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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich close to loaning Joshua Zirkzee to Anderlecht; Manchester City to offer nine figures for Jack Grealish; FC Barcelona doesn’t want Renato Sanches; and MORE!

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Zirkzee, Bayern closing in on loan to Anderlecht (via Corriere di Verona @iMiaSanMia)

The pursuit of Bayern Munich striker Joshua Zirkzee by Hellas Verona could be coming up short. Per a report out of Italy (captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia), the Bavarians are close to completing a loan deal with Anderlecht for Zirkzee:

Müller working on headers (@FCBayernEN)

Oh, you wanted a video of Thomas Müller working on headers? Here you go:

Also, Müller is the main for assist in Europe over the past five years:

Koeman not interested in Sanches (Transfer Market Web)

Despite reports to the contrary, FC Barcelona manager Ronal Koeman is not interested in former Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches:

Coming from a couple brilliant seasons into Lille ranks, which peaked into Les Dogues, against all odds, achieving Ligue 1 title, Portuguese international midfielder Renato Sanches has recently been linked to many A-listers around Europe. While not managing to shine out when he had his chance as a Bayern Munich player, back in 2016/17 and 2018/19, former Benfica and Swansea City playmaker, still on a deal with French club until June 2023, isn’t however an actual target for Barcelona FC, according to Spanish source RAC 1. Blaugrana boss Ronald Koeman doesn’t seem interested in Sanches at all indeed.

Roughly worth 30 million euros right now, according to, which means 50% more than the sum he was purchased by from Bayern, in summer 2019, by Lille, Aguias alumni is a worthwhile name anyway on the current football trade scene. Inquired about by both Juventus and Liverpool a few weeks ago, the 1997-born playmaker, turning 24 on August 18, is tracked by Arsenal (as a Granit Xhaka replacement), AS Roma (which seem however to be on the right way to fetch Xhaka himself from Gunners), and has even been linked to a move back into Bayern Munich ranks.

Part of Euro 2016 successful venture with Portugal, Sanches has to date already won four national titles (Primeira Liga 2015/16, Bundesliga 2016/17 and 2018/19, Ligue 1 2020/21); throughout his club career, he capped 196 times in official games overall, scoring twelve goals therein.

Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Episode 10 (Bavarian Football Works)

It was a big week on the news front for Bayern Munich.

There have been three preseason friendly losses to date, but some intriguing news surrounding the team has some fans thinking more about the future than the present group of youngsters masquerading as the senior team.

On this episode we talk about:

  • The Sport1 report saying Timo Werner, Erling Haaland, and Federico Chiesa have all been discussed internally as future options at Bayern Munich.
  • Updates on Leon Goretzka and Corentin Tolisso.
  • The upcoming Robert Lewandowski documentary.
  • Some winners and losers from the preseason so far.

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Check out this Man Mountain playing futsal:

City loves Grealish...a lot (@ESPNFC)

Manchester City loves them some Jack Grealish. How much? Like nine figures much:

I will never think of Grealish without thinking of this:

Roma chasing Sorloth (Transfer Market Web)

AS Roma has interested in RB Leipzig striker Alexander Sortloth:

Coming from a rather underwhelming debut seasonal performance he’s been providing RB Leipzig, 25-year old Norwegian international striker Alexander Sorloth might be soon on the move again. As long as a bid not much far from the 20 million euros German giants paid Crystal Palace out kicks in, Leipzig themselves are ready to let Erling Haaland’s national team backup out right away.

Already tracked by Fenerbahçe, Besiktas, and Mainz 05, former Trabzonspor and Gent hitman has been targeted by AS Roma as well, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport. Still on a deal with Bundesliga big act until June 2025, Rosenborg alumni used to play also for Groningen, Bodø/Glimt, and Midtjylland.

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