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Daily Schmankerl: Leroy Sané’s costly knee injury; Juventus’ Paulo Dybala and Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic linked to Bayern Munich; Ilkay Gundogan extends deal with Manchester City; Did Manchester United make a late run at Robert Lewandowski?; & MORE!

This Schmankerl is LOADED (like its author plans to be later)!

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Ouch! Sané’s bank account takes a hit (Daily Mail)

Surely no one is feeling more pain over the knee injury to Manchester City’s Leroy Sané than the Germany international himself. Set for surgery, Sané is headed for a stint on the sidelines, though the exact amount of time he will be out is uncertain.

Sané’s bank account also felt a little pain as the player was reportedly in line for a €431,000 per week salary (over €22 million annually) if he moved to Bayern Munich.

Leroy Sané’s cruciate ligament injury has cost him a staggering £20.8million-a-year contract with Bayern Munich. The German giants were prepared to hand the winger wages of £400,000 a week to tempt him away from Manchester City.

Bayern back in on Dybala (Football Italia)

Perhaps the longest-running transfer rumor surrounding Bayern Munich is back once again. Juventus star Paulo Dybala been linked to the Bavarians once more. After a rumored deal with Tottenham Hotspur fell through, Dybala’s name has been tied to Bayern, Paris Saint-Germain, and Inter Milan.

Despite the failure of transfers to Manchester United and Tottenham, it’s reported Juventus still want to sell Paulo Dybala, with PSG, Bayern Munich and Inter likely options. The Bianconeri had agreed a fee with both clubs only for La Joya to scupper the deals with his salary and commission demands.

Now the Premier League transfer window has shut, but according to multiple Italian sources, this has not changed the fact Juventus want him out of the squad. Paris Saint-Germain remain the favorites and have been since the start of the summer, as director Leonardo is known to be an admirer of the Argentine. Another candidate is Bayern Munich, who had approached Manchester City for Leroy Sane only to see him ruled out by a serious knee injury. The most intriguing option is Inter, as the long-running rumor remains of an exchange between Dybala and Mauro Icardi.

Dybala will carry a high price tag, which is rumored to be in the €90 million range.

FC Rottach Egern goalkeeper steals the show in blowout (Bavarian Football Works)

FC Rottach Egern goalkeeper Domingo Grafunder might have peeled himself out of the pub to get between the sticks yesterday, but even in a 23-0 defeat to Bayern Munich, Grafunder was the true star of the contest. I would like to extend an invitation to Grafunder to become the official goalkeeper of the Daily Schmankerl! (Note: A real daily schmankerl is not included in this offer).

FC Rottach-Egern - FC Bayern Munich
Hopefully Thomas Müller is getting Domingo Grafunder’s contact info to pass on to Brazzo.
Photo by Matthias Balk/picture alliance via Getty Images

Grafunder might not be the goalkeeper we want in this transfer window...but he is the goalkeeper we need.

If you are looking for a breakdown of goal scorers from yesterday, here you go:

Rafinha to get an Italian friend? (kicker)

According to reports, Flamengo might pursue free agent Mario Balotelli. Former Bayern Munich outside-back Rafinha moved over to the Brazilian side earlier this summer:

So far, there was talk of Hellas Verona and Fiorentina, when it came to potential buyers for the current club-less Mario Balotelli. But now appears after Gazetta dello Sport and Sky Sport Italia another prospect for the scorer: Flamengo from Rio de Janeiro. The Brazilian top club is said to have offered the Italian a contract until 2021, currently is still negotiating details.

Another bid on Bergwijn? (Transfer Market Web)

Sevilla has upped the ante and reportedly submitted a €30 million bid on PSV Eindhoven winger Steve Bergwijn:

After having been turned down once on Dutch international winger Steven Bergwijn (21), Sevilla FC management, according to Estadio Deportivo, are planning to submit another bid to PSV Eindhoven, a 30 million euros one this time. The 1997-born is tracked by Ajax as well, ready for a move if signing away one out of David Neres and Dusan Tadic.

Bergwijn, of course, was included in Sport1’s report regarding potential targets for Bayern Munich that we covered last night.

Perisic would take a Bayern move over Leipzig + Flex action (

RB Leipzig wants to make a move for Inter Milan’s Ivan Perisic, but the 30-year-old is only interested in a move to Bayern Munich if he transfers back to the Bundesliga. There are so many differing accounts on what is really going with Perisic, but this one differs from what we covered yesterday. Per this source, Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge does not appear interested in bringing in the Croatia international:

RB Leipzig have made an approach for Ivan Perisic but the Croatian would only return to the Bundesliga for Bayern Munich, according to Antonio Conte would be happy to keep the midfielder in his squad this season but his future in Milan remains uncertain.

Bayern are coached by Perisic’s fellow Croatian Niko Kovac, but the Bavarians’ owner Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has no interest in arranging a deal. Neither Perisic nor (agent Nelio) Lucas are in a hurry to find a new club for the 2019-20 campaign, albeit they know Inter would prefer them to move elsewhere.

The finances and logistics on a move for Perisic are pretty reasonable, as Football Italia states that it could be a loan with option to buy for €30 million. There are even some reports that a deal has been reached between Bayern and Inter.

We covered how Sport1 refuted the Perisic rumor last night, but our old buddy Christian Falk must have had on a sleeveless jean jacket as his only shirt for this massive flex:

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works Bundesliga previews (Bavarian Football Works)

If you have missed any episodes of our Bundesliga preview series, you can quickly catch up at the link to the story stream:

Oxford says Lewy is toughest opponent; United might have tried to get STORMTANK (@LovellLowdown)

FC Augsburg center-back Reece Oxford considers Bayern Munich’s own STORMTANK, Robert Lewandowski, as the “toughest” opponent that he has faced:

By the way, Manchester United considered making a last-ditch effort (according to the Daily Star) to bring in Lewandowski prior to the Premier League deadline, but failed.

In the meantime, United have less than 24 hours to sign a replacement for Lukaku before the transfer window closes. Croatia and Juventus hitman Mario Mandzukic is one option United are considering, but Woodward has reservations because he is now 33. Another possible target is Bayern Munich ace Robert Lewandowski, who has become disillusioned at the German giants following their lack of summer signings.

One has to wonder if the “deal” fell apart because pesky Bayern played the Polish Hitman in the friendly yesterday against OUR GUY Domingo Grafunder and FC Rottach Egern.

Gundogan makes it official (@ManCity)

Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan has extended his deal with the club for four more years.

Zlatan is not a fan of the MLS playoff system (@MLS_Buzz)

L.A. Galaxy forward Zlatan Ibrahimovic communicated in his own Zlatan-style of way that he does not like the MLS playoff system.

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