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Daily Schmankerl: Pep Guardiola hopeful that Leroy Sane will stay with Manchester City; FC Barcelona makes another offer for Neymar; Updates on Ante Rebic, Florian Thauvin, Benjamin Henrichs, and Nicolas Pepe; plus MORE Bayern Munich news!

“If it bleeds, we can kill it.”

Premier League Asia Trophy Photo by Matt McNulty - Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images

“Stick around” (kicker)

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola is hopeful that his club will be able to retain Leroy Sane and said that he has not spoken to anyone at Bayern Munich regarding a move for the player.

Two days ago Man City coach Pep Guardiola had commented on the ongoing rumors regarding a change from Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich and said: “The desire to have him with us is always there.” Now, the Catalans put on the current Asian tour in Shanghai again — and claimed to have heard so far nothing from the German record champions. “They’ve been talking about their interest in Leroy Sane for a long time,” said Guardiola. A contact has still not happened (between Guardiola and Bayern). In addition, the former Bayern coach reaffirmed his desire to continue to hold Sané in his squad: “He is our player and I hope he can stay here next season and the season after and the season after.”

The pursuit of Sane by Bayern Munich has been one of the most talked about moves of this transfer window. The sooner the situation is resolved, the better it will be for Bayern Munich, Manchester City, and Sane himself.

“I need your clothes, your boots, and your motorcycle” (Sky Sports)

FC Barcelona has reportedly made Paris Saint-Germain a crazy proposal for Neymar in hopes of convincing PSG to sell the Brazil international. Per Sky Sports, Barca has offered €90 million, plus PSG’s choice of two of the following players: Philippe Coutinho, Ousmane Dembele, Ivan Rakitic, Nelson Semedo, Malcom and Samuel Umtiti.

Even with an intriguing offer on the table, PSG does not seem to want to budge as it is seeking a ridiculous sum of money in return for Neymar.

It is understood the French club want over £200m for the 27-year-old.

Sure, PSG paid €222 million for Neymar, but even they have to realize that was stupid.

“Get to the chopper!” (kicker)

After Luka Jovic bolted for Real Madrid and Sebastien Haller left for West Ham United, Eintracht Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter took a look around and realized that Ante Rebic could be next.

Rebic has been linked to Inter Milan and Atlético Madrid of late, but has also had varying suitors mentioned in rumors over the past year.

Does Eintracht Frankfurt lose Ante Rebic (25) after Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller? Coach Adi Hütter at least doesn’t rule it out. “Ante is a player that every coach would want to stay. But we are prepared. Ante may have opportunities, he may want to change, but he may also want to stay. The coach suffers because the transfer window is open for a relatively long time,” says Hütter.

“What is best in life? To crush your enemies, see them driven before you, and to hear the lamentation of their women!” (kicker)

Schalke 04 would love to bring in AS Monaco defender Benjamin Henrichs, but Monaco has not been receptive to a loan assignment for the 22-year-old. Instead, Monaco wants to sell Henrichs for €25 million.

Benjamin Henrichs is also a candidate for FC Schalke. But according to kicker information, the Royal Blues want to take the defensive player on a loan from AS Monaco, which has seemed to fall on deaf ears. Monaco want to sell the 22-year-old national player instead. The transfer amounts to up to 25 million euros — a sum that Schalke cannot afford.

“It’s showtime” (@FCBayernUS)

Uh, so yeah...this is FANTASTIC.

“Who is you daddy and what does he do?” (Transfer Market Web)

At one point, Olympique Marseille winger Florian Thauvin was though to be an option for Bayern Munich, but it appears that the 26-year-old might be more likely to spend his future in Spain rather than Germany.

According to SuperDeporte, French international winger Florian Thauvin (26) is now tracked hard by both Sevilla FC and Valencia. A market target for West Ham as well, former Newcastle player might leave Olympique Marseille on an about 40 million euros fee.

“I don’t do requests” (Münchner Merkur)

Carlo Ancelotti and Napoli might have moved on from a pursuit of Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez and could be looking at Lille winger Nicolas Pepe. Napoli will consider making a €60 million offer, plus adding in a player (Adam Ounas) in hopes of convincing Pepe to move to Italy.

The fans and players of FC Bayern Munich are still waiting for a mega-transfer of the German record champion. But so far, the Munich fans have been hailing only cancellations. Also for Nicolas Pepe there are meanwhile some top offers of other European top clubs. Now also the SSC Napoli switched itself into the transfer fight. According to the Corriere dello Sport, the Italians should be willing to pay a 60 million euro transfer and in addition to that to give their right-winger Adam Ounas.

For what it is worth, Pepe’s agent acknowledged that there was some communication with an Italian team.

Yes, we have contacts in Italy.

Bayern Munich, Paris St. Germain, Manchester United and Inter Milan have all been linked to Pepe over the previous months.

“You’re a funny guy Sully, I like you; that’s why I’m going to kill you last” (@WhoScored)

If you wanted a little more insight into alleged Bayern Munich target and Espanyol midfielder Marc Roca, here you go:

Bayern bigwigs schmooze with the Terminator (@FCBayernUS)

Yes, it’s true; some of Bayern Munich’s most important people got together with famed actor, bodybuilding legend, and former Governor of California Arnold Schwarzenegger.

That get together naturally led some of the BFW staff to ponder which Arnold movie was our favorite. The answers — as you can imagine — were all over the board:

Chuck Smith

The Running Man This was a fantastic 80s movie that I used to watch frequently on the local cable channel in Philly (PRISM) and that I still cannot tune away from today if I see it on the tube (it still gets some run!). It had everything you want in an Arnold flick: A misunderstood hero, some great villains, a scandal, a competition for Arnold to try and save his life, a trouble-making female co-lead (Maria Conchita Alonso) and Richard Dawson as a game show host where he wasn’t lip locking with contestants! I love this flick and so should you.

Mike Lynch

Commando THE quintessential over the top, cheesy, problematic-by-today’s-standards 80s action movie. Filled with stupidly hilarious one liners and one of the best montages with Arnold strapping all his gear on before singlehandedly invading an entire island. Also introduced the world to Alyssa Milano, and that’s just fine by me.

Tom Adams

Terminator 2: Judgement Day — Tom didn’t send his rationale (he was probably drunk), so I’ll give my take. This was Arnold at his height. Great delivery of his lines, a scintillating plot, some groundbreaking special effects, and a Guns N’ Roses theme song!

John N. Dillon*

Conan the BarbarianThis film is simply iconic. Schwarzenegger made the film, and the film made him in turn. Conan’s relationship with his god Crom is a surprisingly accurate depiction of the transactional nature of pre-Christian paganism. And really, who could vote against JAMES EARL JONES as serpent-wizard Thulsa Doom? The answer to this Riddle of Steel is “JA!”

Pumping Iron — His Mr. Universe documentary Pumping Iron (featuring Lou Ferrigno!) is also a must-see. Here’s the driven and calculating Arnold that would one day become Gubernator of Kalifornien.

(Editor’s note: As he is the boss, he got to provide two selections...who am I to argue?)

Let us know what your favorite Arnold movie was in the comments below. So until next time: “Hasta la vista, baby!”

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