With outside back just about the only position on the squad lacking depth, Bayern could be looking at procuring some assistance from a source within the Bundesliga.
With an emergency in the defensive department, Bayern Munich is looking for a reliable back. And it seems that he has identified it in Lukas Klostermann of Leipzig. For him the Bavarians could make an offer in January.
Rafinha was the backup for both outside positions prior to his injury, but Bayern is lacking a suitable, experienced back-up at this stage should Joshua Kimmich or David Alaba sustain a injury.
Klostermann, who is 22-years old, would represent a dependable presence behind Kimmich, but it would be interesting to see if such a young player would be accepting of a reserve role. At 6 foot 2 inches, Klostermann has the height to transition to center back as well, which makes him a versatile option for Die Roten should they decide to formally make a move.
Per a report out of Portugal, SL Benfica goalkeeper Odisseas Vlachodimos has been under the surveillance of Bayern for a long time.
Vlachodimos has been having good performances for the Eagles at the start of the season. In addition to Bayern Munich, there were 18 clubs that sent scouts to Luz, and according to the information gathered by our newspaper, some of the Premier League and the Bundesliga went to observe the performance of jersey 99 of the Eagles. Arsenal, Manchester United, Liverpool, Chelsea and Newcastle were some of the English present, and from Germany they represented RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt.
Moreover, and as it has been reported in the German press at different times, Bayern Munich itself has been following the evolution of Vlachodimos since 2011, when he was in the team B of Stuttgart.
Vlachodimos was, indeed, very good against Bayern, but it would be hard to think the Bavarians are interested in the 24-year old German (yup, he’s German by birth and has Greek ancestry), unless they have some doubt about the future of Christian Früchtl.
Barring Sven Ulreich having the urge to compete for a starting job somewhere else, last year’s primary starter could evolve into a role as the veteran presence among the keepers, much like Tom Starke filled over the twilight of his career. If there is any positition where Bayern has a clear plan of succession, it would be goalkeeper.
Manchester United may be pondering a sale of Alexis Sanchez and British tabloids think Bayern would be an option (The Mirror)
I really can’t see Bayern as a landing place for Alexis Sanchez should Manchester United put a “For Sale” sign on the 29-year old Chilean, but others do.
Manchester United would get huge money for him and he’d fit hand in glove with Paris Saint-Germain, he’d score goals for fun at Bayern Munich, or be a hardworking conduit for Cristiano Ronaldo at Juventus.
At Bayern, Sanchez would be a luxury purchase that isn’t really needed. The article doesn’t necessarily even state Bayern would even want to be an option for Die Roten this time around. Plus, Niko Kovač would have to specifically call out “Renato” or “Alexis” rather than just Sanchez (or Sanches I suppose) when trying to make a substitution. And really, who wants to make life more complicated for the nattily clad coach when he already has to debate “sweater tied around the neck or not?”
ICYMI: Read BFW’s observations from Bundesliga Match Day 4 to get ready for Match Day 5 (Bavarian Football Works)
Be prepared for the Bundesliga by reading this.
Dortmund fan gets wasted, tossed from Gentlemen’s Club on Better Call Saul (Bavarian Football Works)
I never thought I’d be typing that headline, but here we are. Excellent work by the writers on Better Call Saul.
If you are looking to kill some time this morning and want a brief preview on each Bundesliga match (along with some predictions that will
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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
- Year founded
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- Meeting place
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org.
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