iMiaSanMia)
According to Bild, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are still duking it out for VfB Stuttgart left-back Borna Sosa:

FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund are interested in Stuttgart left-back Borna Sosa (24). The Croatian can leave VfB this summer for €25m

Bayern Munich’s rumored interest in Sosa is very curious. I can only think of a few reasons why the Bavarians would want to spend money on another left-back, when Alphonso Davies is entrenched as the starter:

Bayern Munich is going to let Davies return to his natural position — wing. Julian Nagelsmann is reportedly toying with the idea of using a back-four, which could allow Davies to return to both play wing and provide depth at left-back when needed.
Bayern Munich wants a ridiculous amount of depth at left-back/left wing-back because they are worried about Davies’ physical state following his bout with myocarditis last season.
Bayern Munich is worried about Davies’ drop off in form over the past 18 months.
Bayern Munich might be getting out ahead of find a replacement because they know Davies might want to leave in 2024 (a year ahead of his contract ending). To me, it just feels like Davies will go to the Premier League next.
Those are completely speculative and just guesses. I don’t know that I believe that the Bavarians are really interested in Sosa, though it is known that Nagelsmann wanted him last winter.

Some elements of this rumor that are believable, but the presence of Davies would seem to make an acquisition of Sosa a bit redundant.
Bayern Munich using Sadio Mane transfer as potential leverage for Serge Gnabry

Despite having their opening two bids for Sadio Mane rejected by Liverpool, Bayern Munich still expect to eventually land the Senegal international this summer. It’s understood that Mane only wants to leave Liverpool for Bayern and that the only thing standing in the way at this point is the transfer fee, which representatives from the two clubs are working on negotiating.

While he’s not exactly a like for like replacement for Robert Lewandowski, who’s clearly expressed his desire to leave Bayern this summer, Mane can be used both centrally or wide in Bayern’s attack, just as he’s done for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. This versatility is a big part of the reason why Julian Nagelsmann has pushed for a Mane transfer. He’s been a big fan of his ever since his managerial tenures at both TSG Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, during both of which he wound up facing Liverpool in European competition.

Per a recent report from SportBild (via @iMiaSanMia on Twitter), it is also understood that Bayern is using the Mane transfer as leverage for Serge Gnabry. His current contract at the club is set to expire next summer, but he has turned down Bayern’s most recent offer, where he would’ve earn just under 20 million euros per year. There’s growing concern over his future given that he’s rejected such a lucrative offer from Bayern’s front office and there are potential suitors.

At this point, it remains entirely unclear whether or not Gnabry will renew his contract, or wind up leaving. However, by bringing Mane to the club, Bayern feel that it might put the onus on Gnabry to make a definitive decision. With the amount of attacking players Julian Nagelsmann has at his disposal with Leroy Sane, Kingsley Coman, Jamal Musiala, Thomas Muller and (presumably Mane), Gnabry’s starting position and minutes could be in jeopardy. From Bayern’s standpoint, this could lead to him agreeing to be sold this summer, when the club could actually turn a profit for him instead of potentially letting him go on a free transfer next summer assuming he refuses to sign a new deal prior to that point.
Report: Bayern Munich signing of Ryan Gravenberch on the verge of completion

Bayern Munich has been having quite the tumultuous postseason at the moment. With the summer transfer window wide open and the potential exits of some superstars looming (including the squad’s best player, a certain Robert Lewandowski), one can say that this hasn’t been the sweetest of times. Add to that the uncertainty over the Serge Gnabry situation, and we seem to have ourselves some big concerns.

That being said, the Bayern bosses seem to continue working behind the scenes to complete some big transfers. Having already signed Noussair Mazraoui from Ajax, who would be a welcome addition to the team given the lack of a top offensive right back, Brazzo and Co. seem to be closing in on another talent from Ajax to bolster the midfield — 19-year-old Ryan Gravenberch. The rumours have been making the rounds for quite a while now, and it seems like both the club and Gravenberch’s party have completed negotiations, with the player expected to sign with the club come Saturday.

According to Philipp Kessler and Manuel bonke (as quoted by @iMiaSanMia), the player is set to sign with the club for a period of five years.

Given that the phenom is just 20 years old and already Ajax’s starting box-to-box midfielder, the sky seems to be the limit for him from a development perspective. Ajax employs a similar formation to Bayern’s, and since Gravenberch can play both as a #6 and an #8, his versatility and attacking impetus, coupled with his imposing defensive presence will be a huge asset for Bayern moving forward.

The biggest challenge however, would be managing the minutes of the midfield roster, with Kimmich and Goretzka almost guaranteed roles when fit and in form. Marcel Sabitzer also looks slated for a better season, with the player being an absolute unit for Austria in the international break and expressing his desire to do better for Bayern and contribute more in the upcoming season.
Nagelsmann is going to have his hands full with balancing the midfield minutes, but there is always the possibility of Sabitzer and Gravenberch forming an unlikely duo to contest the Kimmetzka pivot (I can dream!), or even displacing Goretzka from the first team when the player slacks, or is inevitably injured (the man seems to get injured for at least a few months every season).

Anyways, here’s to hoping that the player can contribute to a lot of huge successes at Bayern, and develops to become a world beater. It won’t hurt to have a Seedorf 2.0 in our ranks.
Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich makes contact with Tottenham Hotspur for Harry Kane; Bayern, Chelsea eyeing Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling; Konrad Laimer’s release clause in doubt; Lyon, Arsenal vie for Corentin Tolisso; and MORE!

Bayern makes contact to Spurs on Kane (@AlfredoPedulla)
According to journalist Alfredo Pedulla, Bayern Munich has made contact with Tottenham Hotspur for — you guessed it — Harry Kane.

Could the Bavarians be working on replacing Robert Lewandowski with the second best striker in the world? I know, I know…but humor me and read the tweet:

I don’t think there is any way Bayern Munich can get Kane, but it was interesting that they made the call, eh? The report goes on to say that Kane is considered “untouchable”, but as they say, everybody has a price.
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Reus is hurt again (@DFB_Team_EN)
Around these parts, we are used to Bayern Munich players getting hurt, but for Germany, Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus has found himself at the trainer’s table once again.

After missing the first two matches of this round UEFA Nations League games due to an illness, Reus now has a strain, which will keep him out of action against Hungary:

This is normally the space to make the joke, “a tradition like any other,” but Reus has surely been snake-bitten in his career. The 33-year-old has always been a fantastic talent, but seems to always be battling some type of injury.

Report: Liverpool “insulted” by Bayern Munich’s offer for Sadio Mane (Update: New bid + Asking price dropped?)

Whenever Bayern Munich negotiate for a player from the Premier League, the clubs involved seem to take it personally. Manchester City threw a fit in the media when the Bavarians made an approach for Leroy Sane, and now it looks like Liverpool will do the same for Sadio Mane (hey, that rhymed!).

In what was totally not a coordinated leak, leading Liverpool journalists like James Pearce and David Maddock have come out and said that the Reds find Bayern Munich’s offer of €30m + €4.5m in add-ons “laughable” and will not negotiate for anything less than €46.6m (around £40m).

It seems that the add-ons offered by Bayern included clauses for Sadio Mane winning the Ballon d’Or, plus Bayern securing a hat-trick of Bundesliga and European titles, in order to take effect. For that to be considered insulting, it looks like the Reds were hoping for another Coutinho situation, where Barcelona paid them €5m for each time the Brazilian sneezed. Well, not all FCBs are created equal. Now, Liverpool will apparently play hardball and hold out for their original valuation.

Honestly, the tone of these reports is so juvenile that they seem to be written by someone on the Liverpool board itself — someone who feels personally aggrieved by Bayern’s negotiating strategy. The only difference between this and the salty Twitter stan accounts is the fact that these reports came from the club itself. The notion of Liverpool as an institution fuming like a teenager over €30m seems difficult to comprehend, but here we are.

Daily Schmankerl: The aftermath of Germany vs. England; Real Madrid’s interest in Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry is in doubt; Bayern, Manchester United still vying for Denzel Dumfries?; Liverpool, Man City battling over midfielder; and MORE!

Die Folgen: Germany’s 1-1 draw with England (Bavarian Football Works)
Germany and England battled to a 1-1 draw, but it was a rollicking, fun match for fans to follow. While some could argue Germany was robbed of three points, England was able to draw and convert a late penalty to give the game its final score.

