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Daily Schmankerl: Marcel Sabitzer’s solid performance at Bayern Munich puts Konrad Laimer on the back burner; Did Bayern dodge a bullet on missed Callum Hudson-Odoi?; Filip Kostic at Juventus; Benjamin Šeško delighted to head to Bundesliga; & MORE!

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Marcel Sabitzer’s strong performance to start the season at Bayern Munich has had an effect on the club’s transfer plans:

Marcel Sabitzer will definitely stay at FC Bayern beyond this summer. He does not dream of leaving this window. As a result, Konrad Laimer – who Nagelsmann is very interested in – is expected to stay at Leipzig and could join Bayern for free next year.

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Sabitzer’s recent performances have eased any pressure Bayern Munich may have had to bring in RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer, who may actually be feasible at this stage.

The gap between what Bayern Munich have offered and what RB Leipzig want for Laimer is just €5m per Sky’s Florian Plettenberg (as captured by @iMiaSanMia):

Leipzig would sell Konrad Laimer again this summer if the asking price is met. The difference between Bayern’s offer and RBL’s demands is €5m so far. Sabitzer’s latest performances stalled the Laimer deal. The latter is likely to stay at Leipzig for the time being.

Sabitzer’s 2021/22 season was certainly not memorable and it must have been frustrating for the player himself, Nagelsmann, the Bayern Munich brass and the stunned fans that he played so poorly.

Whatever the cause of his issues (lack of confidence, unstable environment, lack of a consistent starting role), it seems Sabitzer made it through it all. For Laimer – and his desire to transfer this summer – Sabitzer’s resurgence is bad news.

Olympique de Marseille winger Konrad de la Fuente was briefly linked with Bayern Munich but is more likely to head to Besiktas or Olympiacos:

As RMC report, Marseille’s American winger Konrad de la Fuente is attracting heightened interest from across Europe this summer as he edges closer to a Ligue 1 exit.

The United States international was set to join Real Valladolid in Spain but a deal to join the Spanish side fell through, according to the outlet, as the planned loan failed to materialize with OM looking to make concrete sales this month. Reports that the 21-year-old could join Bayern Munich are also unfounded.

However, Greek heavyweights Olympiacos and Turkish club Besiktas have both started talks with Barcelona’s former youth product.

With all the excitement brewing for the Bundesliga opening weekend, let’s take a look at what’s in store for this week’s podcast:

  • A look at the Bundesliga and why it could be a fun season competitively.
  • Leroy Sane’s precarious position in the squad and why it might be difficult for the Germany international to be patient with a reserve role.
  • Why it’s not the worst thing in the world for Bayern Munich to drop Konrad Laimer right now.
  • Some mistrust about Julian Nagelsmann’s point system.
  • Some thoughts on why Matthijs de Ligt and Noussair Mazraoui have struggled to break through at Bayern Munich so far.

When Bayern Munich went hard after Chelsea FC youngster Callum Hudson-Odoi, it was an intense chasing process that ultimately forced the London club to lock the winger down on a rich long-term deal much sooner than he had. didn’t think so.

Now it looks like Chelsea have a bit of buyer’s remorse and are looking to find a new home at 21 via a loan assignment:

The Blues are certainly not short of funds after spending £175m on five new signings and there could be as many as four new arrivals to join Tuchel at Stamford Bridge.

But the German will know he needs to trim down his bloated squad in order to make more room for new signings – and that will mean the departure of several fringe members of his squad. One of them could be Callum Hudson-Odoi, who wants to leave on loan to get more regular first-team football.

Only two years ago, Chelsea found themselves battling to keep the youngster out of the clutches of Bayern Munich. The Bavarian giants had offered a tempting deal which included loaning the winger out for the season on a permanent £70million transfer, as Sky Sports reported at the time.

Such an offer reflected Hudson-Odoi’s potential and form at the time, having shone under Maurizio Sarri and then Frank Lampard. But Chelsea were determined to keep one of their prized Cobham graduates and rejected his offer, ultimately tying Hudson-Odoi to a five-year deal.

In fairness, the £70m offer wasn’t a mandatory clause, so it’s unclear if Chelsea could have secured such a fee for Hudson-Odoi. But there may now be a sense of regret hanging over them as they try to balance their squad.

Did Bayern Munich dodge a bullet by missing Hudson-Odoi? It would be interesting to know what Bayern Munich’s software said about the Chelsea youngster and if he was considered ‘a dud’ – at least so far.

If you’re an RB Leipzig fan, you might find it hard not to look past this season. Sure, Timo Werner is back, Christopher Nkunku is a star and Dominik Szoboszlai is full of potential, but next season Benjamin Šeško will be at the club… and could be ready to be the Bundesliga’s next big striker.

Šeško is excited to be heading to Germany next season:

Bayern Munich opened the 2022/23 Bundesliga season with a ruthless thrashing of Eintracht Frankfurt, a side that regularly get the better of the Bavarians and won the Europa League last season. Julian Nagelsmann’s side cracked down in a game that saw the visitors lead 5-0 in the first half, in a performance that managed to shock the Eagles faithful into stunned silence. Things look good right now.

Here are our talking points from the game:

  • Our thoughts on the 4-2-2-2 and whether it seems like a plausible way for Bayern Munich to move forward in a post-Lewandowski era.
  • How Sadio Mané, Serge Gnabry, Thomas Muller and Jamal Musiala work together to create an incredible front four system.
  • What the current midfield setup offers the team in terms of passing.
  • Why Eintracht looked practically baffled by Bayern’s system in the first half and the changes in the second.
  • How Serge Gnabry enjoyed an incredible boost to form with the help of Sadio Mané.
  • Why Jamal Musiala changed the whole shape of Bayern’s attack.
  • The resurgence of Dayot Upamecano and his excellent performance lately.
  • Concerns over the side’s pressing and defensive lapses.
  • Potential tests in the future, including Champions League group stage matches.
  • A final note on the strange fatigue that grips the team in the 60th minute of each game.

As you’ve probably heard, Eintracht Frankfurt star Filip Kostic moved to Juventus:

Fabrizio Romano also confirmed the report:

The Paris Saint-Germain defender and Germany international could head to West Ham United:

Will Thilo Kehrer move to the island? As reported by Sky, the DFB star is said to be in talks with West Ham United. There, the 25-year-old is probably scheduled as a centre-back. However, there’s still no verbal agreement with the 20-time Germany international. Also due to the injury of 35 million newcomer Nayef Aguerd and the likely departure of Issa Diop to Fulham, the Hammers will likely feel pressured to strengthen their defence.

So far, Paris have reportedly called €20m in fees for Kehrer, which would be too much for the Hammers given his contract expiring in 2023. Since moving from Schalke to PSG in 2018 for €37m Euros, Kehrer made 128 appearances for PSG, scoring four goals.

Here are the main talking points covered in this episode:

  • Bayern’s dominant performance against Frankfurt
  • How Chuck Steals The Show All The Time, Leaving The Poor Rest Of Us Hanging
  • The 4-triple-2 and what it brings to the table
  • Nagelsmann’s plans for the rest of the season
  • Tom and Schnitzel’s unbearable EPL conversation work to get him back on track
  • Sané transfer rumors
  • Throw shade at INNN and Teddy (again)
  • A look at BuLi’s other games and early predictions for the rest of the season

(Editor’s note: Chuck is going to break into the offices of #EnglishTomAdams and Schnitzel and shoot a “Darth Vader at the end of Rogue One”)

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