July 22, 2022
Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich were tough on Erling Haaland ahead of Manchester City move;  Tottenham Hotspur chasing Serge Gnabry;  FC Barcelona target Liverpool’s Sadio Mane;  Chelsea will attack RB Leipzig;  and more!

According to a report from Bild, Bayern Munich pursued the Borussia Dortmund star until the bitter end when the Norwegian finally decided to join Manchester City:

It’s finally been clear since Tuesday: Bundesliga superstar Erling Haaland (21) is moving from Dortmund to Manchester City! The English club will withdraw the previously announced release clause of €75m plus bonuses.

BILD reveal: Bayern were still hoping for a Haaland commitment by the weekend! The German champions were much longer and more intense on Haaland than everyone thought. It was only last weekend that the Haaland side would have granted the final refusal to the Bavarian sports director Hasan Salihamidzic (45 years old)! Moreover, according to information from BILD, there has always been an intensive exchange between Bayern and Haaland. But in the end, he was rejected.

Here I am…the timing makes sense based on previous reports. Over the weekend, Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan ‘Brazzo’ Salihamidzic said his club wasn’t going to be Haaland’s, but there was also the infamous meeting at Salihamidzic’s last month.

It seems there was at least some serious discussion about a move, but ultimately the timing just wasn’t right. Robert Lewandowski will spend at least one more season in Bavaria and take the place of the “9”:

Bayern still very hot for Haaland until the end – Bayern super striker Robert Lewandowski (33) shouldn’t like it at all. The courting of the Dortmund star and the extremely hesitant behavior at the same time regarding the extension of the Pole’s contract at Bayern bothered him enormously. One of the main reasons why Lewandowski no longer feels fully valued at Bayern and would like to leave the club this summer despite the contract running until 2023. If Barcelona’s dream club gets serious, it will be exciting to see if Bayern really sticks to his no to the Lewandowski sale…

Tottenham Hotspur could be preparing to make a big offer for Serge Gnabry:

Tottenham Hotspur have set their sights on a dream signing of Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry this summer, according to reports. The sensational Bundesliga striker, out of contract in 2023, has recently been at the center of exit reports as his club are still unable to agree terms on an extension.

Bayern, therefore, are currently under some pressure and may have to sell him for a profit in the next transfer window while they still can. Gnabry has no shortage of Premier League suitors, including Spurs, with manager Antonio Conte taking a serious personal interest in the former Arsenal ace. According to a report from the Daily Star, Conte is ‘pushing’ transfer chief Fabio Paratici and north Londoners to ‘offer a cut-price deal’ for the Bayern star given his contract status.

Bayern Munich will end its season with a match against Wolfsburg. Certainly, the Bavarians will be looking to get three points and complete a very good campaign – even if it has only yielded one trophy.

Here’s what we have in store for the last Preview Show of the season:

  • An overview of each team’s position in the table and each team’s recent form.
  • A look at the talent in Wolfsburg’s squad and a reflection on why next season is likely to be decisive for Florian Kohfeldt.
  • A guess about the formation and composition of Julian Nagelsmann. With multiple players bumped or unavailable, we could have a heavy dose of the team regulars for at least the first 60 minutes of the game.
  • A prediction on the match.

Links between Bayern Munich and Liverpool star Sadio Mane have been widely refuted and Mane’s age (see below) could be a major issue in that regard. Either way, FC Barcelona could be a club that is a more realistic option for the star striker. The feeling here, however, is that he’ll end up signing a deal with Liverpool anyway:

Liverpool are reportedly close to reopening contract negotiations with Sadio Mane, who is attracting strong interest from Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

According to BUT, Liverpool plan to relaunch negotiations over a new contract with superstar striker Sadio Mane, who has emerged as a transfer target for Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

Take a look below to see why Mane-Bayern Munich are unlikely to happen.

According to Sport1’s Kerry Hau, Liverpool’s Sadio Mane isn’t really an option for Bayern Munich as he is 30 years old.

Instead, Bayern Munich would prefer to keep Serge Gnabry and extend his contract, but that’s proving difficult. Hau has assessed the possibility of Gnabry staying at Bayern Munich at 50/50, but there will be more negotiations.

As previously reported, Gnabry’s salary demands and his desire to play a role in a central attacking position remain an issue. The club, however, won’t set a deadline to complete a deal. If Gnabry chooses to leave, RB Leipzig’s Christopher Nkunku and Ajax’s Antony could be options:

It’s a little late but we recorded one! Bayern Munich have played their penultimate game of the season and transfer rumors are rife. We have news from Serge Gnabry, Noussair Mazraoui, Ryan Gravenberch, and the surprise news that Liverpool’s Sadio Mane is Brazzo’s dream target for this summer (yeah, right). Lots to say, so give it a listen!

In this episode, Samrin and INNN discuss:

  • Throwback to Bayern Munich’s draw in Stuttgart, as we couldn’t make it on a Sunday due to scheduling conflicts.
  • Nagelsmann’s reluctance to use younger, fringe players since winning the title.
  • Why fans should give Tanguy Nianzou slack.
  • The departure of Niklas Sule upsets Bayern’s long-term defensive planning.
  • Switching gears on transfers – does the Sadio Mane rumor make sense?
  • Why it would be better if Nagelsmann didn’t get big, expensive signings this summer.
  • Parallels between Kovac, Ancelotti and Nagelsmann.
  • An unexpected outage — thank you Zoom!
  • INNN defends Nagelsmann for a second (very rare!).
  • A final announcement for our regular listeners.

Even though Bayern Munich missed out on Haaland this time around, his supposed release clause could make him reachable in the future:

Poker has dragged on for a long time, but it’s now clear that Manchester City have won the race for Erling Haaland. Real Madrid have also been swapped on several occasions as a possible buyer, but now Spanish radio station Cadena SER want to know why the royals pulled out of the bid for the BVB striker. As a result, Haaland’s late adviser Mino Raiola wanted to anchor a €150m release clause in Haaland’s contract.

The clause is expected to come into play from the second year, giving the Norwegian a realistic chance to move on if things don’t go well for Los Blancos. However, Real president Florentino Perez vehemently rejected the clause. He doesn’t want to make such an expensive investment, with the risk that Haaland could leave the club for €150m in the second year. (REPORT: Haaland medical check apparently passed)

In Spain, according to labor law, it is mandatory to be able to change employers at any time. That’s why in Spain all players have a release clause. Clubs usually set the clauses high so that they are not withdrawn and a transfer fee has to be negotiated.

Will anyone be left at RB Leipzig after this summer? Chelsea FC boss Thomas Tuchel has his eye on a few players:

Signing Philippe Coutinho to FC Barcelona will be missed for ages, I guess. Either way, the ex-Bayern Munich midfielder is said to be on his way to Aston Villa to attempt a fresh start:

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