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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich still confident to keep Serge Gnabry; Chelsea sneak into Robert Lewandowski race; Liverpool ace wants move from Sadio Mane; Chelsea conceding Matthijs de Ligt pursuit?; Renato Sanches to PSG?; and more!

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Despite interest from Chelsea FC, Arsenal FC and Real Madrid, Bayern Munich are confident they can keep Serge Gnabry:

Bayern Munich remain optimistic about Serge Gnabry extending his contract despite rumors the winger could move to Chelsea, according to Sport Bild. The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with a move to Stamford Bridge as Chelsea look to add reinforcements to their attack.

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As he was close to signing Raheem Sterling from Manchester City, Chelsea also showed interest in Gnabry. It’s been reported that the Germany international hasn’t accepted Bayern’s €19m-a-year salary offer as his contract is due to expire in 2023.

Despite the strong interest and links with a move, Bayern remain confident that Gnabry will extend his contract and stay at the club. Contrary to reports in England, Sport Bild write that the player has no interest in joining Chelsea after previously playing for rival club Arsenal.

Gnabry’s future is truly one of the craziest situations on Bayern Munich’s roster. With so many expensive attacking options, it remains curious whether the Bavarians will meet Gnabry’s high financial demands. Moreover, it could be argued that Gnabry doesn’t even plan to be a starter anymore.

With the club in their pursuit of Matthijs de Ligt and also with the Robert Lewandowski transfer saga, Gnabry’s own situation is on the back burner.

Chelsea FC sit and watch as FC Barcelona royally miss their pursuit of Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski. Now the London-based club might see this mess and think they can rush to steal the Poland international:

On this topic, Chelsea are apparently trying to get involved in Barca’s bid to sign Robert Lewandowski. Although the player initially only had eyes for the Camp Nou, he is now sufficiently exasperated by the selfishness that permeates the German champions that even the prospect of a 493rd successive Bundesliga title cannot persuade him to stay in Bavaria.

So far, Lewandowski has been reluctant to take a close look at Chelsea, but if he really wants to leave Bayern Munich in search of a new challenge, the striker may have to open his mind. While FC Barcelona are still in the lead, their finances have created plenty of doubts over whether the Catalans can meet Bayern Munich’s demands for a Lewandowski sale.

What seemed like a crazy idea last weekend seems to be about to happen – Bayern Munich and Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt could finally get together.

What does this mean for the club? Where is he ? Who will be affected if de Ligt walks through the doors of Säbener Straße? We’ll talk about all that and MORE! Here’s what we have on hand:

  • A quick aside on the award nomination for BFW’s podcast network.
  • A deep dive into the movement possible for de Ligt.
  • Why Wait 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 their prized youngsters this season?
  • What if Robert Lewandowski stayed with the club 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

Bayern Munich could really be in a race for a club to get Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt:

Chelsea owner Todd Boehly will likely have to accept defeat in the club’s pursuit of Juventus defender Matthijs de Ligt this summer. New details emerging suggest a switch from Stamford Bridge is not on the cards, with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich stealing a march on the Blues.

Thomas Tuchel had identified De Ligt as his priority centre-back target before making as many as three additions to the position. The German head coach is keen to replace Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen, while Cesar Azpilicueta’s future remains up in the air amid interest from Barcelona.

But Chelsea appear set to miss out on the 22-year-old, who has reportedly agreed personal terms with Bayern amid contract talks with Juventus. And Boehly has learned new information that suggests he should move on to other targets while the Bavarian giants are on the hunt.

According to Bild, even though Chelsea offered him more money to snub Bayern for a move to the Premier League, his heart is set on an Allianz Arena arrival in the summer transfer window. The report states that the Dutchman would even take a pay cut to force his way through.

This bear knows how to have a good time:

We are pleased to announce that Bavarian Podcast Works has been nominated for ‘Best Club Podcast’ by World Soccer Talk.

This is your (hopefully) favorite Bayern Munich the podcast network is up for an award. While we’re humbled and honored that we didn’t kick everyone out, we could use your help to get 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

Keep in mind we didn’t nominate ourselves or anything like that for this award…someone loves us!

We’ve put a lot of effort into helping the podcast network grow and evolve over the years. We would love to win gold here and frankly we haven’t been this excited about 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)

Liverpool star Jordan Henderson believes the club should leave Sadio Mané.

“For any team that loses Sadio it will be a huge blow because he is a world class player, for me one of the best strikers in the world,” Henderson said. “But we have world-class players, especially in the forward line. Luis Diaz, who put in a phenomenal performance last season. Darwin came in, Bobby [Firmino] comes back, so we have world-class options. Things evolve and change, so hopefully we can adapt quickly. Darwin is a new option, a different dimension for us with the way we play and we have to adapt to it quickly, get used to it. But Luis came for a lot of last season and hopefully Darwin is a huge player for us going forward, and we have some young players coming in as well.

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches could be set to join the smash at Paris Saint-Germain:

In this episode of BPW Flagship, Tom and Fergus discuss:

  • If de Ligt is worth becoming Bayern’s record signing.
  • How would de Ligt fit into Bayern’s back line in a four-back system.
  • Would he bring enough to bolster Bayern’s defence.
  • Omar Richards leaving for Nottingham Forest.
  • How can we save Alphonso Davies now that O. Richards is gone.
  • Our favorite four-way start.
  • Should the transfer window close before the start of the domestic seasons?

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