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Daily Schmankerl: PSG considers Bayern Munich’s Corentin Tolisso as Paul Pogba alternative; Greedy Bayern and Erling Haaland always want more; Edin Terzic to Wolfsburg?; Mixed bag for Bundesliga Teams of the Week; and MORE!

Does PSG prefer Bayern Munich’s French midfielder over Manchester United’s?

Bremer SV v Bayern Munchen - DFB Cup: First Round Photo by Joern Pollex/Getty Images

PSG to take Tolisso over Pogba? (Transfer Market Web)

Bayern Munich midfielder Corentin Tolisso could tempt Paris Saint-Germain as a lower-cost alternative to Paul Pogba. Both players are working on expiring contracts, but Tolisso would command a far lesser salary than the Manchester United man:

Despite having had several coaches over the last few years, the truth is that Tolisso has never had the opportunity to win the undisputed title mainly due to injuries. Despite having a contract in force until June 30, 2023, Bayern Munich would welcome getting rid of a Corentin Tolisso, who since he arrived in the summer of 2017, has played a total of 101 games, in which he has scored 19 goals and 13 assists, passing without pain or glory through the Bavarian team, which could now take advantage of the need of Paris Saint-Germain to try to recover a large part of those 40 million euros paid at the time.

Honestly, PSG could do a lot worse than Tolisso. When healthy, Tolisso is typically a strong player. The problem, as always, has been keeping him healthy for an extended period of time.

Pavard, Gnabry, Upamecano recognized by @WhoScored)

For those of you on the Pavard Hate Train, cover your eyes.

Benjamin Pavard, Serge Gnabry, and Dayot Upamecano were all names to WhoScored’s Bundesliga Team of the Week:

Magath touts Bayern’s mentality, Haaland’s greed for goals (Sport Bild)

Former Bayern Munich manager Felix Magath spoke about what makes Bayern Munich so powerful.

“The question is not whether I want to win, but what I will do for it: And that has significantly decreased in recent years at the other clubs,” Magath told Sport1 (as captured by Sport Bild). “The others lack greed, which is exactly why FC Bayern are now so strong with a (Joshua) Kimmich, (Leon) Goretzka, or (Robert) Lewandowski.”

Similarly, Magath thinks that Erling Haaland’s own sense of greed is what makes him such a special player.

“That’s exactly where Haaland differs from the rest. Greed! And not the ability,” said Magath. “He doesn’t have the quality that a (Marco) Reus has, but Haaland has the double or triple the greed of Reus.”

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works Flagship Show — (Bavarian Football Works)

Another week has gone by, and there’s even more Bayern Munich news to talk about. Of course the big one is how Joshua Kimmich was revealed to be unvaccinated, creating a massive rift in the Bayern fanbase. We can’t dedicate a whole podcast to that, but we did discuss it and a whole lot of other topics relevant to the club and German football at large.

In this episode, Samrin and Ineednoname discuss:

  • Why El Clasico has lost its luster, and why you should watch the Bundesliga instead.
  • Why German fans don’t seem to hate each other like Real Madrid and Barcelona fans do.
  • How the Bundesliga is marketed in India now, with ACTUAL PUNDITRY!
  • Room to improve the marketing, especially in comparison to the Premier League.
  • Samrin bullies INNN into remembering three Bielefeld/Mainz players.
  • The Champions League disaster from Germany in Europe.
  • A Haaland vs Lewandowski debate!
  • How Thomas Muller fits Bayern like a glove.
  • Joshua Kimmich’s vaccine decision (final third of the podcast).

Upamecano, Müller, Toppmöller honored by Bild (Bild via @iMiaSanMia)

Bild had a different take on its own Bundesliga Team of the Week. In the Bild version, Upamecano and Thomas Müller were recognized for their outstanding play:

Müller alone on Sportschau list (@Sportschau)

Meanwhile, Sportschau only selected Müller from Bayern Munich for its XI:

Sommer-lovin’ for Eberl (Sport1)

Borussia Mönchengladbach sporting director Max Eberl wants to keep Yann Sommer for years to come:

Max Eberl has a lot to do these days. Many contracts expire this season and next. But now there seem to be the first results.

As Bild reports, Borussia Mönchengladbach is about to extend the contract with goalkeeper Yann Sommer. The 32-year-old has supported the Foals since 2014 and inherited from Marc-André ter Stegen, who moved to Barcelona.

“Yann did a great job in Marc-André ter Stegen’s footsteps. Even at his age, he is a very strong goalkeeper, leader and vice-captain. Yes, we want to keep it for a very long time,” said Gladbach sporting irectorMax Eberl.

Sommer himself has shown consistently good performances for his Borussia for years. After a disappointing last season, the Swiss has been back in top form at least since the European Championship and is still a strong support for the Foals at 32.

“I’ve been with a great club for seven years. Now I’ll let myself be surprised and enjoy everything that’s to come,” said Sommer about a possible extension of his contract, which will expire in 2023.

Upamecano, Gnabry lauded by kicker (kicker via @iMiaSanMia)

Finally, Upamecano and Gnabry landed on kicker’s list:

Wolves eyeing Terzic for takeover (Transfer Market Web)

Edin Terzic did a fantastic job in leading Borussia Dortmund out of the gutter last season and now could be in line for the Wolfsburg job:

Currently acting as Borussia Dortmund technical director, after having managed the team as a caretaker from December 2020 to last June, almost 39-year old German-Croatian trainer Edin Terzic, according to Sport Bild, has been targeted by Wolfsburg top brass. The latter, which have just sacked Mark Von Bommel, after his latest demise against SC Freiburg, and in spite of his early season five win in a row string, are in fact deeming Terzic a fit candidate for taking over.

Across his Dortmund managing course, Terzic kept a 62.5% win rate (with 20 victories, 4 ties, 8 defeats), ending up accomplishing a DFB-Pokal title.

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works Postgame Show — Bayern 4, Hoffenheim 0 (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich danced their way past Hoffenheim in a fantastic performance; the game was over by the end of the first half as Serge Gnabry and Robert Lewandowski had scored by that time to give Bayern a 2-0 lead. Gnabry has been having a very productive season to date, scoring at a high rate. Lewandowski’s was a screamer which came courtesy of Thomas Müller outmuscling Chris Richards off the ball and setting up the Polish striker.

In the second half, goals from substitutes Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Kingsley Coman wrapped up the performance. Choupo-Moting is a deft finisher and tends to always score these days when he comes on a sub. Coman’s goal was beautifully set up by Dayot Upamecano with a long range pass from the back.

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