Regardless, Germany is headed in the right direction and that is what counts most at this stage. Here are some quick hitters:

Hansi Flick made some significant changes with his lineup in using Kai Havertz, Lukas Klostermann, David Raum, Jamal Musiala, Nico Schlotterbeck, Ilkay Gundogan, and Jonas Hofmann.

Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer goes to bat for Brazzo

Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic has been a popular target for some of the club’s fans of late.

While Salihamidzic has made some astute moves, he has also over seen a few flops — much like any sporting director. It might be Salihamidzic’s communication with players and strategic planning for the squad, however, that is causing fans the most angst.

Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer is still backing the job that Salihamidzic has done, however.

“Hasan (Salihamidzic) is doing a very good job overall. All titles we’ve won, the sextuple in 2020 — he won them too. He put the team together. What impresses me is his heart and passion for FC Bayern. We shouldn’t forget that we extended with the important players: Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich, Kingsley Coman, Jamal Musiala, Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer. That was his work. And he also put in a new concept for our campus a few years ago,” Hainer told Bild am Sonntag (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “It’s our goal to promote more players from our own academy in order to counter a bit this transfer madness. With (Jamal) Musiala, (Josip) Stanisic, (Paul) Wanner, (Gabriel) Vidovic we have young players again in the first team where they developed very well. That’s also a merit for Hasan.”

This is a key summer transfer window for Salihamidzic and with a few key moves at least somewhat in motion, the sporting director’s decisions will not doubt have a huge impact on the ultimate outcome for the 2022/23 season.

Liverpool reject Bayern Munich offer for Sadio Mane

Bayern Munich have reportedly been rebuffed in their attempts to sign Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane this summer.

According to The Times journalist Paul Joyce, Bayern Munich have made the first move in their pursuit of Sadio Mane. They have made an opening bid of around £21 million, with an additional £4 million if the Bavarians once again win the UEFA Champions League.

Liverpool, though, have been swift to reject the proposal. The Premier League giants are holding out for much higher terms even though the winger’s current contract at Anfield expires at the end of the season.

Mane, for his part, has been quite vocal about his future lately. He has given out several hints of his desire to leave Anfield, thus putting an end to his successful spell at Liverpool that saw him score 120 goals, along with 40 assists in 269 competitive appearances.

Aside from offering productivity, Mane has helped Liverpool secure the Premier League and the Champions League title. But having largely played under the shadow of a certain Mohamed Salah, the Senegalese international now intends to build his own legacy elsewhere.

Report: Robert Lewandowski might hold out at Bayern Munich during the preseason

Bayern Munich might have to learn to cope without Robert Lewandowski much sooner than expected. While nothing has been determined as of yet, it seems that Lewandowski plans to pressure the club both privately and publicly. Bayern, already nicknamed “FC Hollywood”, obviously does not want any problems that newspapers can publicize.

Per SPORT1, Lewandowski has told Bayern that he has does not intend to return for preseason training. This might force Bayern’s hand in terms of selling him because, although Bayern can hold him to his contract, the Bavarians will not want an unhappy Lewandowski to join training; they will not want any issues bringing down morale ahead of next session.

According to SPORT1, Barcelona has told the Polish striker that they want to sign him; there is an agreement over a three year deal which is of course contingent upon the Catalans digging themselves out of financial problems.

BFW opinion: Lewandowski has always been known as a player who has been a consummate professional; regardless of hurt emotions due to Bayern’s rumored but seemingly half-hearted pursuit of Erling Haaland, this is not the way to behave toward a club which has done everything to keep him, helped him in his pursuit to become the best player in the world and helped him acquire legendary status. Lewandowski has done plenty for Bayern Munich; he is working very hard to do away with his high standing at the club currently.

In our podcast from a couple of weeks ago, we actually did a detailed breakdown of how the board has allowed player relationships to deteriorate, leading to the departures of various key players time and time again. Listen to it below or at this link if you’re interested.

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Die Folgen: Germany’s 1-1 draw with Italy (Bavarian Football Works)

Led by its Bayern Munich contingent, Germany skulked out of Bologna with a 1-1 draw against Italy in a match that probably did not rev up the respective fan bases of either side.

Here are some quick hitters on the match:

I liked almost all of Hansi Flick’s line-up, but I’m not feeling Thilo Kehrer and Benjamin Henrichs as starters. Give me Hoffenheim’s David Raum and Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Jonas Hofmann in the starting XI...for now.
I do think, however, that Antonio Rüdiger and Niklas Süle were a very steady pairing at center-back. Rüdiger has really matured as a player and has developed into a leader on the backline. Earlier in his career, he was nowhere near as consistent or dependable, but he has proven himself.
I thought Germany did an excellent job of possessing the ball and created a decent amount of opportunities, but the quality of those chances was not exactly great. The weakest points within the attack were Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry. Sane still seems to be plagued by whatever funk infected him in the Rückrunde for Bayern Munich. Gnabry, as we know, can be great or just meh depending on the day.
I liked how Thomas Müller and Timo Werner played honestly. Ditto for Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka.

Currently out of the mix, Bayern Munich loanee Alexander Nübel yearns for place on German national team

Bayern Munich loanee Alexander Nübel had a terrific season on loan with AS Monaco, but the 25-year-old has his sights set on a spot with the German national team.

“It is every kid’s dream to one day play for the national team. It’s something very different from everyday life in the club. It’s therefore part of my dreams to play for Germany, even if it’s not an obsession, because I’m very happy with Monaco,” said Nübel:(as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “Goalkeeping is a very special position in Germany. There are even specialized coaches for goalkeepers in club training centers. There is a wery good level of training. And it’s true that it has always been important for Germany to have very good goalkeepers.”

With another strong season at AS Monaco, Nübel could certainly push his way into consideration for the next World Cup cycle.

Nübel’s formative years were spent at Schalke 04, of course, and some players he observed or encountered while with Die Königsblauen had a big influence on him.

“In the past, I always liked Jens Lehmann, who played like me at Schalke and then (he played) at Dortmund and Arsenal. And then when I arrived in Gelsenkirchen at 18, there was Ralf Fährmann in goal. He is a very good goalkeeper, who helped me a lot learn and progress,” said Nübel. “He inspired me a lot, with his style and his way of training on a daily basis. Oliver Kahn? I was still a little small to remember him, and I must say that I was above all a big fan of Jens Lehmann.”

When thinking about how to go “full Frankenstein” and create the ultimate goalkeeper, Nübel had an idea of what might work best.

“For kicking, I think the best is Marc-André ter Stegen. For the reading of the game, Manuel Neuer is obviously the strongest, coming off his line as he does. There is also Thibaut Courtois who is very good in front of his goal,” Nübel remarked.


Italy vs Germany: Lineups, team news, Hansi Flick’s best possible XI, and more!

Have you missed Hansi Flick? Well worry not, friends, because Germany are set to face Italy in their opening game of the UEFA Nations League tomorrow. A large contingent of Bayern Munich stars will be on display as the Germans begin their preparation for this year’s World Cup in Qatar. Per his press conference, Flick wants to field a full-strength team versus Italy. What would that entail? Let’s find out.

Team news
It’s hard to know who exactly is out/in for Germany tomorrow, since Hansi Flick didn’t really mention any injuries. Here is what the callups look like for this round:

Based on that, we can start formulating some kind of lineup. Thomas Muller and Kai Havertz should be locked-in at the top of the lineup, with any two of Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry, and Timo Werner making up the rest of the attack. Based on his known preferences, Flick will probably choose Werner over Sane for this one, but it’s hard to be sure since there isn’t much evidence to go on.

In midfield, assuming the lineup will be a standard 4-2-3-1, Flick will almost certainly start Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka together as part of a standard dual pivot. Kimmich and Goretzka are already familiar with their coach’s tactics from his time in charge of Bayern Munich, so their presence should help the Germans control the game against the likes of Jorginho and Barella. Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan is the only other serious option for the starting XI, with the rest of the squad relegated to a substitute role at best.

In defense, things get a little interesting. David Raum is the only true left-back on the squad, so he’s basically guaranteed to start, but the other positions are not so obvious. Any two of Niklas Sule, Nico Schlotterbeck, and Antonio Rudiger could start in the center-back spots, while right-back could be a three-way competition between Thilo Kehrer, Lukas Klostermann, and Benjamin Henrichs. Based on Flick’s track record, let’s assume a Raum-Rudiger-Sule-Kehrer back line.

