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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern scoping Tottenham winger; Pep defends Leroy Sané; Mario Götze’s murky future; and MORE!

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Heung-min Son is reportedly a candidate take over for Franck Ribery next season (The Sun)

Bayern Munich is always scouting for talent and rumors are circulating that Die Roten could have its eyes on Tottenham Hotspur man Heung-min Son. In a report by Calciomercato that was captured by The Sun, Son could be a tough acquisition to complete for Bayern:

Tottenham ace Heung-min Son has emerged as a transfer target for Bayern Munich after evading military service, according to reports. The South Korean ace, 26, impressed for Spurs after moving from Bayer Leverkusen in 2015.

The head scouts at the Allianz Arena are also former Bayer Leverkusen staffers and are familiar with Son’s representatives. Despite Bayern Munich’s interest, Spurs would have no intention of selling Son.

Son has his fine qualities, including racking up 30 goals overall in his time at Tottenham, but he also did this last week:

Yup, that is Arturo Vidal toiling away for Chile during the international break as well.

Pep Guardiola responds to criticism of Leroy Sané by Toni Kroos (@ESPNFC)

During the international break, Germany’s Toni Kroos tried to explain why he thought Leroy Sané didn’t make the World Cup squad and what some of the issues could be; specifically his body language. The analysis by Kroos came across as heavy-handed to some, including Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola.

Guardiola is surely always going to stick up for his guy and maybe Kroos went a bit too far, but sometimes awkward and difficult moments help solve issues. Or other times, they completely blow up...I guess we’ll see over the next few international breaks how things go for Sané with Die Mannschaft.

Miss Arjen Robben’s masterful goal? Don’t worry, see below (@FOXSoccer)

This goal was brilliant and is well worth another view.

Lothar Matthäus thinks Mario Götze should leave Borussia Dortmund, so do I (Sky Sports)

Mario Götze is in an awful position as he is mired on the bench while in the prime of his career. This is not where anyone expected to be after his World Cup clinching goal in 2014. Lothar Matthäus touched on why he thinks Götze is riding the pine.

The coach does not have the position for him that was left five years ago - behind Lewandowski on the ‘nine and a half’, as the second point to play around him and to go into the penalty area - the system is not really the ideal position for Götze. He is not the fastest forward to the back, he works very little to the back. In modern football you have to do both, or at least in one direction, to have a high quality to help the team.

Matthäus criticism of Götze’s style of play is one thing, but he also thinks the former Bayern man is not as good as his competition on the squad.

Dortmund is simply better occupied at the positions that Götze can play.

It is tough to argue one way or the other on that statement because Götze has been chained to the bench and unable to show what kind of form he is in. One thing is certain, though, Götze needs to leave Dortmund ASAP and take a fresh start somewhere else...in the Bundesliga or beyond.

Dortmund managing director Hans-Joachim Watzke fired back at Matthäus, as captured by transfermarkt.

I know that Lothar Matthäus, who earns his money as an expert, has to make provocative theses. But it would be nice if, as one of the greatest players Germany has ever had, he would leave Mario alone and not trample on him.

Götze should leave as soon as he can. If he truly lacks the quality to start - or at least play - elsewhere he can at least know that made the attempt. Continuing to wither away on the bench of Dortmund is not what he should be doing at 26.

Looking to catch-up on the Bundesliga action from the weekend? I’ve got you covered (The Barrel)

For a capsule-style recap of the Bundesliga’s weekend fixtures, just click here.

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.