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Daily Schmankerl: Manchester City and Manchester United targeting Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho; Bayern Munich back in on Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic?; Gareth Bale to stay with Real Madrid; and MORE!

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Bale to stay in Madrid (Independent.ie)

After all of the hullabaloo and coach-on-player hate, Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane indicated that Gareth Bale is not going anywhere:

He’s going to stay and we all have to think of that as a positive thing.

You can assume that Zidane is just thrilled to have Bale around. I don’t necessarily get the hate; when healthy, Bale is a force for Real Madrid. Whatever happens on the training grounds and in the locker room with Bale must really rub Zidane the wrong way.

Bayern back in on Mandzukic? (Transfer Market Web)

The ping pong match that has been the rumored transfer of Juventus forward Mario Mandzukic-to-Bayern Munich appears to have the ball headed back to the Bavarians:

According to Tuttosport, Bayern Munich might be bringing in back former Croatian international striker Mario Mandzukic (33). Juventus are planning to seal the deal with German giants, and have their veteran hitman on his way out, any time soon, over about 48 hours.

Aside of Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, Mandzukic has probably represented the next longest transfer saga. It is kind of curious how those examples did not pan out (for various reasons), but the sniper job moves for Philippe Coutinho, Michaël Cuisance, and Ivan Perisic all happened relatively quickly.

TSG 1899 interested in Dolberg (kicker)

Ajax’s Kasper Dolberg was previously linked to Bayern Munich, but now Hoffenheim appears to be getting close to a move for the 21-year-old. The issue for Hoffenheim is that it wants a loan, while some other clubs are willing to buy Dolberg:

In the pursuit of Kasper Dolberg of Ajax Amsterdam, TSG Hoffenheim has gotten a competitor. According to reports, OGC Nice is the most intense competitor and seeks a purchase, actually wanted to Ajax the 21-year-old only borrow. The TSG was on a loan and must now rethink possibly in the direction of solid commitment.

Dolberg would be a tremendous pick-up for Hoffenheim, but it will have pony up some loot to Ajax. A loan would likely not be appealing to the Dutch club considering that Nice is allegedly willing to buy.

Cuisance fashion mogul or fashion faux pas? (Bavarian Football Works)

I didn’t want to take the luster off of his official signing day, but can we talk about this freaking shirt that Michaël Cuisance has on? Snakes on the front of the collar, an eyeball further toward the back, and some other craziness on the side...I am perplexed. I feel like Cuisance either rivals my awful sense of fashion or is in the Illuminati. There is no in-between.

Cuisance’s choice of shirt for his official signing at Bayern struck me as curious when I first saw it, but my mind really started to wander once Fergus25 brought up the snakes on the collar of Cuisance’s shirt and just how odd that was.

Two snakes, a weird eyeball, an At-At pissing a rainbow...I have no idea what is going with this shirt.

Thoughts? Leave them in the comments.

This is fantastic (@Bundesliga_EN)

We knew Union Berlin returning to the Bundesliga would be a spectacle, but I am not sure any of us here envisioned this:

Sancho getting the proper English attention (Transfer Market Web)

It seems that Borussia Dortmund’s Jadon Sancho is drawing major attention from both Manchester City and Manchester United:

While Borussia Dortmund succeeded in keeping him in for 2019/20 season start, English international winger Jadon Sancho (19) is still a main target for both Manchester United and City. Purchased from Citizens themselves’ development area back in summer 2017, on a less than 8 million euros fee, the 2000-born is now almost worth a 3-figure payout.

I am truly honored (Bavarian Football Works)

It is not often when you are essentially voted BFW writer most likely to be scouring porn sites. Thank you all, I could not have done it without you. Now back to my “research.”

Rooney crushed MLS in this tweet (@WayneRooney)

One of the great pains for any MLS player is that they mostly still fly commercial. We could probably attribute that to at least one reason D.C. United’s Wayne Rooney will bolt for Derby County:

Looking to catch-up on the Bundesliga action from the weekend? I’ve got you covered (The Barrel)

For a capsule-style recap of the Bundesliga’s weekend fixtures, just click here.

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