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Daily Schmankerl: Frenkie DeJong and Nicolas Pépé on Bayern’s radar; USMNT star Josh Sargent nearing debut; and MORE!

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Well, yesterday was a huge letdown!

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Frenkie DeJong is another young player that Bayern is taking a look at (De Telegraaf)

There are some exciting names that Bayern Munich has been linked to for next summer’s transfer window and you can add 21-year old Dutchman Frenkie DeJong to that list.

Director of player policy Marc Overmars is pleased to see how the European superpowers fight each other. For the boy from Arkel, who is seen by the directors, trainers and scouts as one of the greatest European talents. PSG, Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Tottenham Hotspur and FC Barcelona were already concrete and after the Champions League match of Ajax with AEK, Real Madrid and Manchester United certainly know.

Bayern fans will get a close look at DeJong next Tuesday when Ajax takes on Die Roten. Great timing, eh? For what it’s worth, DeJong is supposed to announce his future destination very soon.

Uli Hoeneß has no doubt who should host Euro 2024. Hint, it’s not Turkey (AZ)

Uli Hoeneß made his opinion know on who should host the Euro 2024 tourney and it is pretty much what you thought it would be.

Uli Hoeneß is a man of clear opinions. Also to award the European Championship in 2024, the President of FC Bayern takes a clear position.

”I am convinced that Germany will be awarded the contract, because it would be absolutely irresponsible in the current state of Turkey to award the tournament there,” says Hoeness on the sidelines of the Oktoberfest visit with Bayern legends in the Winzerer Fähndl.

The six-year European Championship will be awarded on Thursday by UEFA’s Executive Committee. The only contenders are Germany and Turkey.

USMNT future star Josh Sargent closing in on Werder Bremen promotion (Bundesliga.com)

Werder Bremen sporting director Thomas Schaaf thinks it is only a matter of time before United States star and Missouri native Josh Sargent makes his first team debut for Werder Bremen.

I don’t think [Sargent’s first-team breakthrough] will be long. We know what we have with him.

Werder is rolling at the moment and adding another dangerous weapon to the mix could be the boost that helps Die Werderaner compete for a top six spot for the entirety of the season.

Lille winger Nicolas Pépé has garnered Bayern’s interest (10 Sport)

FC Barcelona is thought to be the leader in the clubhouse to secure the services of Lille winger Nicolas Pépé, but Bayern might be jumping into the mix.

Things could get complicated for FC Barcelona in the coming weeks. According to Sport news, Bayern Munich is also interested in Nicolas Pépé. Like Barça, the Bavarians would have several times overseen the LOSC striker at the start of the season and have also attempted to meet with the leaders of Lille to take some information.

Die Folgen: Bayern vs. Augsburg (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern turned in a hugely disappointing effort in its draw with FC Augsburg. Here are some quick hitters on the match:

  • That was certainly one of those draws that felt like a loss.
  • Arjen Robben takes a lot of heat, but the man is still terrific. His patience, awareness, and confidence on the ball was really superb to watch on his goal. Tremendous effort.
  • Bayern was very sloppy and disjointed in the first half. It was really the first time under Niko Kovač that the team looked completely out of sync.
  • Sandro Wagner was a non-factor and that’s disappointing. When he moved to Munich last season, Wagner was very productive during his field time. Right now, that production is lacking, but in fairness, Wagner is anchored to the bench and receives less time than he did last season. It has to be hard to just walk on to the field and produce.
  • Renato Sanches was up-and-down and still has a long way to go. While he did some nice things, his lack of a finishing touch was extremely costly.
  • Niklas Süle and Mats Hummels were solid on the day as a defensive pairing, despite...
  • The Leon Goretzka experiment at left back. Yeah, that did not go so well.
  • Not that pointing fingers every accomplishes anything, but Manuel Neuer has to do better than he did on the Augsburg goal. That was not his finest moment and the veteran can’t let that happen. He either needs to catch that cross or punch it away.
  • Felix Götze was in the right place at the right time...that had to feel good for the 20-year old former Bayern player.

If you missed our Match Awards or Observations, give them a look.

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.