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).
Daily Schmankerl: The four reasons Robert Lewandowski is considering leaving Bayern Munich; Manchester United chasing Sebastien Haller?; Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic has options in Germany; Mo Salah leaving Liverpool?; and MORE!
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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Transfers. Bayern Munich say they will not sell Lewandowski
Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski will reportedly hand in a transfer request in his bid to part ways with the Bavarians in the summer.
The Poland international has just one year left in his contract and the two parties have yet to strike a deal on a potential renewal.
According to Bild, Lewandowski’s agent Pini Zahavi will meet with Bayern Munich in the next few hours, with the German newspaper suggesting that the meeting could even take place on Wednesday.
The two parties will discuss the player’s future, with Lewandowski willing to express an intention to leave the club in the summer.
It is believed that Zahavi will bring in an official offer, but Bayern Munich have no intention to allow their star to depart.
“Lewandowski leaving this summer is not an option,” Bayern Munich’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said last Sunday.
“He has a contract until 2023. We will have some talks soon and we will see how they develop and how to act later. We want him to stay.”
Salihamidzic also stressed that the club wouldn’t consider a potential 50 million euro offer from Barcelona.
Did Bayern Munich set a new record for most consecutive league titles?
Did Bayern Munich set a new record for most consecutive league titles?
Plus: balls and multiple hat-tricks; teams first meeting late in the season; and a goalkeeper being sent off in a shootout
Mail us your questions or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU
Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski lead the celebrations after Bayern secured their 10th Bundesliga title on the bounce.
Joshua Kimmich and Robert Lewandowski lead the celebrations after Bayern secured their 10th Bundesliga title on the bounce. Photograph: Matthias Hangst/Getty Images
Wed 27 Apr 2022 08.00 BST
“Bayern Munich have just won their 10th successive Bundesliga,” writes Maggie Phillips. “Is this a European or even a world record?”
Bayern’s 3-1 win over Borussia Dortmund on Saturday sealed their 10th consecutive German title. It was the first time that a team in one of Europe’s big leagues has won 10 in a row – the closest before that was Juventus, who won nine on the bounce before walking into Antonio Conte last season.
We think the world record belongs to Talea FC of the Oceanic island Vanuatu, who won the Port Vila Premier League for 15 consecutive seasons from 1994 to 2008-09. Amicale FC rose to the not inconsiderable challenge and won the title in each of the next six seasons, though Tafea FC eventually clambered back atop their perch in 2018-19.
Middlesbrough’s Fabrizio Ravanelli celebrates a goal against Villa in May 1997
Has any club ever played every game in every competition in a season?
The European record is shared by Skonto FC of Latvia and Lincoln Red Imps of Gibraltar. Both won 14 titles in a row, Skonto FC between 1991 and 2004 and Lincoln Red Imps from 2003 to 2016.
What happened next? Skonto’s coach Aleksandrs Starkovs, who was in charge for the last 12 of those 14 titles, left for Spartak Moscow and took Skonto’s aura with him. FK Ventspils won the league in each of the next three seasons, and though Skonto were champions again in 2010, the club went bankrupt and was dissolved in 2016. Lincoln Red Imps, meanwhile, finished a point behind Europa FC in a relentless 2016-17 title race. They dropped only nine points all season, and scored 100 goals in 27 games, but it wasn’t enough. They’ve won the title in four of the five subsequent seasons, though.
Plus: balls and multiple hat-tricks; teams first meeting late in the season; and a goalkeeper being sent off in a shootout
Mail us your questions or tweet @TheKnowledge_GU
Daily Schmankerl: Is FC Barcelona prepping to finance deal for Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski?; Bayern linked to another Ajax player; Brazzo laments losing Niklas Süle; Manchester United scoping Pau Torres; and MORE!
Barca’s finance deal could pave way for Lewy transfer (90min.com)
FC Barcelona could be engaging a private equity firm to organize the finances needed to acquire Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski:
Barcelona are believed to be close to securing a lucrative financial agreement with private equity firm CVC that will give the club the finances to pursue Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski. The Catalans had been eyeing an ambitious move for Borussia Dortmund talent Erling Haaland. But the figures involved in such a deal – potentially a €250m investment over the next five years – made it challenging for a club still recovering from near financial implosion.
With Haaland now increasingly expected to join Manchester City instead, Barça have repeatedly been linked with Lewandowski as an alternative. Soon to be 34, the Pole would be more affordable than Haaland because he only offers a more short-term solution, yet there is still the need for a financial boost to Barça’s revenue to make it within their reach.
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano chimed in and said that while there has not been any contact between Barca and the player just yet, a meeting between the parties could be in the works:
Bayern Munich and PSG interested in signing frustrated Barcelona midfielder
Barcelona could have growing concerns over the future of midfield mainstay, Frenkie de Jong, amid growing claims of the Dutchman’s frustrations.
De Jong, who has been at the club for almost three years now, has had his share of ups and downs at Camp Nou. After some early stutters this season, he had looked fairly well-settled in Xavi’s team and has grown into a key operator.
But, recent performances have not been up to the mark, with his display against Rayo Vallecano, in particular, drawing ire.
During the same game, de Jong was the first to be subbed off by the manager, to which he reacted poorly and headed straight to the locker room.
Now, journalist Santi Ovalle is claiming that the Netherlands international was unhappy with Xavi’s decision to take him off first. De Jong is believed to be frustrated as he does not understand why he is always the first player to be subbed off.
Daily Schmankerl: FC Barcelona’s offer to Bayern Munich and Robert Lewandowski is lacking; Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur, and Real Madrid want Serge Gnabry; Manchester United plotting Frenkie de Jong move; Leicester City wants Gleison Bremer; and MORE!
Barca’s paltry offer for — and to — Lewy (Daily Express)
FC Barcelona’s offer to Bayern Munich — and its salary proposal to Robert Lewandowski — are likely not enough to please anyone.
The Catalans are prepare to offer a grand total of just about €50 million for a transfer fee and salary. Considering Lewandowski is seeking a salary of €30 million, that offer likely won’t move anyone’s needle:
Barcelona want to spend a maximum of £42million on a transfer fee and wages for a new striker this summer amid interest in Robert Lewandowski, according to reports. The Poland international is being viewed as the ideal replacement for Lionel Messi, who departed for Paris Saint-Germain last year. And with the veteran yet to pen a new deal with Bayern Munich, a possible move to the Nou Camp is on the cards.
It’s previously been reported that Barcelona would want to spend a maximum fee of around £35m on the 33-year-old, who continues to deliver as he approaches the twilight years of his career. And Sport now say that, when wages are factored in, they’d want a maximum outlay of close to £42m overall.
Bayern Munich clinch Bundesliga, Liverpool add to Everton’s doom, Gabriel Jesus MVP: Weekend Review
The European weekend was again filled with adventure and excitement as two title races (German Bundesliga, French Ligue 1) ended with champions being crowned (Bayern Munich and Paris Saint-Germain, respectively), while the Premier League hotted up thanks to wins for Manchester City and Liverpool. Elsewhere, Real Betis clinched a historic Copa del Rey, Arsenal applied more pressure and misery on Manchester United’s plate and Gabriel Jesus had another brilliant game.
Here are Rob Dawson, Julien Laurens, Sam Marsden and Derek Rae with what you need to know from around Europe.
Go to: Talking points | Top goals | Troubled teams | Weekend MVP
Bayern Munich make it a remarkable 10 in a row
Having been in Munich to commentate on Bayern’s 10th successful title triumph for ESPN, it’s important to recognise the scale of their achievement.
Other clubs in other top leagues with similar resource advantages have tried and failed; not Bayern. The Allianz Arena was bouncing all evening during a 3-1 win over Dortmund that was by no means a cakewalk, either. For many in the 75,000-strong crowd, it was a return to “football as it’s meant to be” after months of crowd restrictions due to the coronavirus pandemic. The outpouring of joy was real and palpable, with beer showers galore on the pitch after the final whistle.
Bayern Munich’s interest in Ajax’s Gravenberch confirmed by Salihamidzic
The teenage midfielder has been tipped to swap Johan Cruyff ArenA for Allianz Arena in the summer transfer window
Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed the club’s interest in Ajax star Ryan Gravenberch.
Gravenberch burst onto the scene at Ajax as a 16-year-old, becoming the youngest player to appear in the Eredivisie when making his debut against PSV in September 2018.
The midfielder has since established himself as a key member of Erik ten Hag’s senior squad, attracting admirers from across Europe in the process, including Bayern.
Bayern Munich 3-1 Borussia Dortmund: Initial reactions and observations
Initial reactions and observations
BAYERN MUNICH ARE GERMAN CHAMPIONS! TEN IN A ROW, BABY!
Jamal Musiala scoring the winning goal for Bayern was the icing on the cake for this game. What a moment for the young man.
Dortmund put up a fight in the second half, but in the end it wasn’t enough. They need to rebuild now with the money they get from selling Haaland.
Full time: Bayern win 3-1!
84’ — GOAL! Musiala makes it 3-1! That’s the title!
83’ — Subs: Sabitzer and Sane on for Muller and Coman.
51’ — Goal. Emre Can converts his penalty. Ugh. 2-1 now.
45’ — Second half kicks off!
Halftime observations and analysis
Bayern Munich have been dominating this game pretty much since the 10th minute, Dortmund basically surrendered after Gnabry’s goal. Not a very competitive game so far.
The goal scored by Robert Lewandowski was almost a carbon copy of the one we saw against Villarreal — a winger wins the ball in midfield passing it to Muller, who lays it off to Lewandowski for a finish.
Serge Gnabry has been good this game — wish he would play like this more often.
Lothar Matthäus unhappy with Bayern Munich’s handling of Robert Lewandowski contract situation
Robert Lewandowski’s future still very much hangs in the balance. Bayern Munich still has not put in motion negotiations for a contract extension and there has been a lot of external noise linking him with a move to Barcelona this summer. At this point, with how much time has past for such an important player having his contract expire next summer, the tension is incredibly palpable around the club as the pressure on the front office to get a deal done mounts. Oliver Kahn, Hasan Salihamidzic, and Herbert Hainer remain confident that an agreement will be reached for a contract extension, but leaving it this close to the end of the season has been too close for comfort for the large majority of Bayern fans, Lothar Matthäus included.
“I would have extended Lewandowski’s contract much earlier. Lewandowski has twice become world footballer, and if you have the chance to tie such a player to you, then you should do everything for it,” Matthäus recently said of Lewandowski’s contract situation at Bayern (Abendzeitung). He has not shied away from making his opinions heard on the matter his sentiment is, without a doubt, one that is shared by anyone who knows just how important of a player the Polish international is for FC Bayern.
Bayern Munich & PSG can win their respective leagues this weekend
Bayern Munich and Paris St-Germain might have missed out on the Champions League for another season, but both could celebrate winning their respective leagues this weekend.
Over in Spain, Real Madrid can all but seal La Liga without kicking a ball while it is all still to play for in Italy.
BBC Sport looks at what could happen in Europe’s big four leagues this weekend.
Bayern win to close in on title
Pochettino hints at new PSG deal
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Will Bayern win Der Klassiker and Bundesliga at the same time?
The biggest game in Europe this weekend? Look no further than Germany and Der Klassiker.
Bayern Munich against Borussia Dortmund is a huge fixture on any occasion. But Saturday’s meeting in Munich (17:30 BST) is colossal in terms of the Bundesliga title.
Bayern are on the brink of a 10th straight title after establishing a nine-point lead over nearest rivals Dortmund with four games left.
Dortmund would love nothing better than to delay Bayern’s title celebrations by winning at the Allianz Arena.
Julian Nagelsmann wants new options at right-back, defensive midfielder, and in the attack for Bayern Munich
According to a report from Sport Bild (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia), Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann has submitted a summer transfer window request to the club’s front office for three position profiles:
The right-back request might already be complete as Bayern Munich is rumored to have already reach an accord with Ajax defender Noussair Mazraoui, who will be a free transfer in the summer.
In addition, the Bavarians have been linked to Mazraoui’s teammate Ryan Gravenberch, who likely identifies as more of an 8 than a 6, but has the potential and physical toolset to play a more defensive and physical role. Ajax and Bayern Munich, however, have not been able to sync up on a transfer fee, which leaves the move in jeopardy. RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer has been mentioned as another option, but Die Roten Bullen likely won’t sell the Austrian to Bayern Munich this summer, which means the Rekordmeister would have to wait until the summer of 2023 when Laimer can make a free move.
As for Nagelsmann’s request for an attacker…that is interesting. The respective futures of Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry are both at least somewhat in doubt in Bavaria as both players have contracts expiring in 2023 — and both are embroiled in at least somewhat tricky contract negotiations.
Regardless of what happens with those two players, Bayern Munich will still have the following options in the attack (at least as of now): Thomas Müller, Kingsley Coman, Leroy Sane, Jamal Musiala, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, Paul Wanner, Gabriel Vidovic, and Malik Tillman.
As for why Nagelsmann wants another attacker, the report states that the manager wants to put pressure on the existing personnel.
Bayern Munich has been loosely linked with players like Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku, Ajax’s Antony, Leeds United’s Raphinha, Red Bull Salzburg’s Benjamin Sesko, VfB Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdzic, Bayer Leverkusen’s Patrik Schick, and Benfica’s Darwin Nunez among others.
None of the aforementioned players would be easily affordable.
Arminia Bielefeld vs. Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga: Lineups, team news, injuries; and MORE!
For Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann, the big question entering this weekend’s Bundesliga match against Arminia Bielefeld is exactly who he should rest — if anyone.
The Bavarians are coming off of a shocking elimination from the Champions League at the hands of Villarreal and will be looking to get back on the winning track.
What we know — as of now — is that both Lucas Hernandez and Kingsley Coman did not train with the team today and will not travel to the away match. In addition, Niklas Süle and Corentin Tolisso are out and Bouna Sarr will return!
(Hold your applause)
Based on all of that, this is how we think Nagelsmann will set up his boys. We are predicting a veteran-heavy, back four-based formation for Bayern Munich against Arminia Bielefeld:
Arminia Bielefeld vs Bayern Munich: TV channel, live stream, team news & prediction
Bayern Munich host Arminia Bielefeld on Sunday afternoon in a meeting between two Bundesliga sides operating in vastly contrasting realms of the table.
The Bavarian behemoths lead the league by nine points going into the final five games of the campaign. Arminia, conversely, start the weekend in the relegation play-off position, above Hertha Berlin by goal difference alone before the capital side’s Saturday meeting with fellow strugglers Augsburg.
Here’s all you need two know about this weekend’s meeting between the pair.
Rumor Mongering: Bayern Munich Enter Race for Liverpool Target
Bayern Munich, fresh off of a shock Champions League quarterfinal exit to Villareal, are set to rebuild in the transfer market, with their recruitment priorities now putting them on a collision course with Liverpool over a shared target.
Rocked by the loss in midweek, and with talk heating up of a summer move away for long-time goal machine, Robert Lewandowski, the German giants are desperate to restock their attack.
The Kicker via…Forbes (?) has revealed that RB Salzburg’s Karim Adeyemi has subsequently made his way onto Bayern’s summer transfer wish list following a break out campaign that has seen the striker score 20 goals and provide five assists in all competitions.
While the 20-year-old had once been mooted for a move to Borussia Dortmund, discussions stalled, leading to speculation that Liverpool had managed to insert themselves into the picture. Avid collectors of products off the Red Bull talent production line, Liverpool will have fancied their chances of winning the race for the young German’s signature to join former RB stars Sadio Mane, Naby Keita, Takumi Minamino and Ibrahima Konate on Merseyside.
German outlet, Bild has previously reported that Salzburg have slapped a €45m (£38m) fee on their young striker, a bargain price considering the talent and potential at Adeyemi’s disposal.
While both Bayern and Liverpool are certainly not lacking for talent, protracted contract negotiations for their respective talismans in Lewandowski and Mohamed Salah could lend urgency to the battle for Adeyemi.
Dietmar Hamann worried about Robert Lewandowski’s age amid contract talks with Bayern Munich
At this current juncture, it still remains unclear what the future holds for Robert Lewandowski and whether it will be with Bayern Munich, or another club. Reports broke earlier this week suggesting that FC Barcelona was close to agreeing on a deal to sign Bayern’s number 9, but they all proved to be speculative at best. Prior to those rumors circulating, it had come out that Lewandowski was peeved at the fact that Bayern’s front office had not yet initiated discussions to negotiate a contract extension despite their affirmation that they definitely wanted to keep hold of the Polish ace.
