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Daily Schmankerl: Andrej Kramarić not interested in a move to Bayern; Arturo Vidal inching closer to Inter Milan; and MORE!

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Andrej Kramarić is reportedly not interested in moving to Bayern (TuttoMercatoWeb)

Hoffenheim front man Andrej Kramarić supposedly had an offer to move to Bayern, but was not interested in a relocation.

Andrej Kramarić has received several important offers in this summer market. Even Bayern Munich was in fact interested in the Croatian striker who seems to want to stay at the Hoffenheim. Kramarić has a contract until 2020 with the German club and wants to play the Champions League this season with the Hoffenheim.

Kramarić is a striker and attacking midfielder, that could possibly play on the left wing, but would seemingly be an excess purchase for Bayern at this stage. With Robert Lewandowski supposedly staying put, it would be hard to think where the Croatian would fit.

Inter Milan still negotiating for Arturo Vidal (Football Italia)

Arturo Vidal’s time in Germany looks like it might be coming to a close provided Bayern Munich and Inter Milan can reach an accord on how much the Chilean is worth. Inter Milan is still balking at the alleged €30M price tag on Vidal, but also knows that Die Roten is in a bit of a “must sell” scenario. Certainly the Italian club is aware that it has a bit of leverage.

Inter are said to be continuing to pursue the signing of Arturo Vidal from Bayern Munich, although they want the Germans to lower their asking price. The Nerazzurri have made the Chilean, formerly of Juventus, their next big target of the summer transfer window.

Corriere dello Sport reports that the midfielder would be happy to return to Serie A, while the Bundesliga champions are prepared to allow him to leave. However, the San Siro club are reported to want Bayern to drop their asking price lower than the €30m they are currently requesting. Vidal, who only has one year remaining on his contract with his current side, would be available on a free transfer next summer. Negotiations are set to continue between the clubs, with Inter confident of reaching an agreement.

Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, for his part, understands that there are just too many good players competing for time in the central midfield, as captured by Calciomercato.

We have stated several times that we have one, two extra midfielders in the team. We would rather do something that way, so that the coach does not suffer political stress. If there will be departures, but we will certainly work on it.

Mateo Kovačić wants to leave Real Madrid and Bayern is a possible desination (AS)

The Croatian midfielder may want out of Madrid, but Los Blancos don’t appear to eager to let him walk away so easily.

Real Madrid have got a problem with Mateo Kovacic. As far as the club is concerned, he is an important member of the squad and a player with a future (he’s still only 24), but the Croatian sees things very differently - he wants to leave Madrid this summer. In spite of all of that, the mood in the back offices at the Bernabéu remain calm about Kovacic’s situation. Staff are confident that they can change his mind and have stated that he is not for sale. All of the clubs who have made inquiries about the midfielder, including Manchester City, Roma and Bayern Munich, have been met with the same reply - he is not on the market. Madrid are not willing to sell Kovacic, regardless of the price offered.

The thought of adding another midfielder to this already crowded space seems crazy...

Pep still has a special place in his heart for Bayern (Bild)

Pep Guardiola may be toiling away in the Premier League, but he still speaks fondly of his time in Munich.

My memories are always human. I judge according to my feeling for the people - not for titles! I still have an apartment and friends there, always come back to Munich to see them. My family was happy too. That counts for me! Of course the dream of a big club like Bayern is to win the Champions League. And we were close to reaching the final especially against Atletico Madrid last year. But forget the results, forget what happened! It was a dream to be a Bayern coach. I will never say a bad word about the club. Bayern was an important part of my life.

Niko Kovač met with Guardiola at Bayern’s Qatar training camp in 2015, which left both men impressed. For Kovač, it was an opportunity to pick Guardiola’s brain.

It was a pleasure for me to sit in the training camp in Qatar at Pep, to chat with him. For me, Pep Guardiola the world’s best coach. I still have to do a lot, very much, to get anywhere near him.

Guardiola left that conversation impressed as well.

We drank coffee in Qatar at that time, we got along well. I like to talk with coaches, that’s how I started. Niko then went to Frankfurt, which was in a difficult situation. What he did there was fantastic!

Bayern’s list of who’s in and who’s out (AZ)

If you have had trouble keeping up with exactly who has come into Munich and who has left Bayern, well here you go:

Additions to FC Bayern:

Alex Timossi Andersson (17): Transfer from Helsingborg IF

Alphonso Davies (17): Transfer from the Vancouver Whitecaps

Serge Gnabry (22): Loan return from TSG 1899 Hoffenheim

Leon Goretzka (23): Free transfer from FC Schalke 04

Renato Sanches (20): Loan return from Swansea City

Departures at Bayern:

Fabian Benko (20): Free transfer to the Linz ASK

Douglas Costa (27): For 46 million euros to Juventus Turin

Niklas Dorsch (20): Free transfer to 1. FC Heidenheim

Felix Götze (20): Unknown transfer to FC Augsburg

Tom Starke (37): End of career

Timothy Tillman (19): One-year loan to 1. FC Nuremberg

A poll on a Pole...and other guys (Bavarian Football Works)

Now that James Rodriguez has officially gotten a “Best Friends” charm to split with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, the transfer rumor mill has started to settle on Robert Lewandowski (again!), Jerome Boateng, Arturo Vidal, and Thiago Alcantara.

Knowing that, the Daily Schmankerl has assembled a poll to find out, which player you hope has his situation resolved the quickest (for any reason!).


What transfer saga do you want to end one way or the other?

This poll is closed

  • 57%
    Robert Lewandowski
    (235 votes)
  • 14%
    Jerome Boateng
    (58 votes)
  • 17%
    Arturo Vidal
    (74 votes)
  • 10%
    Thiago Alcantara
    (45 votes)
412 votes total Vote Now

Neymar explains how to stop, drop, and roll like a pro (

A report out of Australia captured Neymar addressing his World Cup antics via a Gillette commercial.

You may think I exaggerate. And sometimes I do exaggerate. But the truth is I suffer on the pitch. When I leave without giving interviews it is not because I only want the victory laurels. It is because I still haven’t learned to disappoint you. When I look impolite, it is not because I am a spoiled kid. It is because I have not learned how to be frustrated.

Uh, okay. Neymar went on to say the this about his “style” of football.

Sometime charms the world, sometimes irritates the whole world. I fight to keep that boy alive inside of me, but not on the pitch.

Now it’s just weird.

You may think I fall too much. But the truth is I did not fall. I fell apart. That hurts more than any step on an operated ankle.

The piece ends with Neymar’s pledge to reform himself.

I took long to accept your criticism. I took long to look at myself in the mirror and become a new man. I fell, but only who falls can pick himself up. You can keep casting stones. Or throw these stones away and help me stand. When I stand, all of Brazil stands with me.

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