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Daily Schmankerl: Julian Nagelsmann won’t dress so crazily at Bayern Munich...all the time; Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona talking new contract; Erling Haaland and Real Madrid with a pre-deal?; Robin Gosens pokes back at Uli Hoeneß; and MORE!

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No more mustard-colored bubble jackets I guess.

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Nagelsmann to somewhat tone down wardrobe (Bild)

Bayern Munich boss Julian Nagelsmann has plans to tone down his sometimes eccentric wardrobe choices.

“This question really doesn’t concern me at the moment. But basically, the style of clothing should match the job you have. Now I’m with one of the biggest clubs in the world. I will probably no longer wear the colorful jacket that I might have wore at my previous clubs. But I’m not going to completely change myself as a type. It must match. You are a certain person, you can also broadcast that, but you also have a certain role. I’ll try to dress neatly. Maybe not in the brightest colors anymore. But not deadly boring either.”

Falk says BVB is stiff-arming Chelsea (@cfbayern)

According to Sport Bild chief Christian Falk, Borussia Dortmund won’t be be swayed by a mega-offer from Chelsea to sell of Norwegian superstar Erling Haaland:

Could it be possible that a move will not happen because of a pre-arranged deal between Haaland, Real Madrid, and Dortmund? At least one journalist thinks so:

Gosens pokes Hoeneß back (@iMiaSanMia)

Just a few days after Uli Hoeneß said he was “technically too weak”, Robin Gosens hit Instagram to say he was working on his technique:

This is good, light-hearted fun from Gosens. Certainly, Hoeneß’s criticism has some merit, but rather than get his “back up”, Gosens played it safe with a little jab back all in good fun.

Gunners gonna gunner (@notdubs1)

File this among the worst goals you will ever see:

Is this the curse of Gunnersaurus?

Bayern launches “work and utility brand” collection (FCBayern.com)

If you like Bayern Munich and you like Engelbert Strauss, this is for you:

FC Bayern and Engelbert Strauss, Europe’s leading work and utility brand and official partner of the German champions, have created a joint workwear collection. The Strauss x FC Bayern Workwear Collection will be available to millions of Bayern fans around the world from 16 July 2021. The cooperation between FC Bayern and Engelbert Strauss started in 2020.

Andreas Jung, FC Bayern board member for marketing, sponsorship and events: “We’re proud to have developed this collection with Engelbert Strauss. You achieve nothing without work – that applies on the football pitch as well as to life in general. It’s great that Engelbert Strauss is a part of the FC Bayern family, and we look forward to a promising future together.”

Henning Strauss, Engelbert Strauss CEO and creative director: “Strauss and FC Bayern are two strong brands, made in Germany. From engineers to contractors, we’ve created masterpieces together for FC Bayern fans around the world. But it’s not just the fans who are the focus. The team behind the team is also part of the success at Bayern Munich and performs at its best every day in the Engelbert Strauss masterpieces.”

Dumfries to Everton? (Gazetta Dello Sport via @EvertonBlueArmy)

Bayern Munich had been linked with PSV Eindhoven’s Denzel Dumfries, but it appears he could be headed to Everton if he leaves the Netherlands:

Inter Milan has also been rumored to have interest in Dumfries as well (per Transfer Market Web):

Inter are reluctant to meet PSV’s valuation of Denzel Dumfries - as Calcio Mercato reports.

The Dutch outfit are demanding €20 million (£17m/$24m) for the full-back, who shone for the Netherlands at Euro 2020 earlier this summer.

Inter cannot meet that price without offloading players first, due to the fact they are still struggling financially amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Messi renewal talks underway (Transfer Market Web)

Lionel Messi and FC Barcelona have begun talks about a potential renewal:

Messi, who has spent his entire career at Barcelona, is now a free agent for the first time, after his contract expired at the end of June. Any hopes of seeing away from the Camp Nou are dim, at least according to Barcelona president Joan Laporta.

Laporta, speaking at a private event in Barcelona, told reporters that “Messi’s renewal is...progressing adequately”. Whether that’s true or just words to quell unrest among Barca fans is yet to be seen, but what is for sure is that Barcelona will need to get rid of some important salaries before they hope to be able to re-sign Messi. The club is in fact currently over the wage limitations imposed by La Liga, and will need to clear some space to fit the Argentine’s new contract.

Messi just helped Argentina win the Copa America for the first time since 1993, playing a crucial role in the Albiceleste’s success. Both Manchester City and PSG have been linked to a possible deal for the number 10, but nothing concrete has come to the surface, at least not yet. We’ll see if Barcelona manage to keep Messi in the squad, and how much they are willing to spend to do so.