Recently speaking to Goal, former Bayern and Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann weighed in on Lewandowski’s contract situation in Munich. For him, it all comes down to just how many years Bayern would be willing to extend Lewandowski’s contract by. At 33 years of age, Lewandowski shows absolutely no signs of slowing down, but age is a concern for Hamann.
The player turned pundit is worried that Bayern could potentially be dealing with a waning Lewandowski if they were to go ahead and offer him an extension for more than two years, citing Cristiano Ronaldo’s patchy return to Manchester United as an example of what’s to be concerned about. “There is no reason not to extend with (Manuel) Neuer or (Thomas) Muller. With Lewandowski you have to see whether he wants more than two years. Then of course you have to think about it. At the end of the contract he would be nearly 37. You can see with Ronaldo that it gets more difficult with age,” he explained.
With the bigger picture in play, it hasn’t made Hasan Salihamidzic, Oliver Kahn, or Herbert Hainer’s jobs an easier with the fact that so many players on Bayern’s squad were, or still are, up for a contract extension. Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, and Kingsley Coman have all already signed new deals and Neuer and Muller are expected to soon follow suit. For Serge Gnabry and Lewandowski, both situations remain open at this point.
“With Muller and Neuer I say, yes, extend them. But of course they can’t earn more. You have to make sure that the contracts are made even more performance-related,” Hamann rationalized with the financial situation at Bayern. “If you have five to six players who earn 20 million euros, you have to claim that you get to the semi-finals in the Champions League. Of course you can be eliminated, but it’s always about the process,” he added.
Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski to leave for free in 2023?; Bayern scoping Turkish talent; FC Barcelona wants VfB Stuttgart’s Borna Sosa; RB Leipzig tracking Real Madrid youngster; Antony to Juventus?; and MORE!
Could Lewy leave for free in 2023? (@JanAageFjortoft)
The state of contract negotiations between Bayern Munich and star striker Robert Lewandowski is in flux.
FC Barcelona has been lurking around Lewandowski and is probably in communication with Lewandowski’s agent, Pini Zahavi. Rather than a move this summer, however, pundit Jan Aage Fjortoft says that Lewandowski could fulfill his contract and then leave on a free transfer in 2023:
Bayern Munich: Robert Lewandowski will not be sold to Barcelona this summer
With rumors swirling this week that Robert Lewandowski wanted to trade his Bayern Munich shirt in for a Barcelona shirt, that was bound to come up when Bayern CEO Oliver Kahn spoke to Amazon Prime (per SportBild) prior to his club’s UEFA Champions League game against Villarreal on Tuesday.
And, boy, Der Titan was ready for it.
“It’s good that you’re addressing him. Apparently there’s a competition out there: who will come up with the bigger nonsense story about Robert Lewandowski?”
Kahn continued: “First of all, it is very important that we have a contract with Robert Lewandowski that lasts another season. We have always said that we will start the talks and we started them a long time ago. As soon as there is something to report, then we will do it too.”
What’s wrong with Bayern Munich star Leroy Sane? Will he start against Villarreal?
Bayern Munich star Leroy Sane has been spectacular for most of the season, but things have unraveled a bit lately for the Germany international.
A dip in form has coincided with being admonished by manager Julian Nagelsmann during a training session last month (probably an issue) and a somehow public late night at a wine bar (probably not an issue).
Most recently, Sane hit Nagelsmann with a “dead fish” handshake after being subbed out early against FC Augsburg. The manager commented on it to Abendzeitung.
“I noticed that his handshake was different before (Sane was subbed out) — less frustrated,” said Nagelsmann, who said he was not mad at Sane and did not think the episode was worthy of a headline. “(Sane) is an ambitious person, very self-critical, and everyone deals with frustration situations a little differently.”
After the reluctant handshake with Nagelsmann, Sane opted to go back to the locker room immediately rather than sit with his teammates — a move that raised some eyebrows. Again, Nagelsmann dismissed any deep meaning behind Sane’s decision.
“Some can immediately sit on the bench and cheer for the boys. Of course, that’s always the best case. But there are also characters who aren’t so good at it. That’s okay, too. Leroy got pissed off at himself and didn’t want anyone see or be seen more,” Nagelsmann remarked.
More important than any of that, however, is that Sane just has not looked like himself on the pitch — but that could be about to change. The German forward could be looking for a “slump buster” today against Villarreal in an effort to get his season back on track.