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Ronaldo not an option for Bayern (Christian Falk via @iMiaSanMia)
Bayern Munich’s offseason has already been absolutely wild, but the rumors that broke last weekend linking the Rekordmeister to Manchester United mega-star Cristiano Ronaldo seemed to push things to an apex of craziness.

Alas, however, the fervor that built up around the Ronaldo news was likely all for naught. In fact, Sport Bild’s Christian Falk is reporting that Ronaldo is not in Bayern Munich’s plans — even if Robert Lewandowski exits this summer:

If you want to next level conspiracy theory, you could read into that wording and say to yourself, “Okay, that just denies that it is Ronaldo, but it could be another Mendes client, right?”

Uh, I guess, so, who else does Mendes represent? Let’s take a look at the most notable players (per

Ruben Dias
Bernardo Silva
Joao Cancelo
Diogo Jota
Ruben Neves
Andre Silva
Renato Sanches
Adama Traore
Nelson Semedo
Angel Di Maria
James Rodriguez
In the past, Bayern Munich has been linked to Joao Cancelo and Andre Silva, but moves for either player seem very unlikely at this point.

I am not on #TeamCristiano here, so it’s no big loss for me. For those of you who wanted him, drop why you felt that way in the comments.
Lothar Matthäus questions why so many players are eager to leave Bayern Munich

Bayern Munich is on the verge of potentially losing Robert Lewandowski this summer — just a year after losing veterans David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez. They’ll also be losing Niklas Sule to Borussia Dortmund this summer and Serge Gnabry’s future at the club is still uncertain at this point in time. The club’s front office has emphasized the fact that it is still, in fact, financially recovering from losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has greatly affected contract negotiations at the club. Growing wage demands from players and their representatives has not combined well with Bayern trying to be conservative with their finances.

While Bayern is actively pursuing a potentially replacement for Lewandowski, there is still growing concern as to why players want to leave the club in the first place. For Lewandowski, the desire to experience something new is understandable after such a long tenure at Bayern, but Barcelona don’t even have the proper funds to be able to afford him, and what’s the big allure? After all, it was long ago that he said his “dream club” was Real Madrid.

In a recent column for Sky Germany (via Sport Bild), Lothar Matthäus was critical of the fact that it seems like Bayern is struggling to keep ahold of their star players. He questioned why it seems like so many players lately want to leave the club. “It’s a shame and noticeable that more and more players want to leave FC Bayern. It wasn’t like that before. I think there are many different reasons for this. This development certainly does not cast a good light on this club. Some players don’t feel and didn’t feel comfortable with the best German club anymore,” he wrote in the column.

While Matthäus’ overall sentiment is clear, he does, specifically, have some sympathy for Lewandowski and his situation. He strongly feels that the club should’ve acted far sooner than they did for him. “I can understand him! The statements are a clear sign that Robert is very disappointed and does not feel valued. In this case, appreciation doesn’t just mean money for me. If you perform like Robert and you know that the club is still interested in [Erling] Haaland, it’s difficult to accept,” he said.

FC Bayern München v Borussia Dortmund – Bundesliga
Photo by Stefan Matzke – sampics/Corbis via Getty Images
“FC Bayern has every right to take a look around. But it is also Lewandowski’s right to express himself in this way. I would have taken care of Robert much earlier. Because I think he can still play at the top level for two to three years. If I were Lewy, I wouldn’t be interested if what I read from Pini Zahavi about the negotiations and the alleged ‘offer’ is true,” he continued.
Corentin Tolisso got tired of waiting for an offer from Bayern Munich

It had been widely speculated that Corentin Tolisso was going to leave Bayern Munich for months. After an injury-riddled tenure at the club, Tolisso will now move on — but it was not necessarily a clean break.

On Sunday, kicker reported that Bayern Munich would be willing to give Tolisso a performance-based contract and that the Rekordmeister would not “abandon” the French midfielder. Just hours later, however, Bayern Munich formally announced Tolisso would be leaving the club.

If the initial story was true, how did things change so quickly?

According to Bild (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), Tolisso was not been amenable to a performance-based deal and instead, “demanded” a salary of at least at least €11 million, which the club soundly rejected. For what it is worth, Bild did corroborate kicker’s report regarding the incentive-laden contract proposal.

“We agreed with the club that I would not receive flowers before the last game like (Niklas) Süle, because I didn’t know the club’s decision yet. I haven’t heard from them for three weeks. I told my agent to call them and the decision was made,” Tolisso told L’Equipe.

Okay, that does ties thing together a bit, so what is Tolisso’s next move?

Tolisso also detailed what his approach to free agency will be.

“I want to go to a club to play a major role and keep winning trophies. England, with the intensity, I would like it but I don’t want to rule out any league. I know what I’m capable of. I know how much the change of air will do me good,” Tolisso said. “Today, I still want to play in the Champions League and win it again. I want to make the best decision for me and my family.”

While he still has great potential, his injury history is even greater. Tolisso will undoubtedly help some team, but will he be available enough to truly make an impact consistently?

Tolisso will be looking to shake the stigma that he is injury-prone as he told L’Equipe.

“I entered a cycle that always repeated itself: I came back, scored, got injured, came back. That affected me mentally and physically. I felt like I needed a new challenge to get out of that cycle. I’m a competitor. Sitting on the bench at Bayern is not satisfactory,” Tolisso said. “I joined Bayern as a young player. In my position, I played with guys like James (Rodriguez), (Artuto) Vidal, Javi Martinez, Thiago (Alcantara), (Joshua) Kimmich. Kimmich for example, the way he thinks, his vision, it’s exceptional. Seeing his desire to win every day is a lesson.”

Bayern Munich still looking to sign RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer

Konrad Laimer played under Julian Nagelsmann at RB Leipzig, where he has exceled as a central and defensive midfielder. The 25-year-old is currently valued at €26 million, and had another great season at Leipzig this past year. With Ryan Gravenberch also incoming, Bayern would have a tightly contested midfield next season.

Konrad Laimer is a great player, no debate, but it seems like another midfielder signing could be unsettling for Bayern’s current midfield. This also poses questions about Jamal Musiala’s playtime in the future. He has been deployed in both the midfield and on the wing, but Bayern are still shopping for both positions. Jamal Musiala won’t be happy playing on the bench forever.

Bayern Munich are still looking to add names to their roster next season. It looks like Bayern Munich will announce the signing of Ryan Gravenberch in the coming days after reportedly completing his medical on May 31st. Julian Nagelsmann looks eager to bring in one of his own, Konrad Laimer.

Barcelona ‘seriously considering’ Bosman move for Bayern Munich midfielder

Having enjoyed a lot of success by placing their faith in youth recently, Barcelona are focusing their transfer strategy on continuing to invest in young talents with potential heading into the summer.

The Blaugrana have already secured the signings of Pablo Torre from Racing Santander and Emre Demir from Kayserispor, while they continue to remain on the lookout for more youth prospects that can be brought in and groomed at the club.

According to German publication SPORT1, Barcelona are plotting a raid on German champions Bayern Munich for the signing of 16-year-old midfield prodigy Kenan Yildiz.

The youngster has been with Die Roten since 2012 when he joined their academy from the Regensburg youth setup. He has enjoyed a steady progression through the ranks at the Bavarian outfit.

Despite being just 16 years of age, Yildiz has already earned promotion to the Bayern Munich Under-19 setup. In the season gone by, he featured in 20 matches across all youth teams and competitions, contributing with six goals and eight assists in the process.
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Bayern vs. Inter for Lukaku — kill me now (@giaco_iaco)
According to Italian journalist Giacomo Iacobellis, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan will square off for Chelsea FC striker Romelu Lukaku.

Nothing against Lukaku, but with an uncertain future at Bayern Munich, the Belgian would be one of the last players I would be looking to build around. He went to a Champions League winner and made them worse.

Raheem Sterling: Man City forward attracting interest from Bayern Munich and La Liga

Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling is attracting interest from Bayern Munich and leading clubs in Spain amid uncertainty over his future.

Sterling, 27, won his fourth Premier League title with City this season.

But he started the final-day win over Aston Villa on the bench, in addition to both legs of the Champions League semi-final defeat by Real Madrid.

With just one year left on his contract, Sterling now has a major decision to make about his future.

City have already signed two forwards ahead of the new campaign, Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund and Argentine Julian Alvarez from River Plate, and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has stated the club expect to sign at least two more players this summer.

It is understood Sterling’s situation is likely to be addressed in the middle of June, once his international commitments with England in the Nations League are over.

Sterling has no interest in becoming a bit-part player and retains the desire to improve and play a meaningful role in winning more honours.

He also knows playing regularly is the best way of ensuring he retains his England place for November’s World Cup in Qatar.

City are likely to sell at least one forward player, with Brazilian Gabriel Jesus heavily linked with Arsenal in recent weeks.

Meanwhile, Poland striker Robert Lewandowski has said his “story is over” at Bayern Munich as the 33-year-old seeks a move from the German champions this summer.
Bayern Munich Alumni: Is Mario Götze planning a move away from PSV?

A former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich attacking midfielder could be on the move very soon. Mario Götze has enjoyed a fine spell at PSV Eindhoven, but if the rumors are true, the 2014 World Cup hero could be on his way out the door.

Sport Bild reports that Roger Schmidt after he became the new manager of Benfica, is interested in bringing him to Lisbon. Schmidt was the manager in PSV and he helped Mario revitalize his career.

Eindhoven is reportedly reluctant to let the player go, as they value him highly in the Netherlands. PSV’s technical director, John de Jong, explained that not a single player showed any desire to leave the Dutch club.

De Jong continued and sent a message to Schmidt: “I have not discussed this matter with Roger Schmidt, but if he wants, he can bring a bag with a lot of money! Then we will talk soon.”

It’s going to be an interesting transfer window for the 2014’s World Cup star, as we might see him change another club and try another league!
Update: Bayern Munich announces Corentin Tolisso’s departure; Frenchman responds

Just a day after kicker released a report stating that Bayern Munich was not going to “abandon” midfielder Corentin Tolisso, the club announced that the Frenchman would be leaving this summer.

With this news and the official announcement, it can be ascertained that Tolisso has found his next club and will be signing a new deal in the coming weeks:

Tolisso’s crazy potential was never really fulfilled at Bayern Munich due to an even crazier list of injuries and illnesses. Since joining the Rekordmeister, Tolisso has missed an astonishing 95 games and 545 days of field time per Transfermarkt. Once Bayern Munich’s record transfer of €41.5 million, Tolisso is worth just €15 million according to Transfermarkt.

Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn thanks Tolisso for his efforts at the club.

“For five years, Corentin Tolisso was part of our team that made history with, among other things, the sextuple-winning season in 2020. We thank him for his efforts, his commitment and the passion that has always distinguished him and wish him all the best for the future,” said Kahn (as captured by

Sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic wished Tolisso luck in his future endeavors.

“We would like to thank Corentin Tolisso for five successful years together. He never let himself be knocked off course even in difficult phases and always gave everything for the club. We wish him every success in his future career,” Salihamidzic said.

As for where Tolisso could end up, the midfielder has been linked to clubs in Italy, Spain, and England in recent weeks.

Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich, Manchester City emerging as primary suitors for FC Barcelona’s Frenkie de Jong; Chelsea urged to get Robert Lewandowski; Bayern eyeing Napoli star; Who ya got in the Champions League final?; and MORE!

According to Sky journalist Florian Plettenberg, if Bayern Munich really does want FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, the Dutchman is available.

De Jong has been linked to Bayern Munich, Manchester City, and Manchester United in recent months and it appears that all three clubs could be legitimately interested in the 25-year-old:

According to Barca Universal, the Catalans would only sell De Jong if Lewandowski or Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva were part of a package:

As uncertainty continues to loom over the future of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, Mundo Deportivo has come up with a fresh report which provides a clear picture of 0the club’s stance on the Dutchman’s situation. De Jong has been a mainstay in the center of the park for Barça ever since his arrival in 2019 and has no desire of leaving the club anytime soon. Manager Xavi Hernandez also rates the 25-year-old highly and wants to keep him at the club.

At the same time, however, the 42-year-old is aware that the club are not in the pinkest of health financially and selling a player of de Jong’s quality would help generate some valuable funds that can be reinvested into the roster in the summer window. There is no shortage of interest in de Jong either. Manchester United have been hot on his trail for months now, while Paris Saint-Germain are also being mentioned as an interested party. At the same time, Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also admirers of the midfielder.

And the Catalan giants believe that using de Jong could make it easier for them to get their hands on Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. The second target that Xavi and Barça have on their agenda for whom de Jong could be allowed to leave is Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva. The 27-year-old came close to leaving the Etihad last summer and will reassess his future again this summer despite enjoying a stunning season.

Moreover, The Express also detailed that FC Barcelona is, indeed, toying with the idea of swap deals involving Bayern Munich and Manchester City:

Barcelona are open to swap deals for Frenkie de Jong but not with Manchester United, according to reports. The Netherlands international is a top target for Erik ten Hag. However, he could end up leaving the Nou Camp for Manchester City or Bayern Munich instead.

Weekend Warm-up: Conflicting stories on Bayern Munich’s pursuit of Sasa Kalajdzic cause confusion; How would Sadio Mane fit at Bayern?; Throwing it back to Glasvegas; Stranger Things, Obi-Wan Kenobi previewed; and MORE!

What exactly is going on with Bayern Munich’s rumored pursuit of VfB Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic?

Depending on which German media outlet you believe, you could be massively pessimistic or optimistic — or even disappointed.

Whatever the case, it has been a long time since so many different stories have been circulating about the transfer saga of one player. Let’s take a look at the latest news and how it differs from outlet-to-outlet:


Per kicker, there are once again “considerable doubts” about Kalajdzic internally at Bayern Munich. While kicker does not go into detail as to what those doubts are, it appears that the impending return of Joshua Zirkzee could be a factor in the club potentially deciding to take a pass on Kalajdzic.

Sport Bild

The Sport Bild duo of Christian Falk and Tobi Altschäffl spoke about the Kalajdzic pursuit on their Bayern Insider podcast and indicated that Bayern Munich leads Borussia Dortmund in the race for the Austrian. As we know, talks have taken place between Kalajdzic and Bayern Munich — and more discussions are planned. According to these journalists, Kalajdzic can now envision a move to Bayern Munich even if Robert Lewandowski is not sold this summer.


Finally, Sport1’s Kerry Hau and PJ Berger have also chimed in. Per the Sport1 boys, Bayern Munich is viewing Kalajdzic as a back-up at striker — one who can bring a different, “change of pace” look to the pitch for Julian Nagelsmann. Kalajdzic is being viewed as a player to bring an element of physical play to Bayern Munich.

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Gravenberch nearing deal (Gianluca DiMarzio)
The deal between Bayern Munich and Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch is getting closer per Italian journalist Gianluca DiMarzio:

After the official arrival of Mazraoui on a free transfer, Bayern Munich decides to fish once again from Ajax during this summer market. Ryan Gravenberch, in fact, a midfielder born in 2002, is very close with the German club.

Rafaela Pimenta, agent of the Dutch football player, is closing the deal to reach the signatures in a very short time, so the Bavarians will be able to enjoy another jewel of Ajax. In the coffers of the lancers will enter a figure of around 20 million fixed part plus bonuses.

According to Twitter account @FootballOranje_, the details on DiMarzio’s report seem to line up:

Breaking: Bayern Munich announces signing of Ajax right-back Noussair Mazraoui

Bayern Munich have signed right-back Noussair Mazraoui from Ajax.

The Morocco international joins Bayern on a free transfer after his contract expires in July. He signed a four-year deal, keeping him at the club until 2026.

“I had a good feeling right from the first talks with FC Bayern and I’m delighted to be moving to one of the biggest clubs in Europe. FC Bayern has just become German champions for the tenth time in a row and will also be among the contenders to win the Champions League again next year. I chose this club because I can win the biggest titles here,” Mazraoui said to

Mazraoui was courted by many clubs, notably Barcelona, after his rise to stardom. He was reportedly close to joining the Catalans, but a direct conversation with Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann apparently changed his mind. Bayern thus succeeded in bolstering the right back position, a position which has not been fully satisfactory since the legendary Philipp Lahm hung up his boots.

