A bit lost in the hysteria surrounding Bayern Munich’s ongoing pursuit of Matthijs de Ligt and the transfer saga surrounding Robert Lewandowski, Serge Gnabry might be sitting there wondering, “What about me?”
While Bayern Munich might be focused on other matters, Gnabry could be plotting out which clubs he might like to play for. In Tuesday’s Daily Schmankerl, we learned that Gnabry’s ties to Arsenal would likely prevent him from making a move to Chelsea FC, but it does appear the Germany international would be willing to play for Pep Guardiola at Manchester City:
Serge Gnabry will not join Chelsea, despite rumors in England. Following his time at Arsenal from 2011 to 2016, Gnabry is unwilling to play for any other club in London. Manchester City is a possible destination for the player if he does not extend his contract [@SPORTBILD] pic.twitter.com/u7DcLGS4t2
— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) July 12, 2022
Despite the previous story about Gnabry not being interested in Chelsea, though, one report says the forward could be a primary target of Thomas Tuchel’s club (Football London):
With the Blues seemingly set to miss out on the Brazil international and Ziyech facing an increasingly uncertain future at Stamford Bridge, Tuchel wants to sign at least one new forward. According to The Telegraph, Gnabry has emerged as an option for the club, with the 26-year-old’s contract at Bayern set to expire in 12 months.
Boehly has met with the Bavarians’ director in London to discuss the futures of both Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski, as per The Telegraph. And, it’s said that the £33.8m-rated winger ‘likes London’, handing the Blues a major boost in their efforts.
Is it possible that the delay in FC Barcelona submitting its next bid to Bayern Munich for Robert Lewandowski is because the Catalans are rallying up €70 million? That seems doubtful, but at least one report thinks that could be the case:
Barcelona will reportedly have to shell out €70 million to secure the services of priority attacking target Robert Lewandowski in the summer.
According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, Barcelona will have to pay a higher sum than €50 million to secure the services of Robert Lewandowski in the summer transfer window. Bayern Munich will now tell the Blaugrana to cough up €70 million for the Polish international.
The Robert Lewandowski transfer saga continues to get engulfed in uncertainties with every passing day. But one thing that is clear is that the 33-year-old is not leaving Bayern Munich without burning all his bridges with the Bavarian giants, although that is not all he is doing.
What seemed like a crazy notion last weekend looks like it could be very close to happening — Bayern Munich and Juventus center-back Matthijs de Ligt could finally be getting together.
What does this mean for the club? Where does he fit? Who will be affected if De Ligt walks through the gates at Säbener Straße? We’ll talk through all of that and MORE! Here is what we have on tap:
- A quick aside about the award nomination for BFW’s podcast network.
- A deep dive into the possible move for De Ligt.
- Why waiting for Konrad Laimer might not be a bad thing, but would limit Julian Nagelsmann’s ability to tinker.
- What will Bayern Munich do with some of its prized youngsters this season?
- What if Robert Lewandowski stays with the club for this season?
Help support BFW’s quest to be the best by checking out this link and giving us a vote (or INNN will hunt you down): World Soccer Talk Awards — Best Club Podcast
If there is a messier transfer saga than Robert Lewandowski/Bayern or Cristiano Ronaldo/Manchester United, it would be Frenkie de Jong/FC Barcelona.
The Spanish channel Onze is reporting that there is a deal in place between Barça and United for €85 million, but that should be met with high skepticism:
Forbes captured details on the report:
Manchester United and FC Barcelona have reached an agreement for the transfer of Frenkie de Jong. This has been claimed by the Onze program on Esport3 in Catalonia, and comes after United’s CEO Richard Arnold and director of football John Murtough landed in Barcelona on Monday.
Later yesterday afternoon, the duo met with Mateu Alemany, Jordi Cruyff and Rafa Yuste representing the Blaugrana, and their sit-down concluded with an agreement between the European giants for the 25-year-old midfielder. According to Oriol Domenech from Esport3, the final figure for the sale is €85mn ($85.05mn) including add-ons.
Juventus announced its signing of former Bayern Munich youth player Kenan Yildiz:
Official, confirmed. Kenan Yildiz has signed with Juventus on free transfer from FC Bayern – deal valid until June 2025. ⚪️⚫️ #transfers
Yildiz [2005 born] has turned down Bayern’s proposal to extend the contract and many other approaches. pic.twitter.com/3fdsP6XtiF
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 12, 2022
That sport coat kind of makes him look ready for some work with Miami Vice, but good luck to the youngster on his move.
It’s our pleasure to announce that Bavarian Podcast Works has been nominated for the “Best Club Podcast” by World Soccer Talk.
That’s right your (hopefully) favorite Bayern Munich podcast network is up for an award. While we are humbled and honored that we have not chased everyone away, we could use your help in securing the trophy. That’s right…you can vote! Help support BFW’s quest to be the best, by checking out this link and giving us a vote (or INNN will hunt you down): World Soccer Talk Awards — Best Club Podcast
Bear in mind, we didn’t nominate ourselves or anything like that for this award…somebody likes us!
We’ve put a lot of hard work into helping the podcast network grow and evolve over the years. We’d love to bring home the gold here and frankly we haven’t been this fired up over a competition since the Bunducksliga was at its peak. Voting closes at midnight EST on July 31, 2022. (Direct link: https://worldsoccertalk.com/best-club-podcast-2022-world-soccer-talk-awards)
Editor’s note: The folks at The Athletic seemed to have discovered their Spurs podcast got nominated, and they went from 0 to racking up votes like crazy. We’ll need to redouble our efforts at getting out the vote! Thanks to everyone for your help!
According to Sky’s Florian Plettenberg, Manchester United could be looking at VfB Stuttgart striker Saša Kalajdžić now that both Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are out of the mix:
❗️News #Kalajdzic: He is a candidate for #MUFC next to Brobbey from Leipzig. Talks with the management from Kalajdzic have taken place but no personal meeting so far. Manchester United is very interesting for him. Bayern and Dortmund are not in. @SkySportDE @Sky_Marc
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 11, 2022
At this point, I think it is safe to assume that all of the stories being corroborated about Bayern Munich being interested in Harry Kane are true. It seems the club is ready to make a strong push at him for the 2023/24 season.
However, it also appears that Tottenham Hotspur will do everything it can to convince the star striker to stay in London:
Update # They have: Bayern bosses have discussed him in this transfer period due to his qualities but he’s no longer a topic this summer. Things could change in 2023. Kane’s management is relaxed. Been told they are not discussing any options for next year at this stage. @SkySportDE
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) July 12, 2022
If Sky’s Florian Plettenberg is not enough for you, Fabrizio Romano — who is even out-scooping the families of players these days — indicated Kane was discussed, but also that the Bavarians are a real longshot to actually get him:
In this episode of the BPW Flagship show, Tom and Fergus discuss:
- If De Ligt is worth becoming Bayern’s record signing.
- How would De Ligt fit in Bayern’s back line in a back four system.
- Would he bring enough to shore up Bayern’s defense.
- Omar Richards leaving for Nottingham Forest.
- How do we backup Alphonso Davies now that O. Richards is gone.
- Our preferred starting back four.
- Should the transfer window close prior to the domestic seasons starting?