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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich in “advanced talks” with Manchester City’s Leroy Sane?; The aftermath of Bayern vs. Tottenham Hotspur; Paulo Dybala ponders Juventus vs. Manchester United; and MORE!

Now that the friendlies are over, it’s time for some action!

Yokohama F.Marinos v Manchester City - Preseason Friendly Photo by Hiroki Watanabe/Getty Images

Bayern in advanced talks with Sane? (@FabrizioRomano)

Based on yesterday’s breaking report that Bayern Munich had finally submitted an offer on Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, this might be a good thing. Fabrizio Romano, a journalist for outlets like The Guardian and Sky Sports, indicated on Twitter that the Bavarians are in “advanced talks” with the Germany international.

Die Folgen: Bayern’s loss on PKs to Tottenham (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich battled back from a two-goal deficit to tie the Audi Cup final against Tottenham Hotspur by the end of regulation. Unfortunately, David Alaba and Jerome Boateng both did not convert their penalty attempts as the Spurs walked away victorious. Here are some quick hitters on the match:

  • #ArpTrain! Fiete Arp scored his goal as a Bayern player, which will helpfully give him some additional confidence moving forward. Because of the inexperience of the group that started the game, Bayern was often choppy and found it difficult to get its center-forward involved, but Arp came alive in the second half to help mount the comeback.
  • Arp also managed to get Harry Kane’s jersey after the game. Not a bad day at all for the 19-year-old.
  • Good luck to Spurs defender Juan Foyth as it looks like he could be out for a quite a bit after being stretchered off.
  • Similarly, Kingsley Coman’s injury once again made the crowd collectively hold the breath. Hopefully, it is officially determined that Coman’s ailment is nothing serious.
  • Ryan Johansson looks far more composed and confident during this preseason that he did last year. We have always heard about Johansson’s talent, so it was nice to see him display it. Last summer, Johansson was a bit mistake-prone and unsure, so this preseason has been a complete turnaround.
  • Alphonso Davies had a good turn yesterday. The Canadian youngster is looking for more and more comfortable at left-back, which should be a boost. His game-tying goal was sweet.
  • The senior team members who came on in the second half ignited the squad to be able to knot the game. Even in a preseason match, it’s good to see how the veterans could come in an impact the contest.
  • Match highlights, courtesy of @FCBayernEN:

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

FLEX ALERT: Bailey rumor shot down (@cfbayern)

The rumors regarding Bayern Munich’s interest in Bayer Leverkusen winger Leon Bailey were shot down in flames by Falk Master Flex.

The Flex was vintage Falk: Short, sweet, and lethal.

Ribery signing...just not Franck (Sport 24)

Cape Town City is on the verge of signing a Franck Ribery’s younger brother Steeven.

Cape Town City are reportedly set to sign midfielder Steeven Ribery - the younger brother of retired France and Bayern Munich legend Franck Ribery. Ribery is a right-winger and was previously on the books of Swedish second-tier outfit Syrianska FC but was released and is now a free agent.

A source told KickOff: “Cape Town City have signed Steeven Ribery. He is the little brother of Franck Ribery. But they need to first transfer a foreign player before they announce it.”

Dybala pondering move (@FabrizioRomano)

Juventus star Paulo Dybala is thinking about a move to Manchester United, but is going to meet with Maurizio Sarri one more time before making a decision. As journalist Fabrizio Romano wrote in The Guardian:

Paulo Dybala intends to hold talks with Maurizio Sarri after he returns to training at Juventus on Thursday before deciding whether he is prepared to join Manchester United. The Argentina international is wanted by United, who are offering Romelu Lukaku in a swap deal. Lukaku would be happy to join Juventus but it is uncertain whether Dybala will accept a move to England.

Dybala, who told Juventus after last season that he intended to stay, wants to understand Sarri’s plans before making a final decision. Sarri has taken over from Massimiliano Allegri as head coach but has not yet worked with Dybala, who was given time off after the Copa América.

If Sarri informs Dybala that he does not see a regular first-team place for him, the player will give serious consideration to joining United. But even then, the 25-year-old, who can play in a variety of attacking positions, will demand wages in line with the top earners at Old Trafford before agreeing to move. His agent was in England on Tuesday for talks with United.

This...all this (@the_amt)

We LOVE seeing this kind of thing:

ICYMI: Sane definitely reads BFW (Bavarian Football Works)

Yesterday, I took a run at re-creating an It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia bit by paying homage to Mac’s letter to Chase Utley. I put a BFW spin on our version to Leroy Sane and I’m pretty sure it worked as just hours later Bayern reportedly submitted formal offers to Manchester City and Sane.

Schürrle moves to Moscow (kicker)

Borussia Dortmund sent André Schürrle out on loan to Spartak Moscow.

André Schürrle (28) left Borussia Dortmund again on loan. Why did he choose Spartak Moscow? “I had no pressure to make a quick decision,” he told the kicker. “Spartak is a well-established, well-run club with ambitious goals, Moscow is a new experience, the language is certainly not easy, but it’s not a hurdle, I’m curious about new experiences.”

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