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Daily Schmankerl: Renato Sanches links to PSG heating up; James will sit out for Colombia; and MORE!

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The Bastian Schweinsteiger testimonial, the German national team was named, the UCL drawing, the transfer window is closing, and a match against VfB Stuttgart...it’s madness around here.

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Renato Sanches has become a primary target for PSG in the waning moments of the transfer window (kicker)

The career of Renato Sanches at Bayern Munich has been pretty rife with two primary feelings that seemingly rotate on an ongoing basis: hope and disappointment. Now, however, it appears the club may be seeking one last sentiment: closure.

Bayern coach Niko Kovac had praised himself a few weeks ago about FCB returnee Renato Sanches and predicted him “many good games for Bayern” this season. But now things could be different: in the final days of the transfer phase, there is a possible change of the Portuguese player to Paris Saint-Germain. The Tuchel Club has given its interest in a commitment to Bayern.

In addition to the kicker report, AZ is asking the question “Is the patience of Bayern used up?” You want even more? Bild states that there are “French media reports” that PSG could pay up to “€40M” for Sanches.

When this news broke on Tuesday, we speculated that any arrangement would be a loan, but if a full sale is on the table, Bayern is likely exploring its financial options and how it can recoup some of the money (€35M) it doled out for Sanches in the first place. If PSG really does come calling with a €40M offer (seems outrageous!), Bayern should take it.

We know the clubs are already in contact regarding Juan Bernat, so it would not be a total surprise if the discussion shifted to Sanches.

Stay tuned!

James Rodriguez left off Colombia squad for international play (Xinhuanet)

In what is probably a relief for most Bayern fans, James Rodriguez will spend his international break on the sidelines instead of with the Colombian national team.

Bayern Munich midfielder James Rodriguez has been left out of Colombia’s squad for upcoming friendlies against Venezuela and Argentina, the Colombian Football Federation (FCF) said on Tuesday. Interim coach Arturo Reyes said the 27-year-old’s omission would allow him to continue his recovery from a calf injury sustained during the World Cup in Russia in June. ”It was agreed that it was not the right time to call him up,” said Reyes, who was named caretaker coach last week amid an impasse in the FCF’s attempt to renew the contract of Jose Pekerman. ”He will certainly be with us for the next friendlies, but the most important thing for now is that he completes his recovery process and gets back into matches progressively,” Reyes added.

Die Mannschaft jersey numbers are released (@DFB_Team)

Just in the event you were eyeing up a purchase...

Ivan Rakitic expecting new deal with FC Barcelona (BarcaBlaugranes.com)

Croatian midfielder Ivan Rakitic, who was linked to Bayern in some odd rumors over the course of the summer, is expecting to receive a new deal with the Barca per a report by Sport that was captured by our sister site, BarcaBlaugranes.com.

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 have 6 clubs onboard so far, including FC Bayern Munich Fan Club - St. Petersburg, Florida, who we profiled last Friday on Match Day 1.

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: barrelsportsblog@gmail.com.