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Daily Schmankerl: Juventus joins Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund in chase for Chelsea’s Timo Werner; Joshua Zirkzee “cancelled” Everton; Kai Havertz, Hakim Ziyech out of form?; Robin Gosens out for longer; and MORE!

It’s match day! Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Frankfurt! Let’s go!

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Juve joins Bayern, BVB on Werner hunt (The Hard Tackle)

Juventus is reportedly going to compete with Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in a race to land Chelsea forward Timo Werner:

Juventus are reportedly interested in signing Chelsea FC forward Timo Werner, who is also a target for Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

According to a report by Spanish outlet Fichajes, Timo Werner remains a highly sought-after player in the transfer market despite struggling to perform consistently for Chelsea. The German forward is the subject of interest from Juventus, who have joined Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund in his pursuit.

Werner, of course, scored during Chelsea 3-1 win over Southampton.

Werner could push Chelsea for transfer away (Sport1)

The lend some credence to the report above, Sport1 chimed in saying that Werner could push Chelsea into a “play me or sell me” scenario by the winter transfer window:

Timo Werner is apparently facing an ultimatum. At least that’s what the English Telegraph reports.

The German international does not want to look at his situation at Chelsea for much longer. According to the report, Werner is aiming for a change if he is unable to play in the starting XI in the coming weeks.

If there was a move, a return to the Bundesliga would be the most likely option. Especially if Robert Lewandowski leaves FC Bayern or Erling Haaland Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season.

Werner was never really able to take off in London after leaving RB Leipzig 2020 and has only been second choice at best since Chelsea signed Romelu Lukaku in the summer.

ICYMI: The Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 1, Episode 19 (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich is looking unstoppable, and grabbed yet another lopsided victory against Ukrainian champions Dynamo Kiev in the Champions League. Nagelsmann has made all the right moves thus far, and this team looks really formidable and is certainly a treble contender. Yes, the new coach is yet to be tested by elite opposition, but the early signs are very promising.

Bayern face Eintracht Frankfurt at home next, and we can safely expect a win from a team that’s looking overpowered right now.

And on that note, we had quite a lot to discuss on this pod, most of it being quite positive (gasp!). Here are some of the topics we covered:

  • Niklas Süle’s incredible form and the WhatsApp fiasco (again).
  • Bayern’s superb recent form.
  • Sabitzer’s lack of first team action, and what this means for him moving forward.
  • More Bouna Sarr banter.
  • Coman’s contract situation and whether he stays or leaves.
  • Michael Cuisance slander.
  • Cobra Kai, Game of Thrones and other stuff.

Havertz, Ziyech...out of form? (Transfer Market Web)

The drama at Chelsea does not end with Timo Werner. It appears that Kai Havertz and Hakim Ziyech are...out of form?

Yup. Here is the word:

Hakim Ziyech may have lost some confidence and belief after missing Chelsea’s 3-1 win over Southampton, according to Chelsea coach Thomas Tuchel. Trevoh Chalobah, Timo Werner, and Ben Chilwell scored for the hosts, who bounced back from last weekend’s defeat to Manchester City. Ziyech was an unused replacement.

Tuchel has justified his decision to leave the Morocco international and Kai Havertz out of Saturday’s match at Stamford Bridge.

“We always try to do our best to get the players in the best shape but at some point, after a lot of chances, we have to admit that Kai and Hakim are not in their very best shape,” the German coach was quoted by Football London.

“That may not even be their fault it’s just like this at the moment. They struggle at the moment to be decisive. But we had a period after pre-season when Kai and Hakim were very decisive for us. Hakim was a key player throughout our preparation and in his first game against Villarreal in the Super Cup, Kai also delivered the assist for Hakim’s goal. They have maybe lost a bit of belief, confidence, whatever. We will not stop trying to boost them. Nobody is angry at them and nobody has major concerns, but we have to pay attention to the actual form.”

Zirkzee “cancelled” Everton (Sport Witness)

Bayern Munich loanee Joshua Zirkzee recently recalled how he “cancelled” a potential move to Everton:

Bayern Munich striker Joshua Zirkzee has revealed he ‘cancelled’ a potential move to Everton when Bayern Munich came calling.

It’s a situation he’s spoken about before in the past, and he’s done so again in an interview with Het Nieuwsblad. “I finished the season at Feyenoord and looked at the possibilities,” he said. Ronald Koeman was Everton’s coach at the time, so as a Dutchman, I thought I would get more attention there. However, I cancelled Everton myself. Bayern also came to scout me, but just then, I played two lesser matches. I then said myself: Invite me for some test training, and I will convince you. That’s how it went.”

This story contained a bit more information on what we had previously heard about Everton’s initial pursuit of Zirkzee. Everton, of course, came back calling for Zirkzee years later, but could not close a deal for the Dutchman. Zirkzee is now at Anderlecht on loan.

Gosens feared out for two months (Transfer Market Web)

The injury to Atalanta star and Germany international Robin Gosens might be worse than first thought:

Robin Gosens will apparently not play another international match for the German national team this year. As the Italian media unanimously report, the flank player tore a tendon in his thigh in the encounter with Young Boys Bern (1-0). The downtime can accordingly extend to two months.

Initially, coach Gian Piero Gasperini assumed that the 27-year-old would be available again after the upcoming international break. Instead, the unsightly diagnosis was made.

The international matches of the DFB in November against Liechtenstein (November 11th) and Armenia (November 14th) are likely to come too early for Gosens.

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. Eintracht Frankfurt (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich will square off with Eintracht Frankfurt in the Bundesliga this weekend and the Bavarians will be looking to stay red hot.

Bayern Munich is on an incredible run where everything that Julian Nagelsmann has touched is turning to gold. Can Die Roten keep it going? I’d wager to say they sure can.

Here is what we have on tap for the episode:

  • A quick look at who is out for Bayern Munich.
  • The crazy draw streak that Eintracht Frankfurt is embroiled in.
  • How Die Adler are less talented than in recent seasons.
  • An appreciation of Filip Kostic.
  • Who might start for Bayern Munich.
  • A prediction on the match.

As always, thanks for your support and let us know what you think!