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Daily Schmankerl: rumor links Aranguiz to Bayern, Hoffenheim angry over Sieb, Bayern raises offer for Lauberbach, Coman punished for driving wrong car

A rumor out of the blue claimed Bayer Leverkusen’s Charles Aranguiz would move to Bayern Munich on a free transfer, but there is another reason why he has yet to sign an extension.

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Rumor claims Charles Aranguiz to sign with Bayern

A radio station in Chile (I know, I know) surprisingly claimed that Bayer Leverkusen’s excellent midfielder Charles Aranguiz was about to join Bayern Munich on a free transfer. The move would be devastating for Leverkusen and a coup for Bayern, even with its crowded central midfield.

But hold your horses: Bild jumped on the story and got down to the reason why Aranguiz had still not extended his contract, which will run out at the end of June. It is because his agent is stuck in Chile on account of the coronavirus pandemic. Leverkusen is confident that Aranguiz still intends to sign once Aranguiz’s agent can travel to meet him again.

Leverkusen’s sporting director Simon Rolfes commented, “We are still optimistic that we will come to an agreement with Charly” — whatever Chilean radio hosts might think.

Lawn darts at Säbener Strasse! (FCBayern.com)

Hansi Flick brought the fun at practice yesterday. The players were greeted by a massive dartboard on the edge of the field. With the help of some balls covered in velcro, an epic battle of lawn darts (ok, ok, not those lawn darts) was waged below the watchful eyes of Bild’s Heiko Niedderer.

Bayern gave an account of the training session, too, and shared some pictures on the official website.

Robert Lewandowski came away with 39 points from his three shots:

Niederer also filmed Sven Ulreich and Manuel Neuer.

Kingsley Coman to visit Audi factory after driving wrong car (Bild)

Bild raised some tiny waves a little over a week ago when it reported that various Bayern players had been spotted driving cars other than their Audi company cars to Säbener Strasse.

Now the latest offender will be punished: Kingsley Coman was seen on Tuesday leaving the facility in his white McLaren 570S. He gave an apology:

I would like to apologize to the club and to Audi for not coming to training in my work car. The reason was a damaged mirror on my Audi. Nonetheless, I obviously see that it was a mistake.

To make amends, I will visit the Audi factory in Ingolstadt for an autograph hour as soon as it is possible and bring along a few souvenirs.

Bayern making a second go at Kiel’s Lauberbach (Liga-Zwei)

In late January, news broke that Bayern Munich was thinking of signing Holstein Kiel’s Lion Lauberbach. Lauberbach was ready to move immediately while the winter window was open, but Kiel could not afford to let him go. Now Bayern may make a second run at the striker.

According to Liga-Zwei, Bayern has improved its offer for the 22-year-old striker, who is under contract with Kiel until 2022. He is viewed as a potential replacement for Kwasi Wriedt, who is set to depart for Willem Tilburg II after the season.

With Kiel, Lauberbach has played just 208 minutes this season, usually as a late sub. He has not scored for Kiel this season, but was more successful for his former club FSV Zwickau last season, scoring 8 goals and assisting 3 last season.

Hoffenheim angered by Sieb’s unannounced medical check (SPORT1)

Armindo Sieb will join Bayern Munich II on a free transfer next season, but one detail of his transfer has angered officials at TSG Hoffenheim. He apparently traveled to Munich with his agent to complete his medical check without informing his club. Hoffenheim’s sporting director Alexander Rosen was disappointed that Sieb had chosen to transfer to Bayern despite having trained regularly with Hoffenheim’s professional team and their “clear plans” to lead him to the pros.

Rosen was particularly bothered, however, by the fact that Bayern had Sieb travel to Munich in the middle of the coronavirus crisis without notifying his club. Rosen said,

Independent of that [i.e. his decision to transfer], we find it irritating in this connection that the player was summoned to Munich by FC Bayern for a medical check without coordinating with us. In light of the current coronavirus crisis with all its limitations and challenges, I am at a loss for words about such behavior.