But will Sane get that opportunity?
The latest reports indicate that Sane has possibly edged out Serge Gnabry for a spot in today’s starting XI. If so, that could be enough of a boost to help the talented forward to get back on track.
It would not shock many Bayern Munich fans if Sane out his name on the scoresheet later today to officially break out of his funk.
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Report: Two stories out of Poland say Lewy has reached deal with Barca (TVP Sport)
By now, you’ve seen the headlines blasted, “Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski agrees to terms with FC Barcelona” and you — rightfully — took everything with a grain of salt.
So, let’s break down how this all went down on Monday. First, there was a report out of Poland breaking the story:
As TVPSPORT.PL learned, Robert Lewandowski is to sign a contract with Barcelona . According to our source, the captain of the Polish national team informed the Bayern Munich authorities about his decision.
In recent weeks, a lot has been said about the future of Robert Lewandowski. The striker’s contract expires on June 30, 2023. Bayern’s authorities are reluctant to start talks on a new contract. The Polish representative is disappointed with this attitude. So far “Lewy” has played 369 matches for the 31-time German champion. He scored … 340 goals in them . He is one of the best footballers in the history of the German tycoon.
As we have established, Lewandowski will not sign a new contract with Bayern. We learned from the close circle of the player that the striker had already communicated with Barcelona. The best striker in the world is to come after a teleconference with the Blaugrana authorities. The information provided to us shows that all the terms of the contract have been agreed.
The Pole informed Oliver Kahn about his decision. Bayern authorities already know that “Lewy” will start a relationship with a new employer. It is supposed to be FC Barcelona.
Then, another Polish journalist ran with it further:
Training Update: Who’s in and who’s out for Bayern Munich against Villarreal — absentees confirmed!
Julian Nagelsmann confirmed that Niklas Süle, Corentin Tolisso, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Bouna Sarr would all miss the Villarreal match during his press conference earlier today:
Bayern Munich will square off against Villarreal in the Champions League on Tuesday and will be missing a few players. Here is the latest information on where some Bavarians stand ahead of the UCL clash:
Lucas Hernandez: The defender missed Saturday’s match against FC Augsburg with a bruised thigh, but will be ready to go against Villarreal.
Niklas Süle: The Germany international has the flu and is likely going to miss the contest. Hernandez is expected to start next to Dayot Upamecano at center-back, where Süle’s presence will be missed.
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting: The back-up striker has kicked COVID-19, but is battling a knee injury.
Bouna Sarr: The defender is suffering from patella issue and will miss the match.
Corentin Tolisso: With a four-week estimate on his recovery time from his latest injury (hamstring), Tolisso may have already suited up for the final time in Munich.
Niklas Süle, Corentin Tolisso, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Bouna Sarr did not train with the team today. There could be further updates after Julian Nagelsmann’s press conference later today.
FC Barcelona can’t pay hefty salary to Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski, worried about damaging relationship further
ESPN journalist Moisés Llorens dished on FC Barcelona’s rumored interest in Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski and confirmed reports that we had previously seen in today’s Daily Schmankerl.
“Barcelona’s offer to Robert Lewandowski would likely be less than what he earns at Bayern. If Lewandowski is looking for money and a last big contract, then Barça is not the right solution for him. If he’s looking for a new challenge and playing in a league he’s been trying to move to for many years, then yes. Barça do not want trouble with Bayern. They are interested in Lewandowski, but would only intensify their efforts if Bayern give him permission to leave,” said Llorens (as captured by @iMiaSanMia).
In addition, Llorens says that the relationship between Bayern Munich and FC Barcelona become a bit fractured over the Super League debacle and that the Catalans would rather not risk damaging it further by trying to swipe the Polish star.
“The relationship between Barcelona & Bayern is not at its best – Barça don’t want to make it worse. There was a minor ‘dispute’ between the clubs about the Super League project. Bayern are against the project, while Barça support it. They don’t want more conflict,” said Llorens. “In addition, there’s the wage mass. Barcelona cannot spend more on salaries at the moment. In order to free up a place for Lewandowski’s salary, they would have to sell a few players or simply get rid of their wages.”
In the end, Llorens just does not think a move to FC Barcelona will be doable for Lewandowski, based on the Catalan club’s finances.
