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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern looking at Nikola Milenković; another farewell to Alphonso Davies; and MORE!

It’s game day as Bayern Munich looks to keep its upward trend going...

ACF Fiorentina v Atalanta BC - Serie A Photo by Gabriele Maltinti/Getty Images

Bayern may still be targeting Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenković (Insidefutbol.com)

Bayern Munich has been scouting Nikola Milenković and might be able to get him for (gulp) €50M:

Bayern Munich have lodged an enquiry for Fiorentina defender Nikola Milenkovic, who is in the radar of Manchester United and Juventus. The centre-back, who went to the World Cup in Russia with the Serbia national team, has quickly established himself as a central figure in Florence following his arrival last summer.

The 21-year-old’s performances so far this season have not gone unnoticed with a number of clubs, including Manchester United and Juventus, keeping a close eye on his development in Serie A. However, according to Italian outlet Tutto Mercato, Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich have now upped the ante by lodging an enquiry for the defender in a bid to try and snare him away from Tuscany.

Pantaleo Corvino, Fiorentina’s sporting director, has quoted the German giants a price of €50M as the minimum needed to enter into talks for Milenkovic. Milenkovic has a contract that runs until 2022 with Fiorentina and is regarded as an integral member of the first team under Stefano Pioli after playing every single minute of their Serie A campaign so far this season.

Bayern vs. Mainz is a battle of Old vs. Young or just plain Good vs. Bad? You be the judge (@Bundesliga_EN)

Regardless of those facts, this should be a game that Bayern dominates. Mainz is inconsistent, makes a lot of mistakes, and has been sloppy overall this season. That said, Mainz has played a physically tough and brave style.

What Mainz is likely will do is pack it in and look to control how much damage it takes. Bayern always seems to get unhinged when the bus is parked firmly on the pitch, so it will be interesting to see if Die Roten can adapt quickly find a way to breakthrough.

I just can’t see Mainz stepping up to play Bayern like Hertha Berlin, Borussia Monchengladbach, and even Wolfsburg did, so it could be an ugly game in a lot of ways. In the end talent - and I guess experience - will prevail.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 3, Mainz 0.

Vancouver Whitecaps release farewell video to Alphonso Davies (@WhitecapsFC)

The Alphonso Davies “Farewell to Vancouver Tour” in ongoing.

Bayern Fan Club produced good World Series tweet (@MiaSanMass)

The Los Angeles Dodgers outlasted the Boston Red Sox, 3-2, in an epic 18 inning game last night. Hopefully Bayern can help our friends over at the FC Bayern Pack MASS group shake off that tough loss by securing a “W” today for the Massachusetts-based folks.

A call for fan groups (BavarianFootballWorks.com)

We are trying something here at the Daily Schmankerl and need YOUR help. If you read my man Tommy Adams’ piece about his experience with the FCBNYC Fan Club (if you haven’t, SHAME ON YOU!), you could see how great the event was. So we want to highlight some of these wonderful groups that are out there globally and this is what we need from you:

  • Name of the group
  • Location
  • Year founded
  • Leadership (if you have people are kind of running the show)
  • Meeting place
  • Social media handles
  • Pictures

We want to be able to feature a different fan group every week this season. Maybe we can do it, maybe not...but only YOU can help decide the fate of this idea. Send your info to: barrelsportsblog@gmail.com

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