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Daily Schmankerl: The aftermath of Bayern Munich vs. Real Madrid; Gareth Bale likely headed out; Juventus still trying to sell Paulo Dybala; David Alaba as trade bait for Manchester City’s Leroy Sane or FC Barcelona’s Ousmane Dembele?; and MORE!

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That was some fun, wasn’t it?

FC Bayern v Real Madrid - 2019 International Champions Cup Photo by Tim Warner/International Champions Cup/Getty Images

Die Folgen: Bayern’s impressive 3-1 win over Real Madrid (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich had a frenetic and fun victory over Real Madrid in Houston, Texas. There was certainly a lot to talk about, so here are some quick hitters on the match:

  • That game was a tremendous amount of fun. It was fast-paced, rugged, high-spirited and was more indicative of a Champions League match than an International Champions Cup friendly. The fans who paid to watch that sure got their money’s worth.
  • Manuel Neuer was on-point (aside of one minor brain-cramp). What a night the Germany international had between the sticks.
  • Thomas Muller has look featuring as the nine. His versatility and vision are two things that help make the Bayern offense so much better when he’s on the pitch.
  • I’ve often been a critic of the decision-making and sometimes outright selfishness displayed by Renato Sanches and while he wasn’t perfect, he is absolutely starting to shake some of those bad habits. It might have taken a while, but maybe we will finally start to see some of that promise that has been talked about in the offices at Säbener Strasse.
  • Fiete Arp not only belongs on the first-team, but is showing that he can be a contributor at different spots after manning both wing positions this week. Our Brian Burton hit on some areas of improvement for Arp in his Observations (see below), but the youngster is definitely showing why Bayern brought him in.
  • What a goal from Robert Lewandowski!
  • Benjamin Pavard really looked solid, which puts me a little more at ease. I did not like what I saw last season with VfB Stuttgart, but Pavard showed some nice glimpses of his ability and athleticism.
  • Kingsley Coman and Serge Gnabry looked absolutely terrifying at times. Gnabry was better on this night, but it has been quite a preseason so far for Bayern’s winger duo.
  • Leon Goretzka and Corentin Tolisso are athletic menaces in the midfield. The 24-year-olds each have great strength, speed, and aggression and are a terrific reason why Bayern fans should be excited about the future of the position.
  • It was not the best night from Joshua Kimmich.
  • Thiago Alcantara was really fired up for this one. You can tell that even though it was only a friendly, it meant something to the former FC Barcelona player.
  • Former Eintracht Frankfurt striker Luka Jovic didn’t get many opportunities, but if he is given the chance to work with Eden Hazard, Luka Modric, and Toni Kroos (among others), I feel like Jovic won’t be playing second fiddle to Karim Benzema for long.

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

Alaba used as trade bait? (Goal)

Citing a report from Mundo Deportivo, Goal says that Bayern Munich has used David Alaba as trade bait to lure Manchester City into a deal for Leroy Sane and FC Barcelona in a move for Ousmane Dembele.

Bayern Munich offered defender David Alaba to Manchester City and Barcelona as a makeweight in their attempts to sign Leroy Sane and Ousmane Dembele, report Mundo Deportivo. The 27-year-old Austria international, much admired by Pep Guardiola following his time at Bayern, has been unwilling to sign an extension to his contract expiring in 2021, so the Bundesliga side are keen to cash in. City are so far refusing to budge on Sane but if Barcelona’s mooted move for Neymar goes through, Dembele may become available.

About the only interesting thing in this report is the fact that Alaba might not be keen on extending his deal with Bayern. Otherwise, many grains of sale should be taken with this news.

Bale is headed out of Madrid (The Mirror)

There was not a single person who did not see this coming. Zinedine Zidane confirmed that Real Madrid is looking to unload the Wales international.

Zinedine Zidane has confirmed Real Madrid are looking to offload Gareth Bale - and admitted he wishes he could leave tomorrow. Zidane opted to leave Bale out of his matchday squad as Los Blancos lost 3-1 to Bayern Munich in their opening preseason friendly.

Despite being able to name 11 substitutes, Zidane had no place for Bale and confirmed after the match his absence was due to the club actively looking to offload the Welshman. The Frenchman insisted he has nothing personally against the attacker - but he declared “there comes a time when we have to change” as Bale’s career with the Spanish giants looks to be over.

Sky Sports reporter Kaveh Solhekol, however, indicated that Bale is still holding strong that he does not want to leave Madrid and will only bolt if he deems the potential location as a good fit for him and his family.

Future teammates?

You knew he was just waiting to do this (@cfbayern)

Like a well-trained sniper, we couldn’t hear him and we couldn’t see him, but he didn’t miss.

Juve still peddling Dybala (Football Italia)

I thought we were done with the Paulo Dybala-to-Bayern Munich rumors, but apparently I was wrong...so wrong. It appears that Bayern Munich, Inter Milan, Manchester United, and Paris Saint Germain are all looking at the Argentina international.

Paulo Dybala is wanted by Inter, Manchester United, Bayern Munich and PSG, but it’s reported Juventus demand €80m plus €20m in add-ons. The report emerged via RMC Sport in France this week that Paris Saint-Germain director Leonardo was sure he could get Dybala for around €50m, considering the changes to the pecking order if Juve purchase Mauro Icardi.

However, Calciomercato.com remain adamant the asking price is at least €80m plus another €20m in various add-ons and bonuses. Manchester United are believed to be the favorites for La Joya, as the Argentina international wants to have a key role in his new team. There could also be a part-exchange for Bianconeri transfer target Paul Pogba, who Maurizio Sarri praised today. He left the door open for Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich, but is not interested in joining Inter, even in an exchange deal with Icardi.

This comes just days after we were told that Bayern was out of the mix on Dybala. Perhaps it was simply too good to be true.

Hoffmann is just another flex victim (@cfbayern)

Even good and respected reporters like Sky’s Torben Hoffmann can get flexed. Hoffmann made a point that it was looking unlikely for Manchester City’s Leroy Sane to come back to the Bundesliga.

Falk just flexed himself! (@cfbayern)

Okay, so Falk reaffirmed his own take to a Twitter user, but I consider this a double-down self-flex as Pep Guardiola was described as “indignant”:

When pressed, you know the Flex Master was not going to resist the urge:

It is really getting to the point where I cannot keep up with the mass amount of flexing going on.

Wriedt drawing interest (GhanaSoccernet.com)

Norwich City is back looking at Bayern II striker Kwasi Wriedt.

Ghana forward Kwasi Okyere Wriedt has re-emerged on the books of newly-promoted English Premier League side Norwich City, GHANAsoccernet.com can exclusively report. The Canaries were reported to be keen on signing the Bayern Munich budding poacher during the winter transfer window.

Reports reaching GHANAsoccernet.com indicate that the Norfolk-based outfit have enquired about out the possibility of acquiring the Ghanaian striker ahead of the upcoming season. But the Allianz Stadium outfit hierarchy are weighing the deal as they view him as the future of the team following a meeting with coach Niko Kovac.

Just a few weeks ago, Norwich City and Hertha Berlin were scoping Wriedt, who recently has looked like he headed for another season with Bayern II. Perhaps things have changed?