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Daily Schmankerl: Frenkie de Jong would prefer Bayern Munich move; Lewandowski statistically better than Messi, Ronaldo; Tillman set for Rangers debut; and more!

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After days of reports of De Jong reuniting with Erik Ten Hag at Manchester United, a new report has seemingly blown the Red Devils out of the water:

According to a new report from SPORT, De Jong is interested in a potential move to Bayern Munich. The Dutch international knows the club’s style of play, and Germany’s proximity to De Jong’s home country would also appeal to the coveted playmaker.

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Bayern, unlike Manchester United, would also be able to offer De Jong the Champions League football he dreams of, while the German champions are set to bring one of the most close to De Jong, Matthijs de Ligt, at the Allianz Arena.

Although a move to Bavaria is De Jong’s preferred option, it’s unclear whether Bayern would be genuinely interested in competing with United for the signing of the Barcelona man.

Of course, we’ve already signed his best friend (De Ligt), so maybe that would be a great incentive. But again, would Die Roten really be interested in signing him? We are, after all, already stacked in midfield, even without the potential signing of Konrad Laimer. Although, if De Jong joined the Bavarians, he would definitely give Kimmich and Goretzka a bit of trouble in the clubs’ depth chart (although the latter is unavailable at the moment).

I’m not going to lie guys, Bayern did really well here. Statistically, Lewandowski performed better than most beloved football players during his 8 years at FC Bayern:

Barca fans might also be interested to learn that the 33-year-old beat Lionel Messi during his eight-year spell at the Allianz Arena. Since arriving on a free transfer in 2014, Lewandowski has scored 344 club goals for Bayern in all competitions. During the same period, Barca legend Messi scored 329 goals for Barca and Paris Saint-Germain.

Moreover, Lewy also beat Cristiano Ronaldo during the eight years he wore Bayern red. Ronaldo has scored a combined 323 club goals for Real Madrid, Juventus and Manchester United in the same period.

Boy, we really lost it, huh? I wonder if Sadio Mane can compensate for this loss… (but no pressure, really).

If you thought HUGE news would drop at the start of this week, you were probably a little disappointed. Fear not, however, there was still plenty to talk about when it came to Bayern Munich.

Here’s what we have in store for this episode:

  • A look at the current (purulent?) situation between Bayern Munich, Robert Lewandowski and FC Barcelona.
  • The latest on Matthijs de Ligt. Can Bayern Munich close the deal soon?
  • Serge Gnabry seems to sign a new contract… where does he stand?
  • An exit for Chris Richards seems increasingly likely.
  • Would a nicer, softer Brazzo do business – and what if he played the long game with Erling Haaland?
  • Some quick takes on the season finale of The boys and the Prime Minister of the second half of You better call Saul.

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*Insert sad crying sounds* Just to rub it in for you all, Lewandowski is set to officially be a Barcelona player, following his unveiling today:

According RAC1Lewandowski didn’t train with the rest of his teammates during the afternoon training session as he hadn’t signed an official contract with Barcelona.

However, everything is expected to be resolved today as the club are set to unveil the Poland international. Even though the player would have ideally preferred to be introduced at Camp Nou, the timing of the transfer didn’t do him any favours.

Well, let’s just hope Barca’s extreme bankruptcy doesn’t hamper Lewy’s chances of getting the Ballon D’Or (which is, after all, the main reason he left Bayern… is this not ?)

After leaving Bavaria, the German-born USMNT ace is set to take another step in his career after joining Scottish side Rangers:

Van Bronckhorst will be looking to get more minutes in his players’ legs following the weekend’s 2-1 win over Blackpool at Bloomfield Road as they step up their preparations to reach peak fitness for the start of the season.

Fans are desperate to catch a glimpse of the new boys in action at home and Malik Tillman will be the one they’ll want to see after the kid on loan from Bayern Munich watched him from the Blackpool stand. He could be given a start by Van Bronckhorst.

It sucks to have lost a great talent, but hey, all we can do now is wish him well.

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

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Chelsea goalkeeper Mendy thinks Liverpool could struggle next season without their star striker, but wishes his compatriot good luck:

Chelsea’s Senegal goalkeeper Mendy believes his international team-mate’s departure could still have a big effect on the Reds.

Asked about Mane’s move on the Blues’ pre-season tour of the United States, Mendy said: “I think it’s a big loss for the Premier League in terms of quality and in terms of people.

“We have lost someone great and I hope for him that he enjoys the Bundesliga.”

The stopper added: “It’s also a big loss [to Liverpool] because of his quality, the impact he has and also because, for young players, he is an example. When you lose someone like that, it can have a huge impact.

Is it just me, or does the guardian look dead or something? Either way, Mane will break it here in Bavaria, and Liverpool can continue to struggle without him.

Recently (and to be frank, bizarrely), Leroy Sane has been in the spotlight as a potential summer signing from Arsenal. The Gunners, apparently, think the Germans could strengthen their front line. But, his friend from Man City, Oleksandr Zinchenko is reportedly set to transfer to London:

The same is said of Oleksandr Zinchenko, who is reportedly closing in on a £32m move from Manchester City. Arsenal had quickly turned their attention to the Ukraine international after pulling out of the race for Lisandro Martinez, and swift negotiations saw all parties reach an agreement.

Zinchenko spoke about his special relationship with Leroy Sane, who has been mentioned as a possible candidate to bolster Arsenal’s front line. The duo played together at City for four years until Sane completed a move to Bayern Munich worth around £55m in 2020.

Whether or not Sane is a realistic target for the Gunners this summer remains to be seen, but if he is they have some really useful tools at their disposal which can put them in a strong position should interest ever intensify. .

Again, Sane’s history at Arsenal should probably be taken with a grain of salt, but who knows? He will certainly not leave this summer.

So it happened. Bayern Munich have sold Robert Lewandowski to FC Barcelona for around €45 million guaranteed plus €5 million in bonuses. With his departure, Bayern lose a striker who has scored more than 50 goals per season for three consecutive seasons. Without him, Julian Nagelsmann will have to find new solutions for the attack, while the transfer fee raises money to reinvest in the workforce.

Since this is a major discussion, we got three people together for just our second three-way podcast.

In this episode, INNN, Tom and Schnitzel discuss:

  • Our first impressions of Lewandowski leaving the club.
  • Can striker pair Sadio Mane and Serge Gnabry make up for Lewy’s loss of goals?
  • The issues with the rumored 3-5-2 formation planned by Julian Nagelsmann.
  • Schnitzel suggests a different formation that gives INNN conniptions.
  • How Bayern can still operate a 4-2-3-1 with Sadio Mane as the lone striker.
  • INNN’s point of view: why defense must be at the center of the coming season.
  • Massive discussion on the fluidity of formation and how to use Thomas Muller.
  • Which transfers does Bayern Munich remain in the window? Which transfers are still likely?
  • Why Cristiano Ronaldo could still end up coming to Bayern.
  • Final thoughts – what are Julian Nagelsmann’s expectations for the upcoming season? Expected positions in Bundesliga, DFB Pokal and Champions League.

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