Kwasi Wriedt about Joshua Zirkzee (kicker, AZ)

Speaking of Otschi, the big man recently beat Thomas Müller’s record as the most prolific scorer for Bayern II. Wriedt’s 17 goals this season have surpassed Müller’s own 15. Although he may be looking ahead to his next adventure, he had very kind words for his teammates at Bayern II, Joshua Zirkzee and Fiete Arp. “The boys have so much quality, much more than I did at that age,” he said of them.

Wriedt described his happiness for Zirkzee in particular:

His jump in performance makes me happy; it’s deserved in light of his potential. He was thrown into cold water with the pros, played fantastically, and gained self-confidence with his goals.

While Wriedt had scored the lion’s share of goals at Bayern II himself, Zirkzee had managed just 2 goals and 3 assists with “baby Bayern” — when the season was suspended he had already scored 3 goals and an assist for the first team.

FourFourTwo rates Peter Gulacsi higher than Manuel Neuer (FourFourTwo)

FourFourTwo’s list of the top 10 goalkeepers in world raised some eyebrows for various reasons. Jan Oblak topped the list at number 1 — no surprise there, really — but Marc-André ter Stegen was their choice for number 3, the highest rated German on the list. In their opinion,

Much like the more senior Neuer, ter Stegen has taken the modern idea of goalkeeping to a new level. Immaculate with his feet, he is tasked with building Barcelona’s play from the back.

After an unconvincing start in Barcelona, ter Stegen is now revered for his goalkeeping ability just as much as his passing. Surely just a matter of time before he takes the Germany jersey for good.

Somebody get Jogi Löw on the phone...

As for the Bundesliga, their top choice was RB Leipzig’s Peter Gulacsi. They said of Gulacsi,

Tall, quick off his line, great in the area and a supreme shot-stopper, Gulasci is arguably the best goalkeeper in Germany. His save percentage of 73.6% is excellent but, in truth, Leipzig’s joint league-low goals against column has as much to do with his organisational and communication skills as his stopping ability.

And Neuer? He was ranked eighth. They wrote,

Neuer has one of the poorest save ratios in the Bundesliga this season but his passing stats continue to impress.

While it’s true he’s not been at his best for some time now, on his day he remains one of the world’s finest all-round stoppers.

Sky to pay Bundesliga clubs (Sport Bild)

There may be light at the end of the tunnel for the Bundesliga clubs fearing bankruptcy. Bild reports that German broadcaster Sky may soon reach an agreement with the DFL that would result in a payment of much-needed cash. Sky had agreed to a grand total of €900 million in four installments, but the payment of the last installment had been cast into doubt since the league had been suspended since March 11.

Now it looks as if Sky will make a payment after all. Bild claims that it will be less than the originally agreed sum, but substantial nonetheless. ARD and ZDF are also reportedly ready to transfer their own contributions (totally about €40 million), while negotiations with DAZN, which bought the rights to the Friday matches, are more complicated.

But the money coming in will save the 1. and 2.Bundesliga clubs from insolvency.

3.Liga clubs in Bavaria resolved to finish the season (FCBayern.com)

A unanimous determination to finish the season was the outcome of a video conference among the five 3.Liga clubs of Bavaria: FC Bayern II, TSV 1860 München, FC Ingolstadt 04, SpVgg Unterhaching, and FC Würzburger Kickers. The manager and CEO of the Bavarian federation took part in the conference, as well. According to Bayern’s release about the decision,

The five Bavarian 3.Liga clubs, including the FC Bayern Amateurs, are agreed that, on the basis of the situation, there is no alternative to soon resuming the season in the 3.Liga that has currently been suspended on account of the coronavirus pandemic — even if that means that the remaining matches must be played without spectators. That is the outcome of an informal conversation of the top clubs in the Free State that the Bavarian Football Federation (BFV) had initiated.

FC Bayern Campus director Jochen Sauer emphasized that the clubs need “a clear commitment by all 3.Liga clubs to completing the season. We Bavarian clubs are agreed that more is at stake than this season.”

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