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Daily Schmankerl: Updates on Leroy Sane and Arturo Vidal; PSG turned down Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Luka Jovic for Neymar; Marc Roca to Bayern could happen next week; Renato Sanches could have gone to Hoffenheim or Bayer Leverkusen; and MORE!

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FC Barcelona v SSC Napoli - 2019 International Champions Cup Photo by Rey Del Rio/International Champions Cup/Getty Images

Roca-to-Bayern reports heating up (@menzellopez)

TZ and AS reporter J.C. Menzel López gave some insight on the resurgence of interest from Bayern Munich in Espanyol defensive midfielder Marc Roca. Yesterday, we detailed how Bayern Munich and Real Madrid were both mulling an offer to Espanyol for the 22-year-old, but there could be a legitimate move in the works for the Bavarians.

A transfer, however, might not happen until Espanyol finishes its Europa League qualifier against Zorya Luhansk on August 29th:

After Renato leaving, Roca is again a priority at FCB. Espanyol still wants 40M, but Bayern would pay that after Renato’s sale. According to Roca’s camp, everything is likely to drag on until the EL return leg in Luhansk. Roca and Bayern are in agreement, however. #FCBayern #S04FCB #Roca

Neymar saga nearing an end? (@GuillemBalague)

Paris Saint-Germain has reportedly asked for best-and-final offers from FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, and Juventus for Neymar according to BBC and AS reporter Guillem Balague. A new twist to this saga is that Neymar’s relationship between PSG is allegedly improving:

Yesterday, we detailed some of the ludicrous offers that Barca and Madrid made for Neymar, but check this one out as well: Gareth Bale and Luka Jovic for Neymar. PSG said “No” — which would not have mattered since Bale won’t make the move to Paris anyway. Meanwhile, PSG has asked for Vinicius, but Real Madrid is unwilling to send him off:

Barca turns down loan approach for Vidal (Daily Mail)

FC Barcelona has turned down a loan offer from Inter Milan for Arturo Vidal. Per the Daily Mail, Barca would rather sell Vidal to help generate funds to use to buy Neymar:

Barcelona have rejected a loan offer from Inter Milan for Arturo Vidal, according to reports to Spain. Inter have shown a keen interest in the Chilean midfielder all summer but have had their efforts to bring him in on a season-long loan knocked back by the Spanish champions, who bought him for £27million from Bayern Munich last August. According to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona would prefer to sell Vidal and recoup as much of the £27m which would then be used towards bringing Neymar back to Camp Nou this summer.

Before Lille, Sanches had other suitors (@altobelli13)

The news broke earlier that the rumored Renato Sanches-to-Lille deal was about to get done. Sanches, however, did have options to stay in the Bundesliga as both Bayer Leverkusen and Hoffenheim had interest in the 22-year-old:

Leverkusen and Hoffenheim were also interested in Renato Sanches in the summer. However, he ruled out a transfer within the league. Now a transfer to Lille is imminent. For both sides probably the most sensible solution. #fcbayern #sanches @SPORTBILD @BILD_Bayern

Regardless, Sanches looks headed to Lille where he can hopefully (for his sake) revive his career a bit. Later in his life Sanches will probably look back at his time in Munich and wish he handled things a little bit differently. Perhaps a little more focus and a more mature approach would have served him well, but at least he will have the chance for a new opportunity and a fresh start in France.

Falk flexes Sané-in-winter rumor (@cfbayern)

Bild reporter Christian Falk reiterated that Bayern Munich will make a play for Manchester City winger and Germany international Leroy Sane this winter:

ICYMI: Bayern could be ready to explode in the 2020 transfer market (Bavarian Football Works)

It appears as if we can add Schalke 04 goalkeeper Alexander Nübel to the list of players Bayern Munich is going to chase next summer that already has RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, Bayer Leverkusen’s Kai Havertz, and Manchester City’s Leroy Sane on it.

We’ve labeled it #ProjectBavarianMayhem2020 and have now updated our graphic:

Cuisance video gives us more #SnakeShirt (@MichaelCUISANCE)

Bayern Munich produced a short video on the whirlwind that former Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder has been on since transferring to Bavaria:

Looking for some weekly Bundesliga predictions? I’ve got you covered (The Barrel)

If you are looking to kill some time this morning and want a brief preview on each Bundesliga match (along with some predictions that will most likely go up in flames quickly), I’ve got you covered here.

Neuer and his dog (@FCBayernUS)

Bayern Munich captain Manuel Neuer took a break from his hardcore footballing to spend some time with his dog:

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