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Daily Schmankerl: FC Barcelona once wanted Bayern Munich’s Philipp Lahm; Borussia Dortmund not selling Erling Haaland; Marcel Halstenberg to BVB?; Chelsea rejected on Federico Chiesa bid; and MORE!

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It’s game day!!!! Bayern Munich vs. FC Köln.

FBL-EUR-C1-BARCELONA-BAYERN Photo credit should read JAVIER SORIANO/AFP via Getty Images

Barca wanted Lahm (Tz)

Once upon a time, FC Barcelona wanted to bring in Bayern Munich legend Philipp Lahm:

“Once I actually dealt with it more specifically,” Lahm told Sport Bild (as captured by Tz). “It would have been FC Barcelona, number one in Europe at the time. But then I decided to stay with Munich. With Barcelona I might have won the Champions League more often, but it was important to me to do it with my club. I would have blamed myself for it all my life if I’d left and Bayern at some point would have won the Champions League during this time without me.”

BVB bosses say Haaland is not going anywhere (@cfbayern)

Borussia Dortmund’s front office does not appear to be ready to let Erling Haaland walk away to Chelsea FC, Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, Manchester City or anyone else this summer:

ICYMI: The Weekend Warm-up Podcast (Bavarian Football Works)

The European Championships are over and now the focus shifts fully to Bayern Munich’s preparations for this season. Julian Nagelsmann is working with a stripped down crew right now, but the young coach is making the most of this time.

On this episode we talk about the following:

  • The Euro finale between Italy and England.
  • The rumors linking Robert Lewandowski to Real Madrid, Chelsea FC, and Manchester City.
  • The uncertain future of Michaël Cuisance in Bavaria.
  • The completely unlikely story about Bayern Munich bidding €80 million for Federico Chiesa.

Halstenberg to Dortmund? (Sport1 via Ronan Murphy)

The rumblings regarding a potential move by RB Leipzig’s Marcel Halstenberg to Borussia Dortmund are getting louder:

The best assist men per minute (@thesefootytimes)

Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller and former Bavarian winger Franck Ribery are among the best players for “assists per minute”:

Klopp could get Sanches (Daily Express via Sky)

Could Liverpool be close to getting Renato Sanches? Jurgen Klopp might get his man to replace Gini Wijnaldum from Lille:

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp might finally have his Gini Wijnaldum replacement in Renato Sanches, with the Reds reportedly primed to sign the Portuguese midfielder from Lille this summer (Daily Express).

Chelsea rejected on Chiesa bid (@SkySportsPL)

Chelsea reportedly put down a €99 million bid for Juventus winger Federico Chiesa, but was soundly rejected by The Old Lady (who among us...am I right?):

Nmecha to Wolfsburg (@ManuelVeth)

Lukas Nmecha will reportedly make the move to Wolfsburg: