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Daily Schmankerl: Real Madrid to offer €35M for Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman?; Arsenal wants Gareth Bale; Newcastle United wants Marc-André ter Stegen; Kylian Mbappe to Liverpool?; and MORE!

Ah…another international break. Stay healthy my friends.

FC Bayern München v Sport-Club Freiburg - Bundesliga Photo by Stefan Matzke - sampics/Corbis via Getty Images

Madrid to offer Bayern €35M for Coman (The Hard Tackle)

Real Madrid is allegedly prepared to enter the bidding fray for Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman. FC Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Manchester City, and Manchester United have all been linked to Coman so far:

Real Madrid are reportedly keen on signing Kingsley Coman and are prepared to pay up to €35 million to land the 25-year-old Bayern Munich forward.

According to a report by Spanish outlet Defensa Central, Real Madrid have joined the race to sign Kingsley Coman from Bayern Munich. The Spanish giants would be willing to offer up to €35 million to prise the 25-year-old away from the Bundesliga champions.

Coman will assuredly have plenty of suitors, but €35 million seems a little low for such a dynamic (yet brittle) talent.

Vlahovic not looking for winter move (Transfer Market Web)

Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic has been linked to Bayern Munich, Juventus, Tottenham Hotspur, and other top-tier clubs, but the Serb does not want to make a move during this transfer window:

Fiorentina striker Dusan Vlahovic doesn’t want to leave the club in January despite interest from Juventus and Arsenal.

Corriere Fiorentino have reported that while Fiorentina would like to sell the player in January just so they sell him at a high price and because his value is reducing with every passing day. But the striker and his agents are keen on making sure that he stays in the winter transfer window.

Juventus see Vlahovic as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo but it will be tough for Juve to pay a high fee. Unless they don’t attempt to sign him in the same way as they signed Federico Chiesa, the deal may well be impossible for the Bianconeri.

NUFC wants Ter Stegen (Sport1)

Some of the suddenly increased budget Newcastle United has for next season could be directed toward FC Barcelona goalkeeper and Germany international Marc-André ter Stegen:

The newly rich Newcastle United are starting to prepare concrete plans for the upcoming transfer window. According to the Spanish newspaper El Nacional, the German national goalkeeper Marc-André ter Stegen should be at the top of the Magpies’ list.

The English should be ready in January to pay the equivalent of 54 million euros.

At Newcastle they are very interested in upgrading to the goalkeeping position and the 29-year-old Mönchengladbacher should be the first choice.

According to the report, the financially troubled FC Barcelona should be open to an offer for their number one.

Nevertheless, a change of Ter Stegens is rather unrealistic, as Newcastle does not play internationally and is fighting against relegation from the Premier League.

According to the report, Ter Stegen himself said that he felt very comfortable in Barcelona and would like to return home to Germany after his time in Barcelona.

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works Postgame Show: Bayern Munich’s 2-1 win over SC Freiburg (Bavarian Football Works)

Games against SC Freiburg are rarely easy; but Bayern Munich found a way to beat Christian Streich’s tough and gritty Freiburg side, 2 - 1. Leon Goretzka, excellent on the day, started the scoring; Robert Lewandowski added a second late on which would matter very much as Freiburg would get a goal back late on via Janik Haberer.

The following are our talking points:

  • The changes both coaches made.
  • The importance of Leroy Sané and how Julian Nageslmann deploys him in the team.
  • Robert Lewandowski’s evolving role in this team.
  • SC Freiburg’s position in the table and why that is no fluke.
  • What SC Freiburg did really well in this game.

Upamecano’s big day against Freiburg (@WhoScored)

Dayot Upamecano had a good performance against SC Freiburg after a couple of rough outings within the last month. How good? Well, he won possession in the defensive third an astounding 13 times against Christian Streich’s squad:

Mbappe prefers LFC over Madrid? (Sport1)

It has been widely assumed that if Kylian Mbappe actually leaves Paris Saint-Germain, that he will move to Real Madrid. Now, however, Liverpool could be a more enticing destination for the Frenchman as he wants to play for Jurgen Klopp.

So will Mbappe go to Liverpool or will Klopp move to Real Madrid to make this happen? Either way, you have to love the Spanish media (as captured by Sport1):

It seemed like everything was already clear: Kylian Mbappé will join Real Madrid next summer. But as the Spanish newspaper El Nacional now reports, doubts about a change should have arisen in the French international.

According to the report, Mbappé is said to have imposed the condition that he only come to the Spanish capital if Jürgen Klopp is the coach of the Madrilenians - but that is extremely unlikely at the moment.

Mbappé is said to be disappointed with Real’s appearance under Carlo Ancelotti this season. The 23-year-old is not said to be a fan of the Italian’s style of play and apparently prefers Klopps’ offensive pressing football. Allegedly, Mbappé Real President Florentino Pérez is said to have even advised the German star coach to be hired.

ICYMI: The Weekend Warm-up Podcast — Season 1, Episode 24 (Bavarian Football Works)

Here we are...here the bleep we are! It’s the Weekend Warm-up Podcast coming off the heels of a big week for Bayern Munich. After a couple of big wins and just ahead of yet another international break, the Bavarians look like they are back to normal. Here is what we have on tap:

  • A quick look at the successes over the past week in downing Union Berlin and Benfica.
  • A little frustration about the lack of rotation in some key spots from Julian Nagelsmann.
  • Why Marcel Sabitzer should be playing more, even if he hasn’t been great.
  • Ditto for Jamal Musiala, who should also be getting more playing time.
  • The latest on Niklas Süle’s contract situation and the rumored interest from Newcastle United.

Gunners “desperate” for Bale (Transfer Market Web)

Arsenal could be plotting a move for Gareth Bale:

Gareth Bale is the subject of interest from the London giants over a surprise move in the winter transfer window. Arsenal are prepared to offer €5m to sign the Real Madrid attacker and have already approached Los Blancos over a potential January transfer.

The 2021/22 campaign has been one to forget for Gareth, who has featured only three times so far, scoring once, with injuries blighting his season so far. The 32-year-old, though, seems ready to leave Los Blancos as a free agent, having entered the final year of his deal with Real Madrid.

And his next destination could well be the PL, with the Gunners interested in the Welsh winger. The interest from the Gunners comes as a bit of a surprise. Firstly, his storied history with Tottenham means signing Gareth could be a complicated process.

In addition, his injury woes have shown no signs of disappearing, which begs the question as to how the winger would prove to be a valuable signing for Arsenal.

Nevertheless, it seems like the Gunners are seriously pursuing a move for Gareth, with a €5m bid in the works. While the impending bid is a small figure, Los Blancos are unlikely to recoup much from the sale of a footballer who barely features for them.

This made me laugh (@TrollFootball)

I’ll admit it, I chuckled: