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Reports out of England think Aaron Ramsey-to-Bayern will happen (Daily Mail)

Could Bayern Munich be all-in on Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey?

German giants Bayern Munich are confident they have beaten Liverpool and Chelsea in the race for Arsenal midfielder Aaron Ramsey. The Wales international’s contract runs out next summer and the Gunners took a new deal off the table in September, eventually telling Ramsey that he was not in Unai Emery’s long-term plans. Now it looks like Bayern will snap up the Welsh international on a free transfer next summer, according to The Indepedent.

There has been plenty of interest in the midfielder since it became clear he would be leaving the Emirates after 10 seasons, and both Chelsea and Liverpool were among the English clubs keen to get a deal done.

But Bayern now believe they have seen off competition from both the Premier League and abroad, and that Ramsey will move to Germany next summer. Ramsey is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with a foreign club in January and the deal is said to be similar to that of Leon Goretzka, who moved to Bayern from Schalke on a free transfer in the summer, signing a four-year contract.

The news will also provide a welcome boost for Bayern, who, despite claiming the last six Bundesliga titles, have had a stuttering start to Niko Kovac’s first campaign in charge.

The Welshman is 27 and has been rumored to be on Bayern’s radar previously.

Arsene Wenger reportedly rejects Fulham in hopes of Bayern gig (Metro)

#WengerIn?

Arsene Wenger rejected the opportunity to replace Slavisa Jokanovic as Fulham manager because he is holding out for the Bayern Munich job, according to reports. Fulham announced the departure of Jokanovic – and the arrival of his replacement, Claudio Ranieri – in a statement on Wednesday, though they spoke to a number of other candidates prior to making the appointment. According to the Telegraph, Wenger was their first choice but he turned the club down for two reasons, one of which is his desire to take over at Bayern.

Or....

Zinedine Zidane linked to Bayern (Calciomercato)

Because you can NEVER have enough French coaching candidates for a job that is not even open.

According to the Spanish media, Bayern are thinking of a change on the bench. Negotiations with former Real Madrid coach Zidane are reportedly well underway.As reported by Ok Diario, after the 2-3 defeat against Borussia Dortmund, Niko Kovac’s bench is at risk at the Allianz Arena. The Bayern management, in fact, would not be pleased with the team’s performances and standings, as the Bavarian side is 7 points away from Dortmund in the league standings.

That is why Bayern would have already submitted an offer to Zinedine Zidane, who is without a job since leaving Real Madrid at the end of last season. The Frenchman has a good relationship with the management of the German club and if Kovac continues to disappoint, negotiations could become more and more lively.

Zidane had been previously linked to the Manchester United job, as well as a directorial role at Juventus, which, however, is reportedly not what interests him at the moment, as he wants to continue coaching.

Bundesliga outscoring Euro league foes (Bundesliga.com)

You want action? Come watch the Bundesliga.

Put aside England’s Premier League and forget France’s Ligue 1 ; say arrivederci to Serie A and hasta luego to the Spanish La Liga, the Bundesliga leads them all with an astonishing five-year German top-flight high goals-per-game ratio. We’ve had 3-3s and 4-3s, 7-1s and 4-2s in what has been an electrifying Bundesliga season so far.

Altogether, the total number of goals after only 11 Matchdays is 312 - that’s 48 more than at the same stage last season. In fact, there have only been more Bundesliga goals at this point on three previous occasions this millennium, and the table compared with Europe’s other top leagues speaks for itself...

1. Bundesliga (3.15 goals per game)

2. Italian Serie A (2.79)

3. English Premier League (2.75)

4. French Ligue 1 (2.64)

5. Spanish La Liga 2.53

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