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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern could get Pavard early; Man U in on Vidal; Arsenal fans want Coman; and MORE!

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Bayern wants to secure Benjamin Pavard now (Neunzigplus.de)

VfB Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard’s stock has risen after a strong World Cup performance for France. Apparently, Bayern Munich is getting a little worried that some vultures may be waiting to swoop in on Pavard. The club thus might make a move for 2018-2019 instead of waiting until next June.

It was recently reported that Bayern prefers a transfer in the summer of 2019; VfB Stuttgart wants to keep the French player for another season anyway. The Rekordmeister now wants to make sure that no other club interferes.

According to RMC Sport from France, FC Bayern is conducting intensive talks with the agents of the young defender, but the reigning German champions have not made an official offer. According to the report, a transfer fee of 50 million euros would be necessary to induce VfB Stuttgart to sell him this summer.

The difference for getting Pavard now (€50M) as opposed to next year (€35M) is €15M. (Bow to the math genius!) In reality, it just comes down to whether or not Die Roten want to ensure they can lock down Pavard without interference at a moderate cost (depending on what you view as moderate). Given Pavard’s versatility (he can play center-back and outside-back) and the possibilities that Jerome Boateng may transfer out and Niko Kovač might opt for formations featuring three center backs, it just might be worth the extra €15M to expedite the process.

Manchester United again linked to Arturo Vidal (Sport Witness)

The Arturo Vidal to Manchester United rumors are popping up again, but the Red Devils are a bit skeptical of moving forward due to the Chilean’s balky knee.

So, we have Manchester United keen on Vidal but his knee injury is causing worry, it’s like 2014 all over again and the world surely doesn’t need to go through that transfer saga once more. Bild believe Vidal has a ‘market value’ of €35m, which seems a little high considering several factors. That knee, his age, only having a year of contract left, and that Bayern are apparently keen on parting ways.

Vidal is a warrior and a class player. The status of his knee is the only thing preventing any move from happening. Bayern may have to lower its asking price in an effort to help make a potential transfer of Vidal more palatable based on the status of his injury.

Arsenal fans want Coman! (The Mirror)

Per The Mirror, Arsenal fans have been getting excited by recent transfer rumors that have the Gunners ready to make a big move on Kingsley Coman.

The Gunners could yet bring in one more big name ahead of the start of the season despite already signing five more players. Amid links to the likes of Steven N’Zonzi, Adrien Rabiot and Rodrigo Bentancur, the one area of the squad which the majority of Gunners would like to see strengthened is out wide. Hence why beIN Sports claim that the north London outfit are weighing up a £44m bid for Coman has been met with positivity on social media.

Bayern, however, would probably not share in the enthusiasm on this one. With Coman considered a key to the future, it would appear Arsenal fans are just headed for a bit more disappointment.

Bayern wants offer from Barcelona for Thiago (AS)

If this report from AS is to be believed, it sounds as if Bayern is looking for Barcelona to set the market for Thiago.

At the Camp Nou, nobody has ruled out the return of Thiago Alcántara, even though they know any potential deal would be difficult. After five seasons at the Allianz Arena, Thiago knows that now is as good a time as any to return to the place where he grew up. He knows that despite the signing of Arthur, Barcelona need a player who would not need a lot of time to adapt to their style of play. Thiago is all for a move home and Bayern are reportedly willing to let him go provided they are recompensated fairly. The issues start when Barça ask for a place to start negotiating while the German side have refused. They want the Spanish side to make an offer and to start from there.

“They don’t want to put a price on him although Bayern would accept the move,” a sources told Diario AS.

Everyone can see that Bayern needs to make multiple moves, so it has truly become a buyer’s market on the Bayern midfield corps. It’s hard to think that nearly everyone but Leon Goretzka and Corentin Tolisso (and possibly Thomas Müller, too, depending if you include him in the mix of midfielders) are on the bargaining table. Speaking of which...

Renato Sanches linked (yet again) to Benfica (Sport Bild)

Renato Sanches could earn a trip back to Portugal if Bayern and Benfica can work out the details.

Now the Portuguese “A Bola” reports that Benfica president Luís Filipe Vieira wants to bring Bayern’s midfielder back to Portugal. The aim is a lending business, initial talks have even been conducted, they say. Sanches had started his career in the youth of Benfica, had become a professional there, matured to the shooting star.

Look, with so many midfielders in tow, a loan to Benfica may be a move that helps everyone involved. The thought of Sanches climbing over so many experienced and capable veterans for field time in Munich is probably not realistic. A loan to a place where Sanches will have some level of comfort (unlike Swansea City) could be a boost for the youngster and also provide him more field time.

Bayern offers calendar sync for team events (FCBayern.com)

If you are like me, you can barely function without a calendar to constantly remind you of things you need to be doing. Leave it to Bayern to have your back and keep you up to date on all the vital club games and events.

The new season is around the corner and first detailed timings have been confirmed. For all fans, who want to get right behind FC Bayern with their support in the coming campaign, fcbayern.com are again providing the opportunity to subscribe to online fixture lists for the U17, U19, Reserves, Women’s and senior teams. Just click HERE to select the desired fixture list - where available - then click on the ‘free subscription’ button. The calendar automatically updates itself if fixture dates change and is therefore always up-to-date.