So far, Mazraoui has played four seasons for Ajax, winning three Dutch league titles and two Dutch cups, while also being a key member of the side that reached the Champions League semifinals in 2019.

The 24-year-old will mainly be played on the right side of defense, but he can also play as a left-back or a midfielder. How he will be deployed in what sort of formation remains to be seen. He could be a classic right-back playing in a back four, or a more advanced wing-back in a back three.

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Report: Marc Roca open to leaving Bayern Munich this summer
It might be time for the Spanish midfielder to move on to a club where he can play more regularly.

In total, Marc Roca only made 13 appearances across all competitions for Bayern Munich this season, the majority of which were as a substitute off the bench. Ironically enough, he had the exact same number of appearances last season under Hansi Flick, and both he and Julian Nagelsmann have spoken highly of Roca despite not playing him very often. Both managers have verbally expressed continued faith in the midfielder and like most of what he brings to the table, but Roca is perhaps a bit of a victim of being one of several midfielders in Bayern’s squad. It’s an area of the pitch they have a lot of depth in, making it much harder for Roca to find minutes.

Per a new report from kicker, it is suggested that Roca would be open to making a transfer away from Bayern this summer. At this current juncture, there’s yet to have been any clubs to show interest in acquiring Roca’s services, but it’s still early days in terms of approaching this summer’s transfer window. Per the report, Bayern would not, in any way, stand in the way of Roca moving on to another club. They realize the situation he’s in and would respect his wish to go somewhere to get more regular minutes and starts.

Additionally, Roca wants to find a permanent solution; he does not want to be loaned out to another club, similar to the request of goalkeeper Alexander Nubel when his loan spell at AS Monaco expires. He would much prefer an interested club buy him on a full-term contract so that he wouldn’t have to return to Bayern after one or two seasons and figure out his future from that point.

The expected arrival of Ryan Gravenberch from AFC Ajax also probably makes Roca’s desire to leave even more pronounced. The Dutchman will be yet another midfielder added to Bayern’s depth chart, which would make Roca’s fight for minutes that much more difficult. Not to mention, Nagelsmann also showed a preference of playing Jamal Musiala in a deeper-lying midfield role at times this season instead of as a winger or number ten, where he’s arguably more effective.

Conflicting reports: Bayern Munich allegedly has interest in AS Monaco’s Guillermo Maripan

According to a report from Tz journalists Mano Bonke and Philipp Kessler (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), Bayern Munich is in “advanced talks” with AS Monaco center-back Guillermo Maripan.

Maripan could be the vocal presence that Julian Nagelsmann desires for his backline as the multi-lingual Chilean speaks Spanish, English, and French. Given the lack of Germans on Bayern Munich’s defense these days, Maripan not speaking German might not be as big of an issue as it once was.

Regardless, Maripan’s current contract runs through the 2023/24 season, so AS Monaco has some bargaining power here. Maripan is valued at €15 million by Transfermarkt and could be the type of leader that Bayern Munich is said to be looking for.

As for the validity of this rumor, Sky Sport’s Florian Plettenberg checked in with his own sources and, well, let’s just say that the response did not align with the Tz report:

The Prodigal Son Returns: Fiete Arp is headed back to Bayern Munich

The once promising career of Bayern Munich loanee Fiete Arp went severely off the rails after an absolutely disastrous 2019/20 season where the prospect was hampered by both illnesses and injuries.

That set the tone for two more off-kilter campaigns, including 2021/22, which he spent on loan with Holstein Kiel.

When he moved to Bayern Munich from Hamburger SV back in 2019, there were lofty expectations for the youngster — and they intensified after he had a terrific preseason. Upon being sent to Bayern Munich II to get more playing time, though, Arp fell into a malaise about the perceived demotion and never really recovered as injuries and illnesses further complicated his situation.

The 2020/21 campaign saw Arp continue to battle himself and his form leading to this season’s loan assignment:

Losing Robert Lewandowski and missing out on Erling Haaland could prove disastrous for Bayern Munich

The Rekordmeister’s mega-star, Robert Lewandowski, wants to leave the club this summer, and the only available player who could somewhat adequately fill his boots, Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland, has confirmed a move to Manchester City.

Coming out of this transfer window without either player would be a massive blunder and the question of whether it could have been prevented will be debated for years to come. How did we get here? Who is at fault? Let’s take a look.



Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Hasan Salihamidzic have differing accounts of club’s alleged proposal

If there was not enough drama circulating around Bayern Munich these days, star striker Robert Lewandowski and sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic are now embroiled in a good, old fashioned he said, he said per Bild.

In a nutshell, Lewandowski said he did not receive an offer, while Salihamidzic says that Lewandowski rejected the club’s proposal.

Who’s telling the truth? Who’s fibbing? This is modern day FC Hollywood at its finest.

The reality of Lewandowski wanting to leave this summer, however, is the hitting home and now Pini Zahavi is reportedly turning up the pressure on Bayern Munich to sell his client this summer per Sport1:

According to SPORT1 information, Lewandowski agent Zahavi has already reached an oral agreement with Barca. There is a three-year contract for the 33-year-old striker in the room.

Should Bayern signal a willingness to negotiate, the Catalans would be able to act immediately and would also make an official offer.

So now it’s up to Bayern. After eight years with countless titles, can they really deny the deserved goal scorer his wish?

One more year with Lewandowski would be advantageous for the club, but it is now crystal clear that he wants to leave as soon as possible.

Knowing that single detail, Bayern Munich will have to reevaluate its hard line stance that the Poland international will be fulfilling his contract in Bavaria next season.

Hasan Salihamidzic reflects on Bayern Munich’s shortcomings this season, looks forward to the transfer market

Despite clinching a tenth straight Bundesliga title, many fans would argue that this wasn’t a great season for Bayern Munich. The exits from both the DFB-Pokal and Champions League, mostly because of the nature in with Bayern was knocked out of both, were disappointing to say the least, overriding the joy of being able to lift the Meisterschale.

There was always going to be a sort of transition with a new manager in Julian Nagelsmann coming in from RB Leipzig, but after such a promising hinrunde, things really seemed to unravel in the ruckrunde. Granted, Nagelsmann was not at all aided by the coronavirus outbreak at the club at the start of the ruckrunde as well as the club being hampered injuries at the time, but even when most of the squad was back fit, they had bad slip-ups.

In a recent interview with Sport1, sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic even struggled to pinpoint just what, exactly, was responsible for Bayern’s dip in form towards the beginning of the ruckrunde. “That’s a good question,” he said when he was asked why Bayern faltered when they did. “We were very good in the first half of the season, came back from vacation and then had to cope with a few losses. We had a bad mood, the atmosphere wasn’t good and we didn’t really get into the pace. We didn’t manage to flip the switch and that stayed with us in the second half of the season,” he continued.

In the Champions League, there were no excuses for not getting past Villarreal. Unai Emery’s side were the better team over the course of the two legs despite Bayern’s dominance in the second leg at the Allianz Arena. Bayern didn’t do enough to get through on aggregate. Brazzo, consistent with the overall mood at the club going into the tie, was surprised they didn’t have what it took to get past the La Liga outfit. “When we got everyone back on board I was confident that we could do it against Villarreal but didn’t manage to put in a top performance – especially in the first leg. Of course that hurts. That wasn’t what we wanted, that wasn’t good. But we’re hungry and that’s what sets this team apart. I spoke to the coach a lot and we love these guys. You have to learn to love them and we did,” he explained.

As the summer transfer window quickly approaches, there has been a lot of noise as to what Bayern’s squad will look like in the near future. Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Kingsley Coman, and Thomas Muller have all signed contract extensions, while Manuel Neuer is soon expected to follow suit. Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry, and even Coretin Tolisso all have uncertain futures at the club but Bayern is bringing in both Ryan Gravenberch and Noussair Mazraoui from AFC Ajax.

Looking forward, Brazzo said he knows there are areas for improvement, which will be much needed with next season’s bizarre schedule due to the 2022 World Cup taking place in the winter in Qatar. “We have a very good core in the team, but we have to see how we can strengthen the squad across the board. You shouldn’t forget that next season we’ll be playing very often in a three-day rhythm because of the World Cup. That’s going to be very challenging. We have very high expectations of ourselves, but we have to see to what extent we can implement them,” he stressed.

