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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich interested in Adama Traoré, Flick used that pen, players driving verboten cars, and more!

The latest rumor links Bayern Munich to musclebound winger Adama Traoré. Bild called out the Bayern players for showing up to work in non-Audi vehicles. Ruh roh.

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Adama “I don’t lift weights” Traoré.
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Bayern Munich interested in Wolverhampton’s Adama Traoré (Transfermarkt.us)

The latest transfer rumor concerning Bayern Munich concerns the Wolverhampton Wanderers’ massive winger Adama Traoré. English journalist Duncan Castles revealed that Bayern has shown interest in signing Traoré on the Transfer Window Podcast on Friday.

The Wanderers paid €20 million for the 24-year-old Traoré at the start of the 2018/19 season but Castles thinks that the Wolves would demand no less than €100 million for the beefy forward. That price tag would almost undoubtedly kill any chance of a deal with Bayern Munich, though. Traoré has scored 6 goals and made 10 assists in a grand total of 43 games and a whopping 3,166 minutes.

Manchester City is also reportedly interested in Traoré.

Hansi Flick used the pen

Bayern players caught driving forbidden cars to work (Bild)

Scandal! Bild merrily reports that the Bayern stars are arriving to work at Säbener Strasse in the wrong cars. Coutinho rolling up in his Mercedes Benz, Niklas Süle showing up to rehab in his Ferrari — we’re going to have to add him to the “bling-bling gang” after all — Robert Lewandowski in his Porsche.

Oh, well, actually, Bild adds, Porsche is technically part of the Volkswagen Group, and so is Bentley (Lewy and Ivan Perisic also drive Bentleys), so those are allowed.

Where was I? Oh, right: indignation! Bayern players are supposed to drive their Audi SQ7s to work! So now that Bild has published their big Bild+ story about it, I guess they will have to make sure they do. Hasan Salihamidzic allegedly warned the players about using the wrong cars in January, but nobody has been fined for it yet. The amount threatened was €50,000! Thanks, Bild.

They even claim that the bosses were annoyed that the car Boateng crashed on the highway a few days ago was a Mercedes Benz — as if Audi would have preferred it if he lost control and crashed one of their cars? I find that a little hard to believe. Anyway, Audi had no comment.

Zirkzee challenges the masses

This is just so cool. I asked Joshua on Twitter if he’d share with us how it went. Fingers crossed he sees me!

“Arjen!” Robben joins the team’s cyber-training

Robben is as fit as ever — as if you expected anything else. Great to see him.

Relive the highlights of every Bayern game of 2019/20 (Bundesliga.com)

From matchday 1 to matchday 25, Bundesliga.com has compiled every one of its Bayern Munich highlight reels on a single webpage for your viewing pleasure. Try not to tear up.

Signal-Iduna-Park converted into coronavirus treatment center (BVB.de)

UEFA warns Belgium for cancelling season (NYT)

UEFA is not pleased that the Belgian Jupiler Pro League announced that it had decided to cancel it season and award the domestic championship to the team in first place on the last matchday placed, Club Brugge. The Netherlands have also set a deadline for the current season to finish, August 3 — after which they will likewise move on to the next season.

UEFA responded by threatening to bar Belgium and any leagues that follow their example from participation in the Champions League next year.

The New York Times and other publications received a letter signed by UEFA and “two powerful lobby groups” representing the top leagues and clubs. They urge all the leagues to do everything to finish the season currently suspended and threaten sanctions for those who do not, like Belgium. The letter said,

Any decision of abandoning domestic competitions is, at this stage, premature and not justified. Since participation in UEFA club competitions is determined by the sporting result achieved at the end of a full domestic competition, a premature termination would cast doubts about the fulfillment of such condition.

That could potentially mean exclusion from the Champions League and Europa League competitions, which are run by UEFA. All 55 of UEFA’s soccer federations received the letter. Time will tell how many of them follow its advice.

Isolated fan recreates stadium in Minecraft

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