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Daily Schmankerl: Chris Richards to focus on center-back?; David Alaba’s preference if he leaves Bayern Munich; and MORE!

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Bayern Munich has some flexibility with its organizational depth at center-back, could the club let David Alaba and Jerome Boateng walk?

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Richards’ long-term plan could be finalized (@Plettigoal)

Admittedly, I was one of the people lamenting the signing of Bouna Sarr because I wanted to see Chris Richards get an opportunity to gain more experience on the field with the first team.

Bayern Munich, however, seems not to want Richards’ focus to stray too much from his long-term goal of being one of the team’s primary center-backs. The versatile American can aptly play both right-back and center-back, but the arrival of Sarr means that the 20-year-old will focus primarily on honing his skills as a central defender.

Not shockingly...I am still not overly thrilled with the Sarr signing. I still feel as if this was a bit of a panic move. Nothing against Sarr: he is a fine player in his own right and will be able to serve as back-up plan to Benjamin Pavard, but I still would have rather seen Richards get those minutes in the short-term.

If a long-term need arises for a right-back (because of a serious injury to Pavard), I’d rather have seen Joshua Kimmich drop back and either Corentin Tolisso or Marc Roca slide into the central midfield. As always, getting the best 11 players on the field is a priority.

Alaba prefers La Liga if he bolts (Transfer Market Web)

With the reports of Juventus tossing its fedora in the ring for Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, the Italians will be disappointed to learn that the Austrian allegedly prefers a move to Spain if he leaves Bavaria:

Still dealing with Bayern Munich extension talks, Austrian international left-back David Alaba (28), currently on a deal with CL defending champions until June 2021, is growing into more and more of a main target for Juventus, ahead of next year. German giants powerhouse is still tracked by both Manchester giants and PSG, while he made clear more than once that, if leaving, he’d rather join either FC Barcelona or Real Madrid.

With the plans for Richards to focus more on center-back and the presence of Niklas Sule, Lucas Hernandez, Tanguy Nianzou, and Bright Akwo Arrey-Mbi, could the Bavarians really let Alaba and Jerome Boateng walk? Oh, and Lars Lukas Mai is still technically a Bayern Munich prospect as he is out on loan with SV Darmstadt 98 or 17-year-old Jamie Lawrence, who is putting in solid efforts with Bayern Munich II.

That, my friends, is some organizational depth.

Speaking of Hernandez... (@iMiaSanMia)

The Bayern Munich defender drew rave reviews on the internet for his work against Cristiano Ronaldo yesterday in France’s 0-0 draw with Portugal.

On the flip-side, it was nice to see a team trade punches with France and not come out a loser.

Götze says goodbye to BVB (@MarioGoetze)

Newly-minted PSV Eindhoven star Mario Götze put together a little video to say “so long” to Borussia Dortmund and its fans:

#ThoMats challenge coming back (@esmuellert_)

If you were craving some Thomas Muller and Mats Hummels hijinks, you are in luck!

Also what happens when people get banned from BFW (@auntiefixesit)

I can’t see this guy’s face, but his body language tells the story:

Drunk boyfriend has reportedly joined reddit and is ranting into the void on Twitter.

What...a...goal (@MLS)

Sporting Kansas City center-forward Erik Hurtado had a bit of a worldie against Nashville.