The Bundesliga has a collective tendency to not be able to attract the same kind of stars as the top clubs in both the Premier League and La Liga. The finances of said leagues, coped with a lack of reluctance to debt spend, only continue to metastasize the financial gaps that keep growing between the Bundesliga and Europe’s other top leagues that have more lucrative funds. Because of this, as Brazzo alluded to, the Bundesliga has to work twice as hard to attract the big names. “It’s a good question how to make it more attractive. We have to work on keeping attractive names in the league and that doesn’t just apply to Bayern. But we know that it is not easy in these times,” Brazzo explained.

Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann comments on Robert Lewandowski’s transfer situation

Several new reports regarding Robert Lewandowski’s transfer claim that the striker has decided to not extend his contract with Bayern Munich and is expecting a move to FC Barcelona at the end of the season. According to Bild, the German champions are starting to consider selling the Pole before he becomes a free agent – they do not want to keep him at Bayern if he really wants to leave.

Julian Nagelsmann attended the final pre-match press conference of the season expecting at least a few questions about the Lewandowski situation, all of which he successfully dodged.

“I am not the right man to answer this question. It is always an exchange between Brazzo, Oliver Kahn and me. I’m not more important than them,” said Nagelsmann when asked about the player’s future at the club.

The boss confirmed that Lewandowski will be in the starting XI against Wolfsburg on Saturday while keeping away from addressing the recent transfer reports. He said, “He has trained very well in the past few days and will start tomorrow. My opinion regarding Lewy is known, his contract situation is known. The rest is the club’s business. You can ask the player or Hasan.”

He also clarified that there is no truth to the reports of Lewandowski being disgruntled by the system.

“He hasn’t complained. He said it was mistranslated. Statistically, he received two crosses fewer than last season. He has the most shots on goal with 150 attempts in the Bundesliga, 50 shots more than the second place,” Nagelsmann said.

As of now, there are no conflicting reports within the German media, and all the recent reports hint at a summer move for Lewandowski.

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I do not like like to speak (or write) in absolutes, but if Robert Lewandowski is truly leaving Bayern Munich — and the club has known that he wanted to leave for months — then it was absolutely insane to not do whatever it takes to get Erling Haaland.

Huge contract? Okay.
A game day dedicated to Norwegian heritage? Done.
An appearance in Alphonso Davies’ next video? Let’s do it.

That, however, did not happen.

Losing Lewandowski would be devastating on every level, but not having an adequate replacement could be even more harmful to the future of the club.

As much as Bayern Munich’s internal “30+ Rule” on player contracts might help in some cases, there is always an outlier. With Lewandowski — and not having a suitable or capable replacement available — maybe the standard could have been relaxed a bit.

It is tough to not sound like I am at least overplaying exactly everything that Lewandowski does a little bit and why he is so important, but his role on the squad is irreplaceable. The only available striker on Earth who could conceivably even come close is Haaland.

With the Norwegian almost officially off the table and the Pole looking to leave, the acumen of both sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic and manager Julian Nagelsmann is going to be greatly tested.

Can Brazzo find a fit to at least somewhat lessen the damage? Can Nagelsmann scheme his way to making Lewandowski’s departure less painful?

All of that remains to be seen, but nothing will come easy — or cheap.

Corentin Tolisso might want to stay at Bayern Munich, but would have to lower his salary demands

According to a report from Tz journalists Philipp Kessler and Mano Bonke, Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso might actually prefer to stay with the club, but the Bavarians are balking at offering the player a contract extension due to his lengthy injury history.

Per Tz, Tolisso and his family are happy and comfortable in Bavaria, but Bayern Munich is very reluctant to commit another contract to Tolisso, especially when the player wants a high salary.

Therein lies the rub.

It would seem that Bayern Munich might be willing to entertain the notion of extending Tolisso’s contract if the Frenchman would make concessions with his salary. However, this particular contract probably represents Tolisso’s best chance to get a big contract for his career. With his talent, some club will take a gamble on paying Tolisso — and hoping he can stay relatively healthy.

It remains to be seen what other suitors officially emerge for Tolisso, but Liverpool FC, Inter Milan, Chelsea FC, Real Madrid, Sevilla, and Fenerbahce.
Update: Agent for Marcel Sabitzer confirms he will stay with Bayern Munich for 2022/23

Update — 11:05AM EST
According to Roger Wittmann, agent for Bayern Munich midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, the player intends to stay at Bayern Munich next season. In fact, that was the impetus for Wittmann’s meeting with the Bayern Munich brass this morning.

“Of course it was about Marcel. We want a new start at FC Bayern and that has also been decided. He’s staying, he wants to really put his foot down in preseason and show that he can do better. Marcel has made it clear that he is not satisfied with his performances this season, but several factors also played a role. For Marcel, it was the worst year in his career. But Bayern also had a very difficult season,” Wittmann told Bild (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “That makes the integration for a new player not easy. Everyone who knows Marcel knows how ambitious he is. He came as a leader from Leipzig and is now, of course, unhappy about the whole situation.”

One of the season’s big disappointments for Bayern Munich was how poorly former RB Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer integrated into the squad.

Sabitzer seemed to struggle with accepting a role as a back-up and never really got on track during his first season with Bayern Munich, despite his previous experience in playing for manager Julian Nagelsmann.

There have been recently been whispers that Sabitzer wanted to move on and today’s events will certainly add some fuel to that fire as the player’s agent, Roger Wittmann, was at Bayern Munich’s campus to hold talks with the club.

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Die Folgen: Bayern’s 2-2 draw with Stuttgart (Bavarian Football Works)
Bayern Munich and VfB Stuttgart fought to a 2-2 draw for a point that the visitors badly needed. The Bavarians, meanwhile, continued their late season string of iffy performances. Here are some quick hitters on the match:

The presentation to Niklas Süle was tough. It still feels like this was a totally preventable exit that will hurt the team. Anyone who thinks otherwise is fooling themselves.
Dayot Upamecano and Tanguy Nianzou would go on to show that a bit in this one.
Off topic for the match, but the Alps and Oktoberfest kits did not get enough run this season. We needed to see much more of them.
The new jerseys are okay. I don’t have a really strong feeling one way or the other yet.
Borna Sosa is a nice player and he always impresses. Serge Gnabry gave him some trouble at times, but Sosa is good. If Bayern Munich did not have Alphonso Davies slotted to man that left wing-back slot for next season, I’d probably be pushing hard for the Bavarians to get Sosa.
Bayern Munich had a lot of good looks early, but was not all that opportunistic.
Nianzou is sloppy and not ready for prime time. While I still think a loan would benefit him greatly, it appears that Bayern Munich is going to keep him on the roster for next season. Buying another center-back will be key given the roller coaster form of Upamecano and Nianzou’s unsteady play.
VfB Stuttgart’s first goal by Tiago Tomas was simply a product of Die Schwaben taking advantage of Bayern Munich’s lackadaisical backline.
Bayern Munich should have had two goals in the first 13 minutes. Thomas Müller and Leon Goretzka each should have had one.
Serge Gnabry put forth a nice effort on the team’s first goal.
Müller’s turn on his goal was exquisite. What a move!
Saša Kalajdžic’s goal was a direct product of an Upamecano gaffe.
This performance for Bayern Munich was not quite uninspired, they just were not sharp as a team.
The post game celebration was pretty cool and the moment between Süle and the ultras was awesome.
Overall, this just seemed like another match where it meant more to the opposition and where the opponents just wanted it more. In some ways, it doesn’t matter, but it is still a bit disconcerting. Bayern Munich will certainly be a good team next season, but there are some reasons for concern. How the front office and coaching staff deal with addressing the squad’s weaknesses will be key.
Mannschaft Planen: Heir to the number nine at Bayern Munich

Well then. Here we are. One of the greatest players in the history of FC Bayern Munich is set to leave the club by 2023. Why am I so sure? Well, it’s obvious. The Bayern Munich board will simply not give Robert Lewandowski a pay-rise in any capacity. Meanwhile Lewandowski — or rather, his agent Pini Zahavi — is pushing for a pay-rise that would make him the most well-paid player in the history of the Bundesliga by a country mile, a figure in the ball-park of €600k/week. I see no future in which Lewandowski extends his contract in Munich, unless it involves the sacking of Zahavi, which is about as likely as Tommy Adams wearing a half-and-half scarf at a Manchester derby. For the purposes of this article, I will be assuming that the Bayern board hasn’t gone completely off the deep end and have at least managed to retain the services of Serge Gnabry on a new contract even without Lewandowski.

