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Sky Sports claims that Manchester City might make a play for Kingsley Coman.

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Manchester City wants Kingsley Coman for Leroy Sané (Sky Sports)

Recent reports and the overall trajectory the news surrounding Manchester City’s young German star Leroy Sané paint a picture of the attacker’s imminent departure at the end of this season, if not sooner. Although Mikel Oyarzabal has been reported to be their ideal replacement, Sky Sports now claims that City is pondering Bayern’s own Kingsley Coman:

Manchester City are considering a move for Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman if Leroy Sane joins the German champions as expected in the summer, Sky Sports News understands.

Sane has long been linked with a move to Bayern, with former boss Niko Kovac revealing in July that the club were ”working very hard” to secure their “dream signing”, but a summer transfer never materialised.

Pep Guardiola managed France international Coman for a season during his time at the Allianz Arena, and the club view the 23-year-old as the ideal replacement for Sane, who was ruled out for seven months in August with an ACL injury.

This report presumes several things. Guardiola’s intention of staying through the final year of his contract with City, 2020/21, when Coman would hypothetically play for them, has been increasingly questioned. It would be perhaps unwise to sign a surely expensive player for a coach on his way out sooner or at the end of the season.

Of course, the report ignores the main issue: that Coman, under contract until 2023, is very unlikely to be for sale at all. Unless Bayern Munich suddenly plots to sign yet another winger in addition to Sané, there is virtually no chance that the club would surrender its young French star (aged 23), no matter how fragile, canceling out their new depth on the wings as soon as they obtain it.

Germany, Austria, Croatia qualify for Euro 2020! (FCBayern.com)

If you missed our coverage of Germany’s dominant 4-0 win over Belarus yesterday, have a look at our observations and player awards.

Besides Bayern’s Germany contingent (Manuel Neuer, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, and Serge Gnabry), David Alaba, Robert Lewandowski, and Ivan Perisic also had good international games.

Alaba scored the first goal for Austria in their 2-1 win over North Macedonia. That result secures Austria’s qualification for Euro 2020. Lewandowski sat out the first half of Poland’s game against Israel, coming on in the 54th minute. Poland, of course, had already secured qualification and could afford to let their superstar rest.

Ivan Perisic also had a great day, scoring the third of Croatia’s 3 goals to put the game out of reach for Slovakia and secure that Croatia qualifies as well.

Luca Waldschmidt brought to hospital after collision versus Belarus (Kicker)

SC Freiburg’s Luca Waldschmidt made a cameo appearance in Germany’s 4-0 win over Belarus, replacing Serge Gnabry in the 84th minute, but he departed minutes later after Belarus’ goalkeeper struck him in the head with his shoulder while catching the ball.

Waldschmidt was able to play on for only seven more minutes. He left the stadium under his own power but then departed to the hospital with a suspected concussion. He is also reportedly being investigated for an orbital fracture.

Robben coaching U-7 and U-8’s in Grünwald (Bild)

Robben’s son Kai (now 7) is playing soccer for TSV Grünwald, and guess who his coach is? Yep, Arjen himself! Bild caught up with the recently retired right winger.

“It’s fun with the boys. We train twice a week, and their are games on the weekends,” Robben said. Robben does all the typical coach’s business, setting up cones, carrying goals (as you can see), and handing out pinnies.

A President fit for a King

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Lisa Müller wins Dressage World Cup in Stuttgart! (Bild)

35. Stuttgart German Masters
Thomas and Lisa Müller with her horse Stand By Me.
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