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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern in the running for Adrien Rabiot and Lucas Vasquez; Kingsley Coman starts rehab; Thiago “tempted” and MORE!

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Bayern will not rest until it has collected ALL the midfielders.

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Bayern shows interest in Adrien Rabiot (Sport Witness)

Because you can never have enough midfielders (right?), Bayern Munich is joining Chelsea, Tottenham, FC Barcelona, Manchester City, and Juventus in a race of juggernauts to land Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot.

Rabiot, whose contract expires with PSG next June, is just 23 but has made quite a name for himself with his ability to patrol the central midfield.

L’Equipe explains the player’s situation in today’s edition and they claim, as he delays signing a new deal with the Ligue 1 winners, other clubs across Europe continue to monitor his situation, and Chelsea are ‘on the lookout’ for Rabiot, along with Juventus and Bayern Munich. There is a possibility that Thomas Tuchel could make him sit on the bench so that he is forced to sign an extension, but the situation is more complicated than expected because the German coach lacks more options in his position.

Rabiot’s ability to leave for free in June has placed PSG in a very tenuous situation. Given the seemingly strained relationship between the player the club, PSG may have no alternative but to watch him leave unless a bidder or two get jumpy during the winter transfer window and make Les Parisiens an offer.

Besides Barca, Juventus, City, and Tottenham are chatting with the Clan #Rabiot. They would like to talk to Nasser directly, but they can go abroad. Tense relationship between #Henrique and #Rabiot.

Bayern also scoping Lucas Vázquez per “reliable” source (Don Balol)

It’s been a while since we had the Don in the Schmankerl...welcome back old friend! Per Don Balon, Bayern has eyes on Real Madrid’s Lucas Vázquez as a potential “Robbery” replacement.

The German team has several objectives for the winter market, where several players are expected to arrive after a disappointing summer. And James knows that one of those objectives is in Real Madrid.

It’s about Lucas Vázquez. The Galician winger is just counting for Lopetegui, and Bayern are looking for players from bands that can give rest to some older Robben and Ribéry. In addition, the serious injury of Coman also complicates things to Niko Kovac, who would be happy to have a player as vertical as Lucas. Bayern is still committed to not spend too much money, and believe that Lucas could come for a price that would be around 30 million euros. In addition, they know that the player would not look bad with the operation.

Zinedine Zidane’s possible move to Manchester United could “tempt” Thiago per tabloid (Daily Mail)

Just yesterday, it was reported that Zinedine Zidane was amassing an army of players to put on his wish list in the event he lands at Manchester United; chief among them were Thiago Alcantara and James Rodriguez. United, of course, was one of the teams bidding on Thiago when he ultimately moved to Bayern.

The latest suitor to be burped out of the rumor mill is Manchester United. Amid reports that Zinedine Zidane is set to oust Jose Mourinho at Old Trafford, Thiago is one of several high profile names said to be on the Frenchman’s wish list. United, of course, have been here before. They came close to signing Thiago in 2013, before Bayern beat them to the punch. Barely had the words ‘Thiago or nothing’ left Guardiola’s lips before Bayern swooped to whisk him from under the noses of United.

Six years later, the chances of Thiago heading to Old Trafford may be higher, and not only because playing under Zidane would be an altogether a more attractive prospect than playing under David Moyes. After a frustrating, injury-ridden six years in Munich, it has also long been on the cards that Thiago may move away.

Kingsley Coman starts rehab as Bayern prepares for Leverkusen (FCBayern.com)

With most of his teammates having returned to training after the international break, Kingsley Coman will get moving on his rehabilitation efforts.

While his colleagues were sweating on the lawn, Kingsley Coman completed an individual rehabilitation program at the center after his syndesmotic ligament tear. Thiago, Robert Lewandowski and David Alaba have not yet returned to Munich. All of them are in international duty in the evening. The same applies to Renato Sanches, who played an international match against Italy on Monday night.

Lars Stindl back on the training field (@borussia_en)

Lars Stindl suffered a serious ankle injury last April, which ruled him out of contention for a World Cup spot. The Borussia Monchengladbach captain is back in team training this week with his sights set on a return to the Bundesliga.

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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 7 clubs on board so far. 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.