For those who need a refresher, the Mannschaft Planen series goes over holes — or potential holes — in the squad and looks at potential players who could fill that hole. The series does not look at rumours and specifically avoids players who have already been linked to the club (do not expect Sébastien Haller, Darwin Núñez, or the like here).

Alright, let’s dig into this one now. Just like the Gnabry replacement article, as there is still a chance these deals may never need to happen, likelihood will not be a factor that is taken into account.

How is no one talking about Martin Terrier?

The guy is cracked. One of the most exciting players in Europe this season regardless of position or age. Every time he gets the ball you can smell the blood in the water. He scores from every half-chance he can snatch, with his insane shooting being the key factor. He has the instincts, aerial ability and hold-up play of a striker but he is just as capable of spectacular long shots and linking up play across sides with smart lay-offs and diagonal runs. A truly unique player who would be perfectly comfortable in all three of our attacking positions. He has an astonishing 21 goals in 34 appearances in the league, and this is from an extremely efficient 2.3 shots per game, a truly efficient scorer. At 25 he still has many years to go, and will likely reach his prime alongside players like Gnabry, Leroy Sané and Kingsley Coman making for a formidable offensive unit.

Finances may not pose a major issue. While he is valued at €16m by Transfermarkt, his contract runs until 2025 and Rennes would not let a player in such form go for anything less than €20m. I’d say the price lies around €20-25m, but the wage package need not be anything extravagant or even above average in this squad.

Likelihood: –
Player Quality: 9/10
Potential Price: 8/10
TOTAL: 17/20 (85%)

Bayern Munich vs Stuttgart: Lineups, team news, rotation is dead and Magath killed it, and more!

It’s time for the victory lap! With Bayern Munich set to play their final home game of the season, the Meisterschale will officially be presented to the team this Sunday.

The result of this game against Stuttgart is basically meaningless at this point, but Julian Nagelsmann doesn’t want a repeat of the limp performance we saw against Mainz. His solution? Play ALL the first teamers.

Team news
Bouna Sarr is the only Bayern player guaranteed to be out for this game, which doesn’t matter because Lothar Matthaus and Felix Magath have somehow bullied Nagelsmann into thinking that he NEEDS to show a reaction for the 3-1 loss to Mainz. Most Bayern fans would probably prefer to see some youngsters get a shot, but us plebs don’t get to have our opinions amplified by the German media.

So, the lineup. Don’t expect anything complicated. We should see Robert Lewandowski and Thomas Muller up top, flanked by Kingsley Coman and either one of Serge Gnabry or Leroy Sane. Based on recent form, Gnabry is ahead of Sane at the moment, so let’s assume he’ll be the one to start. Musiala? Never heard of him. Let’s move on.

The midfield is interesting because it’s going to be absolutely unchanged from one we saw in the last game. And the game before that. And the one before that. And so on. The last time Bayern Munich started a midfield pairing that WASN’T Kimmich-Goretzka was all the way back in the 1st leg vs Villarreal, a game most folks will want to forget.

Don’t get me wrong, Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka are great players, but they have ZERO competition on this squad which is clearly a selection headache for the coach. Hopefully if the Ryan Gravenberch deal goes through, he can challenge the two incumbents for a starting spot next season.

In defense, Julian Nagelsmann at least confirmed that Niklas Sule will not play anymore given his impending move to Borussia Dortmund. Expect Dayot Upamecano to take his place in the backline, forming a back four consisting of Alphonso Davies, Lucas Hernandez, Upamecano, and Benjamin Pavard. Manuel Neuer will be between the sticks, supplied with a handy copy of “How to speak French”.

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Barca fretting over Lewandowski (AS)
AS journalist Javi Miguel captured a bit of “Fear and Loathing in La Liga”, as FC Barcelona is coming to grips with the fact that it will not be getting Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski this summer:

“Right now only a conjunction of stars would bring Lewandowski to Barcelona”. This is how graphic and emphatic they are when talking about the status of the signing of the Polish striker. The main obstacle is Bayern Munich, who are willing to lose money and let the player leave for free next season, rather than let him leave this summer. From Barcelona it is assumed that this intransigence of the Bavarian entity is being an almost insurmountable obstacle, since all interlocutors who have been contacted within the German club maintain the same unequivocal mantra: “Robert Lewandowski is not for sale”.

While Bayern Munich has made its intentions quite clear, Barca just will not give up hope just yet:

In any case, neither Barça nor the player have said the last word yet. The Blaugrana club, which hopes to soon activate one of the economic levers that would alleviate the treasury, would be willing to raise its offer to 40 million euros, while the international has already made it clear to Bayern that he will not renew and wants to leave this summer. So right now the ball is in Bayern’s court. Although knowing the idiosyncrasy and pride of the Bavarian leaders, it seems very difficult to give their arm to twist.

Given how strong Bayern Munich has been on this topic, it remains extremely that even a large financial offer will make the Bavarians budge.

A financial gap still remains between Bayern Munich and Ajax on Ryan Gravenberch

During an appearance on Christian Falk’s Bayern Insider podcast, Dutch journalist Mike Verweij gave an update on where things stand between Bayern Munich and Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch.

“Bayern are still not willing to pay what Ajax are demanding. Bayern offered €17 million plus €6 million in add-ons, while Ajax want €30 million. I think if Bayern improve their offer a little bit, an agreement will be reached,” said Verweij (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia). “A personal agreement with Gravenberch will not be a problem. The player very much wants to play in the Bundesliga. I think in the end, Gravenberch will end up joining FC Bayern.”

For those hoping to see Gravenberch in Bavaria, that should serve as good news. It will definitely be interesting to fans to see just how far the Bavarians will go to bring in Gravenberch. The midfielder does not figure to be a starter in Munich any time soon, so spending a chunk of the team’s transfer budget on a non-starter could be considered curious.

Thomas Müller extends Bayern Munich contract through to 2024

Thomas Müller is aiming to continue his “fantastic success story” with Bayern Munich after signing a contract extension with the Bundesliga champions through to 2024.

The 32-year-old joined the club aged 10 and has made over 600 competitive appearances since making his first-team debut in 2008.

“I’m delighted to have extended my contact with FC Bayern Munich until 2024 today. The journey we’ve been on since I joined the FCB academy in 2000 has been a fantastic success story up to now,” said the Germany international forward, who has just picked up an unprecedented 11th Bundesliga winner’s medal, on the club’s official website.

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Could Haaland stay at BVB one more year to succeed Lewy in 2023? (Bavarian Football Works)
This a pipedream…but here me out: I have long said that I believe that Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland wants to play for Bayern Munich.

I might be alone in feeling that way, but it is just a (probably wrong) hunch.

With the news breaking that Bayern Munich will keep Robert Lewandowski for next season, event though he wants to leave, we can start to at least look at the possibility that RL9 Era in Bavaria could be coming to an end.

Given that situation potentially having an end date in sight and the recent passing of his agent Mino Raiola, it might (this is admittedly a stretch) be a possibility that Haaland takes one more year to get healthy, let his situation settle, and then go to the club that he really wants to join…Bayern Munich.

Could it happen? Sure.

Will it happen? Probably not (there is an awful lot of money at stake for Haaland).

If by some chance things do go down this way…you can just refer to me as the Oracle (or at least “not as dumb as we all originally thought.”)


Report: Bayern Munich will not be letting Robert Lewandowski leave this summer
Report: Robert Lewandowski wants to move on from Bayern Munich
United tried to swoop in on Adeyemi? (@berger_pj)
Manchester United reportedly tried to get Red Bull Salzburg star and Germany international Karim Adeyemi to change his mind and head to the Premier League:
Bayern Munich Alumni: Catching up with Venezia’s Michael Cuisance

At one point, Michael Cuisance was one of the most promising, young midfielders in the Bundesliga.

After moving from Borussia Mönchengladbach to Bayern Munich, the Frenchman suffered one misstep after another — and each issue was usually self-induced.

Skilled, talented, and emotionally volatile, Cuisance never got going in Bavaria and now appears to scuffling his way through Serie A with Venezia.

