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Daily Schmankerl: Rummenigge on Pulisic; Rebić transfer news; Bayern squad updates; and MORE!

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It’s game day in Philly, so we’ve got you covered with all the new bits of the day to go along with your morning coffee!

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It’s not always sunny in Philadelphia (Bavarian Weather Works)

We have had some of the most bizarre weather in years this week in Philadelphia and today — the one day Bayern Munich is in town for a game — it’s currently raining and could rain all day. In addition, we’ve got possible thunderstorm activity per weather.com.

On the bright side, it’s perfect bar room weather for pregame activities.

[Editorial note: Stay brave, Chuck.]

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge teases Dortmund over Pulisic (Bild)

When thinking of players that Niko Kovač might value in the Bundesliga, one of those athletes is Borussia Dortmund man Christian Pulisic, who has been linked to Bayern at different times this year. Bayern CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, obviously, played coy about a potential move for the Pennsylvania product.

Pulisic is a very good player. But I have a good relationship with my colleague in Dortmund. I don’t want to make him nervous.

Pulisic’s ability to play the wing or in an attacking midfield role is the type of versatility that Kovač covets in his players. That said, a move for Pulisic does not appear to be in the works for Bayern . . . at least right now.

Manchester United in hot pursuit of Ante Rebić (The Independent)

Reports out of Germany this morning allege that Bayern have submitted an official offer to Eintracht Frankfurt for Ante Rebić, which we will cover with full details when we receive source material. In the meantime, however, per a report by The Independent, Manchester United may be in the driver’s seat to land the fiery Croatian winger:

Jose Mourinho is now considering alternatives to Willian, with Croatia’s World Cup star Ante Rebic the latest name to attract the Manchester United manager’s attention. The Portuguese is determined to bring in the type of wide player he feels is essential to his system this summer and, although Willian has long been his primary target from their time together at Chelsea, the difficulty of a deal has led to United looking at other targets.

Any pursuit would not quite be as complicated as other targets, since there is now a feeling the 24-year-old could do with a step-up from Eintracht Frankfurt, though United could face competition from Bayern Munich were they to eventually make a move.

Rebić is one of those players who has just done wonders for his value over the past three months. He plays with great pace and has a nasty physical streak that is really fun to watch on the wing.

Bild went full Us Weekly with pics of Thomas Müller and his wife on vacation (Bild)

While most of the squad is in the United States for the Audi Tour, Thomas Müller got in one last getaway before his return to Munich.

Soon his extra World-Cup vacation will be over — but Bayern star Thomas Müller (28) and his wife Lisa want to enjoy it to the end! While his teammates with FC Bayern are already on tour in the USA, Muller is taking a romantic vacation on Sardinia (Italy) with wife Lisa (28). On the sandy beach of the Mediterranean island, the two come oh so close together, cuddle, and exchange intimate kisses in the water.

When the two are at their beach chairs, the national player also massages his wife’s back. You can also celebrate Lisa’s riding success with this event. At the beginning of July she became Bavarian champion with the horse Felice at the five year old dressage horses. At the weekend both were visiting the CHIO in Aachen. Wednesday is then over with Bussi-free time. Then, like all other German internationals, Thomas Müller has to take the first performance test with the Bavarian doctors at Säbener Straße. Quite a lot of Amore - even after almost nine years of marriage. Enviable this Müller!

I am well aware that this translation is not correct, but it is so perfect I just left it. Judging by the write-up, whoever wrote that for Bild clearly needed some “alone time” after viewing the pictures posted on Bild. In reality, though, we should all be so lucky to have a “makes love holiday.

KHR on Uli: “He never liked the player Özil very much” (TZ)

Rummenigge was asked about Uli Hoeness’ “straight fire” attack on Mesut Özil and the overall drama that has blown up from the Özil-DFB melee.

I’m always close to Uli Hoeneß. I think he never liked the player Özil very much. And it got on his nerves a bit that such a racism issue was spun from it. I think Özil himself and also the DFB look bad here.

Rummenigge can hopefully talk Hoeness into letting this one die on the vine from here.

As always, Berni delivers (@FCBayernUS)

Throwing out the first pitch at a Major League Baseball game can produce horrific results as evidenced by 50 Cent and Howard Stern’s producer Gary Dell’Abate (you really need to watch the videos on these links for perspective), who have arguably thrown the two worst “first pitches” known to man.

Berni, however, delivered and while maybe his pitch was a little high, he put it over the plate and right to the best mascot in sports, the Philly Phanatic.

Bayern goes “Full Stallone” and visits Rocky statue (@FCBayernUS)

True story: There is a segment of the Philadelphia “Art population” that is actually appalled the statue is still in the vicinity of the Art Museum. Loosen up folks.