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Daily Schmankerl: Renato Sanches drawing loan interest; Bayern rumored to be scoping Juventus winger; Alphonso Davies does it all; and MORE!

The transfer window is closing this week, buckle up and hang on!

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Fenerbahçe S.K. is interested in Renato Sanches (Sport Bild)

The Turkish club in Istanbul is eager to bring in Bayern midfielder Renato Sanches on a loan.

The Turkish “Fanatik” reported that Fenerbahce Istanbul is interested in a loan. Accordingly, the Turkish top club would pay Bayern Munich 2.5 million euros. Sanches’ contract with the German record champions runs until 2021.

Bayern, for its part, seems content to hang on to Sanches and keep him in Munich in an apprentice role:

However, it seems unlikely that Bayern will loan the European champion of 2016 again. New coach Niko Kovac wants to help the 21-year-old back to his old strength, as he said during preparation for the season to kicker: “Renato is a very simple boy. He needs affection, support from all sides. He will certainly make many good games for Bayern this season.”

Being real here, Sanches has zero shot of jumping over all of the talent in front of him to achieve any type of regular role this season. I am not saying that Fenerbahce is the best landing spot for a loan, but at 21 years old, Sanches needs to play week-to-week, but also be in an every day training environment where he can hone his skills properly. Understandably, this is a delicate and hard-to-find balance in a loan partner.

I am in favor of finding a good place to loan Sanches, though Fenerbahce might not be exactly be the best destination. The Bayern front office should be looking at options to see if there is a better way to help Sanches develop, even if that means a destination within the Bundesliga.

Niko Kovač is going to have enough trouble trying to divide playing time with the players currently in the rotation even if Sebastian Rudy finalizes a deal to leave. Finding Sanches a good environment to grow in, would be a huge assist to the new coach on a few levels even if he views Sanches as his personal reclamation project.

Bayern Munich rumored to be looking at Juventus winger as replacement for Kingsley Coman (Calciomercato)

Worried about how Kingsey Coman’s injury will affect Die Roten?

According to what has been reported by the German media, Bayern Munich are thinking of signing Juan Cuadrado; after an injury to Kingsley Coman which could see the Frenchman out for 2 months. Cuadrado is in danger of losing his place in the Juventus team, having been an unused substitution in Juventus 2-0 win over Lazio this evening. Juventus have the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Federico Bernardeschi, Douglas Costa, Paulo Dybala and Mario Mandzukic available to them in attacking positions, leaving little room for Cuadrado to get the game-time he may desire. Cuadrado, 30, signed for Juventus in 2017 from Chelsea, after spending 2 years at the club on loan. The tricky winger has 74 caps for the Colombian national team and was part of the squad at this summer’s FIFA World Cup – where they were eliminated in the first knockout round by England on penalties.

This doesn’t overly excite about you?


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Alphonso Davies showed his versatility for Vancouver (@farhandevji)

Alphonso Davies started on the wing for the Vancouver Whitecaps against San Jose last night. Davies, however, showed his versatility and moved to left back in the 55th minute per Whitecaps content producer Farhan Devji, who captured the excellent sequence below of Davies going all out defensively:

Vancouver won the game 3-2.

ICYMI: Our Computer Generated Bundesliga in up and running (

If you haven’t caught the opening two features, give them a look. FC Budz and Wacker 09 are in the books and FC Kale is on the way.

Free player printing on 2018-2019 jerseys today only on (@FCBayernEN)

If you were debating on splurging on a 2018-2019 jersey (for that minty fresh feeling! or maybe just the traditional - and great - red home kit), today could be your day to pull the trigger! Free player printing on any of the four, available kits.

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A call for fan groups (

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

I’d LOVE 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:

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