“As of today, I think Lewandowski’s transfer to Barcelona will be very difficult to achieve. It’s not impossible, but still difficult to carry out. That’s how I see,” Llorens remarked.
Daily Schmankerl: The aftermath of Bayern Munich vs. FC Augsburg; FC Barcelona balking on Robert Lewandowski pursuit?; Pep Guardiola says there is no “better place” than Manchester City; and MORE!
Die Folgen: Bayern’s rugged 1-0 victory over Augsburg (Bavarian Football Works)
Bayern Munich bounced back form its Villarreal loss with a tough 1-0 victory over FC Augsburg using a lineup that was filled with subs. Here are some quick hitters on the match:
I was hoping Bayern Munich was going to be able to avoid looking ahead to Tuesday against Villarreal, but it felt like that is exactly what happened early on.
Niklas Süle getting scratched with a slight fever before the game was a blow as he could have used the field time.
If it has been widely established that Leroy Sane is far less effective as a right-wing, why was he used out there? I’m a big proponent of using inverted wingers, but Sane definitely looks and feels more comfortable on the left side.
The Dayot Upamecano-Tanguy Nianzou partnership had some shaky moments early on, but held it together for the clean sheet. Nianzou makes too many mistakes, though. He needs more seasoning. I still say a loan where he can play freely and consistently would do him well, but it seems like he will be back with the Bayern Munich first team next season.
Serge Gnabry flashed some impressive footwork and vision a few times in the first half, but could not create much offense.
Niklas Dorsch is the exact kind of high energy midfielder that would be a great fit at Bayern Munich these days behind Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka. He plays with an immense amount of passion, but that ship has sailed. Arne Maier did a pretty solid job as well for FC Augsburg.
Neither Joshua Kimmich, nor Leon Goretzka were great. Goretzka was, in fact, not good. Kimmich did get better as the game went on, but he does not look like himself. Hopefully, he can get some rest and be ready for Tuesday.
Dorsch really plays with no fear. He just brings energy and tenacity to pitch. He was fantastic on the day. What a performance for the midfielder.
Bayern Munich’s first half offensive effort was extremely choppy again and lacked creativity. It was better in the second half, but only marginally.
Omar Richards wasn’t bad, but he wasn’t great either.
Benjamin Pavard had a few boneheaded plays in an uneven effort for the Frenchman as well. He has to be better.
Alphonso Davies and Marcel Sabitzer each made an instant impact upon entering the match. They brought some life on to the pitch, as did Kingsley Coman and Jamal Musiala.
There are like six guys on FC Augsburg that would look totally at home working in an artisan, farm-to-table bagel shop in Brooklyn.
The handball on Reece Oxford was very obvious. It wasn’t intentional, but had to be called. Robert Lewandowski, who got no decent service all day, buried the penalty kick. That was an extremely unfortunate play for FC Augsburg, which played an incredibly tough match.
FC Augsburg goalkeeper Rafal Gikiewicz was outstanding on the day.
Overall, it was an ugly first half, complimented by a re-energized second half. Bringing in Musiala, Coman, Sabitzer, and Davies helped change things. Both teams battled very hard on the day. FC Augsburg deserved a ton of credit for going toe-to-toe with Bayern Munich. In the end, it was a gutty, hard-fought Bundesliga victory for Die Roten. Though the victory might not make fans feel too much better about the state of the squad, it sure was better than the alternative.
Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 1, Episode 44 —Unpacking Bayern Munich’s loss to Villarreal; Why Bayern might not have needed both Ajax players; The latest on Serge Gnabry’s future; and MORE!
The week was sort of normal until Wednesday initiated a run of craziness.
Bayern Munich’s loss to Villarreal in the Champions League, followed the transfer craziness involving Robert Lewandowski and the Ajax duo of Noussair Mazraoui and Ryan Gravenberch really threw the latter part of the week for a loop.
We hit on all of that and more, so check out what we have on tap:
Where Bayern Munich went wrong against Villarreal and how things could get better on Tuesday.
The potential acquisitions of Mazraoui and Gravenberch and why I don’t get one of the moves.
Serge Gnabry’s negotiations and who has interest in the Germany international.
The phenom who just won’t commit to Julian Nagelsmann.
A couple of other items just for good measure.