October 11, 2022
Daily Schmankerl: Latest on Cristiano Ronaldo at Bayern Munich;  PSG and Real Madrid step up pursuit of Liverpool’s Sadio Mane;  Chelsea eyes Ousmane Dembele;  Romelu Lukaku back at Inter Milan?;  Gareth Bale to Cardiff City?;  and more!

Bayern Munich’s off-season has already been absolutely crazy, but the rumors that erupted last weekend linking the Rekordmeister with Manchester United mega-star Cristiano Ronaldo seemed to be pushing things to a fever pitch.

Alas, however, the fervor that developed around the Ronaldo news was probably for naught. In fact, Sport Bild’s Christian Falk reports that Ronaldo isn’t in Bayern Munich’s plans – even if Robert Lewandowski leaves this summer:

If you want a next-level conspiracy theory, you can read this phrasing and say to yourself, “Okay, that just denies it’s Ronaldo, but that could be another Mendes client, right? ?”

Um, I guess, so who else does Mendes represent? Let’s take a look at the most notable players (per FootballTransfers.com):

  • Ruben Dias
  • Bernardo Silva
  • Fabinho
  • Joao Cancelo
  • Diogo Jota
  • Ederson
  • Ruben Neves
  • Andre Silva
  • Renato Sanches
  • Adama Traore
  • Nelson Semedo
  • Angel Di Maria
  • James Rodriguez

In the past, Bayern Munich have been linked with Joao Cancelo and Andre Silva, but moves for either player seem highly unlikely at this stage.

I’m not part of #TeamCristiano here, so it’s not a big loss for me. For those of you who wanted to, explain why you felt that way in the comments.

While Sadio Mane has reportedly reached a deal with Bayern Munich, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid could be ready to try to increase their respective offers to convince Mane to change his mind:

Liverpool’s Sadio Mane looks set to leave the club this summer as Bayern Munich close in on the striker, but the German champions now face competition from Paris Saint-Germain. Bayern Munich are heavily linked with a move for Mane, but Bild are now reporting that PSG are also part of this race to sign the 30-year-old.

The report says the Ligue 1 champions are ready to spend big on the Senegal international and with the funding the Parisian club have, they could outbid Bayern and offer Mane significantly higher wages. At the moment, Bayern are ready to pay an initial fee of £30m to sign Mane from Liverpool according to Sky Sport in Germany and the Bundesliga side have already made their offer, with up to £10m. euros available as a bonus.

Barca Universal have also captured some news which could complicate things for Bayern Munich. Real Madrid are also said to be in contention for Mane:

BILD (h/t SPORT) claims the Bundesliga champions have identified Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane as their preferred candidate to replace Lewandowski at the Allianz Arena. Indeed, it has even been claimed that Die Roten are progressing towards landing the Liverpool striker.

However, according to the report, Bayern Munich could be about to face obstacles in their pursuit of Mane, with Real Madrid and PSG emerging as suitors for the Senegalese speedster.

Both Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur are expected to push hard to sign former Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso:

Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso is open to a move to England this summer after announcing he will be leaving the German champions this summer. The French midfielder is at the end of his contract this summer and he has confirmed that he will not extend his stay in the Bundesliga.

Tottenham and Newcastle have been linked with a move for the midfielder in the past and could look to take advantage of his free availability at the end of this month. And the 27-year-old has now admitted a move to England would suit his style of play, but refused to rule out a move to any league.

It’s been two weeks since our last main episode, and a lot of news has come out since then. Although there are no games to discuss, Bayern Munich are at the center of a transfer storm involving clubs across Europe. As Robert Lewandowski continues to push for a move to Barcelona, ​​Brazzo and Nagelsmann are eyeing Liverpool’s Sadio Mane as a major transfer move for the summer. Meanwhile, the fanbase begins to speculate what the team will look like in two months.

In this episode, INNN and Teddy discuss:

  • Sadio Mane transfer in depth – how much would he cost, where would he play if he came and how would Bayern use him?
  • The implications of signing Mane on the rest of the squad, especially Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry.
  • The potential pitfalls of a Mane transfer to Bayern.
  • Should Bayern Munich switch to a strikerless system next season?
  • Can Julian Nagelsmann really pull off a strikerless system? Does he even want it?
  • The problem with moving to an attackerless system.
  • A strikerless system or a Lewandowski replacement – which is better?
  • Moving on to the last topic, what exactly is Bayern’s plan for transfers this summer?
  • So many questions to answer – do Bayern want a centre-back? What are the main targets of the summer? What will the team look like next season? What is the team’s biggest weakness? Are the needs met?
  • Should Julian Nagelsmann be more or less involved in transfer planning?
  • What will Bayern look like at the start of next season?

Gareth Bale could be considering a move to Cardiff City:

One of the biggest names who could move this summer is Bale, who is fresh off winning his fifth Champions League medal after Real Madrid’s 1-0 win over Liverpool.

The bookies have Championship club Cardiff as favorites to sign him which could be an incredible addition for the Welsh side.

Bale grew up as a Bluebirds fan and plays home games for the Wales national team at Cardiff City Stadium.

Ahead of the World Cup at the end of the year – which Wales can qualify for when they play Scotland or Ukraine on Sunday – boss Robert Page says a move to the second level “makes sense” and “checks all the boxes”. …

Chelsea FC already have a glut of players for their attack… and could be interested in adding Ousmane Dembele from FC Barcelona:

Dembele could also be on the move after an equally disappointing transfer. He joined Barcelona for £135m from Borussia Dortmund five years ago but injuries have prevented him from fulfilling his potential.

Reports say the 25-year-old could be one of the first signings in Todd Boehly’s reign as Chelsea owner. PSG have been heavily linked with his return to France, however, which could see him replace Angel di Maria, who Juventus are targeting on a free transfer.

It looks like Romelu Lukaku could be on his way back to Inter Milan:

Romelu Lukaku has agreed to join Inter Milan on loan next season, according to reports in Italy – with the Chelsea star set to take a £3.8m wage cut to seal a one-year return to Serie A after leaving San Siro.

Italian outlet La Gazzetta dello Sport say the 29-year-old has agreed to join Inter on loan for the 2022-23 campaign with the decision now in the hands of both clubs.


FC Barcelona could be plotting to get Romelu Lukaku as a contingency plan in case Robert Lewandowski isn’t available this summer:

On Friday we learned that Romelu Lukaku could join Inter Milan, but now FC Barcelona could be interested in the Belgian if things fall apart with Robert Lewandowski:

Barcelona are considering a move for Romelu Lukaku if he fails in his bid to land Robert Lewandowski this summer, according to a report from Mundo Deportivo. Sadio Mane is also pictured.

Ronald Koeman had wanted to sign Lukaku in the summer of 2020 but Barcelona’s economic conditions prevented him from doing so. The couple had worked together at Everton.

Former Chelsea FC defender and German international Antonio Rüdiger has announced his move to Real Madrid:

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