July 31, 2022
Daily Schmankerl: Liverpool, Tottenham Hotspur join Real Madrid in competition for Bayern Munich’s Serge Gnabry;  A mass exodus from Real Madrid;  FC Barcelona might want Darwin Nunez from Benfica;  A Champions League prediction;  and more!

Tottenham Hotspur put their hat in the ring for Bayern Munich star Serge Gnabry:

Tottenham Hotspur have been given a boost amid surprise links with a stunning move for Serge Gnabry, with Goal reporting the striker is considering leaving Bayern Munich this summer. Speculation around Gnabry’s future is building before the end of the season. His contract with the Bavarian giants expires at the end of the next campaign.

Reports from February claimed Tottenham were interested in signing the Bayern star. Meanwhile, Chelsea also had their eye on the 26-year-old. Obviously, difficult to know what the Blues will be able to do this summer. But Spurs are in the game to secure a Champions League return next season. And they may have ambitious moves in sight in the next window.

Blocking Gnabry’s re-signing with Bayern Munich appears to be his salary, although you might also wonder if the club are as desperate to retain him now as they would have been last year. It’s no slight on Gnabry’s ability, but the likely change in formation, the emergence of Jamal Musiala and the development of Paul Wanner and Gabriel Vidovic have increased the number of bodies that will bide time at the two attacking positions of the midfielder for the next one. season, coach Julian Nagelsmann should definitely switch to a 3-4-2-1 formation.

Thomas Müller, Leroy Sane and Kingsley Coman are the three best options for the two positions at this stage – and all command salaries of 15 million euros or more.

We can also add Liverpool to the list of clubs that want Gnabry (along with Tottenham Hotspur and Real Madrid):

Liverpool are monitoring Serge Gnabry’s situation at Bayern Munich as they consider a move for the striker. That’s according to Goal, who claim the Reds have ‘identified Gnabry as a potential replacement for Mohamed Salah’. Jurgen Klopp is said to be a ‘passionate admirer’ of the 26-year-old, who has a contract until 2023.

If – and it’s still relatively important if at this stage – Gnabry decides to move on, Liverpool would be about as well placed to maximize Gnabry’s talents as anywhere else. However, it could be difficult for Gnabry to consistently find time on the pitch should Mo Salah re-join Liverpool.

Certainly, there would be playing time available, but a permanent sport in the starting XI could be in question. As for Real Madrid, Fabrizio Romano provided the latest info on his podcast:

What a week, huh? Bayern Munich returned to action with a dominating (albeit controversial) 4-1 victory over SC Freiburg, extending their Bundesliga lead to 9 points with just 6 games remaining. With the Champions League quarter-finals fast approaching, there’s a lot to talk about as we prepare for the end of the season.

In this episode, Ineednoname and Schnitzel discuss:

  • Is the Bundesliga title race over and dusted off?
  • Complaining about the poor quality of Borussia Dortmund this season.
  • INNN makes a bold title race prediction. Is Schnitzel okay?
  • Why RB Leipzig will likely be Bayern’s main challenger for the title next season.
  • Go to around 11 minutes if you’re only here for the Villarreal preview.
  • How could Julian Nagelsmann line up against them? Talking about programming options and the availability of Alphonso Davies, Leon Goretzka and Robert Lewandowski.
  • About the opponents: How did Villarreal beat Juventus to qualify for the quarter-finals?
  • Schnitzel tries to force INNN to make a prediction on the game.
  • Should Leroy Sane play on the right or on the left against Villarreal?
  • Will Niklas Sule return to the starting XI? Who is he repelling – Upamecano or Nianzou?
  • Closing with our review of Germany’s World Cup squad. Can Germany pull through?

FC Barcelona is putting in place a contingency plan in the event that it does not obtain Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich or Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund. Target? Benfica’s Darwin Nunez:

And, according to a report from Directo Gol, Barcelona are eyeing SL Benfica and Uruguay striker Darwin Nunez as potential alternatives if they fail to land Haaland or Lewandowski this summer.

I didn’t put this prediction in its normal place (The Weekend Warm-up) because I’m dope, but here goes:

Bayern Munich will face Villarreal in the Champions League and will probably be as healthy as they can get (all things considered) for this stage of the season. Alphonso Davies could return. Niklas Süle could be back. Robert Lewandowski had a few more days for his diseased ribs to heal. Leon Goretzka has already returned and doesn’t look like he missed a beat.

Things are looking up for the Bavarians, but Villarreal – although outmatched – won’t be a breeze.

Expect the Spanish club to try to slow the game down by spoiling it, but Bayern Munich’s overall quality will shine for a hard-earned win.

Prediction: Villarreal 0-2 Bayern Munich

Alright, if you’re a Celtic fan, this is for you. Let’s be clear, Christopher Scott is a good prospect, but he is not on the same level as Kai Havertz of Chelsea FC. We just want to help you upgrade:

Sky Deutschland announced last week that Celtic, along with Brentford, are targeting Bayern Munich’s Christopher Scott. The Hoops are “serious suitors” to secure his signature, potentially for a bargain of £250,000.

And, according to Falk, the much-loved Scott turned down Bayern’s offer of a new contract. He is highly regarded at the Allianz Arena, training regularly with the first team and having made his Bundesliga debut under Hansi Flick.

A technically gifted attacking midfielder, Scott has been compared to Chelsea’s £71million man Kai Havertz.

Bayern Munich and SC Freiburg played out a first half low in expected goals and low in real action. Bayern looked dominant but not really likely to score until Leon Goretzka opened the scoring.

We cover the following topics in this podcast:

  • Whether Bayern played with a back four or a back three
  • The return of Leon Goretzka and his influence in midfield
  • Nils Petersen’s moment
  • Excellence by Thomas Müller
  • Why Bayern may have been lucky today
  • Why there sometimes seemed to be a lack of sharpness
  • Making sense of the bizarre happenings towards the end
  • The exclusion of Kevin Schade and Woo-yeong Jeong
  • A thought or two on Villarreal’s next clash.

Robert Lewandowski looks coerced in these (awful) images:

Real Madrid could lose a group of players this summer, including Gareth Bale, Luka Jovic, Dani Ceballos, Jesus Vallejo, Alvaro Odriozola and Mariano Diaz:

Gareth Bale’s exit next summer is already done. After nine years, the Welshman and Real Madrid have parted ways, ending what was long considered a mistake.

But it’s not just Bale who is set to leave the team, according to Spanish newspaper Marca, there are other well-known players on the list of possible departures – including former Frankfurt star Luka Jovic, who has moved to Madrid for around 50 million euros. The Serb has recently been linked with Arsenal FC.

Dani Ceballos, who spent the last two seasons with the Gunners and returned to the Bernabeu earlier this season, is also said to have left the team.

For defender Jesus Vallejo and striker Mariano Diaz, there should be no place in the royal squad either. Vallejo is likely to find a new La Liga club, while Mariano is reportedly interested in re-signing Olympique Lyon – he was there in 2017/18.

Alvaro Odriozola is the last name on the list. The right-back, who was on loan at Bayern Munich in 2020, is currently on loan at Fiorentina. He has made 19 Serie A appearances this season.

Would you have an interest in these players if you were Bayern Munich? I think you already know where I am.

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