In an interview with Sport1, Venezia sporting director Alex Mentatalked through his team’s collapse into a relegation battle and the disappointing performance from Cuisance.

“The first half of the season went almost perfectly for us, but the second half of the season is a real disappointment,” menta said. “We no longer reach the performance limit, but we also have extreme bad luck in the crucial moments. A lot is possible in football. We still have five final games to go thanks to a catch-up game, three of them against teams from the bottom half of the table.”

As for Cuisance, it has been an adjustment.

“We expect more from him, but also from all the other players,” says Menta. “You also have to understand that he has never been in such an uncomfortable situation in his career. Add to that the new country, the new language, and the new culture. He also has to get used to the style of play, it’s a completely different world for him.”

Menta did not that Cuisance has been “very good” with his attitude and behavior.

“All I’ve heard and read about him is nothing to see here. I can’t say a bad word about his attitude, really. He’s also a father now, has a child, something like that makes you mature,” Menta said.

The sporting director did acknowledge that Cuisance was frustrated with the club’s standing in the table.

“If you as a journalist, write ten articles a day and none of them are well received, you wouldn’t be happy either. It’s the same with Michael. He works very hard in training but the results are disappointing. But we also can’t expect a player to come here and have ten goals and ten assists after ten games,” Menta said.

If Venezia is relegated, is Menta worried that Cuisance will leave?

“We haven’t talked about that yet,” says Menta. “Basically, the contracts of all our players are still valid if they are relegated to Serie B. But, of course, we will sit down with the players, including Michael, after the season and discuss what we are doing.”

Cuisance has not registered a goal, nor an assist for Venezia as of yet this season.

Report: Julian Nagelsmann wants to force a “generational shift” at Bayern Munich

It’s rare to get insight into the dressing room dynamics at Bayern Munich, so this is a treat. According to a report by Kerry Hau of Sport1, Julian Nagelsmann has started a generational shift away from the traditionally leaders in the Bayern dressing room. The player at the root of this change? Joshua Kimmich.

Per the report, Joshua Kimmich — and not Thomas Muller, Robert Lewandowski, or Manuel Neuer — is the coach’s first point of contact within the squad. The midfielder is Nagelsmann’s extended arm on the pitch, and the two appreciate each other’s input. He likes the fact that Kimmich pays attention to the team’s structure and wants to learn, even after playing under greats such as Jupp Heynckes, Pep Guardiola, and Joshua Kimmich.

Josh, for his part, likes the fact that Nagelsmann is always looking for new solutions to improve the team’s game. The switch from the established 4-2-3-1 to a hybrid system with three wingers was met with approval from the midfielder.

However, as we all know, the hybrid system was not very successful, and certain players (such as Robert Lewandowski) are said to have complained about the overloading of the final third with attackers. However, Nagelsmann reportedly has Kimmich’s blessing to implement more tactical innovations in the future.

This is, of course, good news for the coach. Kimmich is reportedly taking a major leadership role in the dressing room, encouraging exchanges with the French contingent and helping out the young players from the campus. He apparently took care of Paul Wanner and Gabriel Vidovic from the start and gave them tips. Reading the report, it seems that Kimmich is fully committed to making Bayern as successful as possible.

What about the coach, though? Nagelsmann clearly has a vision for his team, but has so far failed to make it a reality. As a young coach (only 34 years old), he is in a unique situation at Bayern, where the senior-most players (Neuer, Muller, and Lewandowski) are essentially his peers in terms of age and have far more experience at this level. Maybe, dismissing their concerns would not be the wisest move. It’s good that Julian Nagelsmann has a great working relationship with Kimmich, but extending an olive branch to the veterans couldn’t hurt.
Bayern Munich Alumni: Toni Kroos talks Thomas Müller, Bundesliga competitiveness, and more

Real Madrid midfielder Toni Kroos has watched Bayern Munich’s dominance of the Bundesliga from afar after leaving the club back in 2014 and thinks that part of the reason the Bavarians have done so well is because the other top clubs are too inconsistent.

“The competition has to become more consistent. Teams like Dortmund or Leipzig are definitely able to keep up in certain phases, but not in consistency. It’s not just about money,” Kroos said on the Einfach mal Luppen Podcast (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “Dortmund drop points against teams that have less money. In the last two or three years, Bayern has always offered opportunities, but nobody has taken advantage of it. So it doesn’t always just have something to do with Bayern.”

Kroos also thinks that Bayern Munich has earned each of its titles, mostly because of the mentality of players like Thomas Müller.

“Bayern have once again shown an outstanding performance, especially mentally. It’s no surprise they are the best team in Germany in terms of quality. But wanting it year after year and giving importance to the league title is something special,” Kroos said. “Thomas Müller, in particular, he won it 11 times. He could have said after the eighth, ninth or tenth title that it doesn’t matter if he doesn’t win it. But I have the feeling he’s enjoying defending the title year after year.”

As for how Bayern Munich looked in its first season under Julian Nagelsmann, Kroos said he thinks things are headed in the right direction.

“I believe the cooperation between Nagelsmann and FC Bayern will work better and better,” Kroos remarked.

Bild breaks down the latest: Robert Lewandowski wants to leave Bayern Munich, the club wants Romelu Lukaku, fans could hit beer early on a Friday

Bild’s Christian Falk and Heiko Niedderer tackled the ongoing Robert Lewandowski drama at Bayern Munich and captured what can be considered the latest news on Falk’s Bayern Insider podcast

If true, this would certainly be enough to drive many fans to hit the bottle early on a Friday.

“We’ve heard that Lewandowski definitely wants to leave, but Bayern don’t want to let him go. Barcelona are offering Lewandowski over €30 million gross per year, which is making Bayern nervous,” Falk said per @iMiaSanMia.

So, if Lewandowski leaves (still highly doubtful), who would Bayern Munich seek to replace him? According to the Bild duo, Chelsea FC striker (and potential outcast) Romelu Lukaku is the top choice.

Per Falk and Niedderer, Lukaku has been a subject of interest at the club since his days at Everton. The roadblock for Bayern Munich in procuring Lukaku is that Chelsea would probably like a big transfer fee for him and that Lukaku’s wages are ridiculous (€12 million net).

Benfica’s Darwin Nunez is another top selection, but is just too expensive (€75 million to €80 million).


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The four reasons Lewy wants to leave Bayern (The Express)
For anyone wondering why Robert Lewandowski might want to leave Bayern Munich, The Express was there to compile the top four reasons. The big debate here was to list them as The Express did — or do a David Letterman style rundown.

With only four, however, we just listed them as presented by the English outlet, especially because these have all been bandied about at one time or another:

The first, is that he feels Bayern haven’t made a big push to keep him.

Secondly, Lewandowski supposedly doesn’t feel ‘comfortable’ playing under Julian Nagelsmann.

Thirdly, Lewandowski knows Bayern are eyeing an ambitious deal for Erling Haaland.

The fourth reason the 33-year-old wants to depart is because of Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema. Benzema has been in unnerving form this term and Los Blancos have no intention of replacing their skipper. Lewandowski has taken note of Madrid’s stance and wants similar treatment as he enters the twilight years of his career.

As stated, we kind of knew a lot of this already, but it does seem as if Lewandowski has a few bones to pick with Bayern Munich. Surely, each reason has at least a modicum of merit, but it is unclear what issues are most important to the striker.

Lewandowski asks Bayern Munich for two-year contract and salary increase

Poland striker Robert Lewandowiski has made two demands for his contract renewal with Bayern Munich: A new two-year contract until 2025 and an increase to his current salary, which according to unofficial figures amounts to 24 million euros a year.

Bayern traditionally only give players over the age of 30 a one-year contract – the same is on the table for Manuel Neuer and Thomas Muller – but it appears that they would be willing to make an exception at this point.

On the other hand, his salary is a potentially more contentious area. Lewandowski, who is 33, is already Bayern’s highest paid player and a significant increase in his salary could have an impact on other players’ demands.

Bayern are in the habit of not overstepping certain limits in salary negotiations even if it means letting a player go, as was the case with David Alaba.

Lewandowski’s contract runs until the summer of 2023 and Bayern’s official position is that the player will remain at the club until the end of next season at least.
Lewandowski will reportedly ask to depart Bayern Munich

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