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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich’s Nagelsmann gets pointers from Hansi Flick; Messi’s weird new shirt number; how Barcelona are losing a fortune; PSG in for Camavinga; and MORE!

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Julian Nagelsmann exchanged views with Hansi Flick (@iMiaSanMia)

This isn’t really breaking news, but it is a nice little tidbit to share with you all. Bayern Munich coach Julian Nagelsmann has kept in touch with his predecessor, and admitted taking pointers from him about how to manage the squad. Here’s the quote, as captured by our dear friends @iMiaSanMia:

I hope Hansi told him the most important rule: “Thomas Muller always plays.” Other than that, what else could he have said? Here’s some ideas:

  • “Don’t sub Kimmich, he will kill you in your sleep.”
  • “Robert is a cheat code. Don’t rely on him too much.”
  • “Roca? Never heard of him.”

Let’s hope whatever Flick said, Nagelsmann takes it to heart. Can’t hurt taking advice from your sextuple winning predecessor.

PSG could offer Messi the #30 (Marca)

Now this one is really weird. With Messi said to go to PSG, he needs a new shirt number. Could he really end up with the number 30?

One of the intricacies that follows a transfer is a player has to pick a new shirt number, often moving to a club where their previous number is already in use, and that is the case with Lionel Messi at PSG, with the Parisian club offering him no.30.

Messi had been offered the No.10 shirt by his friend, Neymar, but he refused and one of the alternatives was the No.19, which he also wore in his youth.

The No.30, though, is likely to be chosen, even though it’s a number that usually is reserved for goalkeepers in Ligue 1.

Ligue 1 are excited to welcome such a star as Messi and will have no major issues with that being changed for the Argentine’s arrival.

Messi leaving may cost Barcelona €137 million in brand value (Brand Finance)

Never heard of these guys before, but apparently they’re some kind of a big deal. Anyway, Brand Finance estimate that Leo Messi’s departure from Barcelona could cost the club as much as 137 million euros in brand value. How did they come to that conclusion? Well:

Looking at Messi’s role in driving revenue for the club across different streams, Brand Finance has estimated that his departure could result in an 11% drop to Barcelona’s brand value. In absolute terms, the club could see a €137m decline to its 2021 brand valuation of €1,266m, and lose any chance of overtaking Real Madrid. With a lower brand value of €1,129m following Messi’s departure, Barcelona could also slide down to third place in the Brand Finance Football 50 2021 ranking behind Manchester United (brand value €1,130m).

Just for fun, I clicked on their full ranking to see where they put Bayern Munich, and the answer was a pleasant surprise:

Bayern takes the lead in brand strength and enterprise value

Unaffected by the ESL fiasco, and thus avoiding the disastrous damage, Bayern Munich has claimed the title of the world’s strongest football club brand this year, with a brand strength score of 91.9 out of 100 and the corresponding elite AAA+ rating.

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Bayern’s leading brand strength score has contributed to an increase in brand value to €1,068 million and climbing up to 5th position overall in the ranking. The club’s enterprise value has also rocketed up by nearly €300 million to €3,606 million, allowing them to take the crown in that ranking too, recording an 8% increase year-on-year. Sometimes it pays off to be the nice guy with Bayern leading the figures for commercial revenue generation of any football team at €360.5 million, a key contributing factor to the year-on-year increase in enterprise value. Real Madrid, Liverpool, Manchester United and Manchester City round up the top five for enterprise value.

Sucks for Barca, but I think these guys seem legit.

PSG aren’t done yet! (Foot Mercato)

As if signing Messi wasn’t enough, looks like Paris Saint-Germain are determined to bring about the end of football as we know it by spending more cash in one window than most clubs could spend in a hundred years. Here we see, from an admittedly poor source, their desire to snap up Eduardo Camavinga — a midfielder who has been tenuously linked with Bayern in the past.

PSG’s desire to sign him is in any case very real and Stade Rennais can expect an agitated end of the transfer window. After having mentioned the amount of 100 M € a few weeks ago, the management of the Breton club hopes to recover 50 M € thanks to the young French talent. But in view of Camavinga’s contractual situation (at the end of the contract in 2022), the transfer fee could be negotiated well below ...

€50m? Is amateur hour? I’m sure Nasser has that kind of cash stuck under his couch cushions.

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

It was a crazy week in terms of Bayern Munich news and we’re talking about the absolute biggest stories!

What happened, you ask? Well, you came to the right place to find out. The hot topics we hit on this week include:

  • Joshua Zirkzee’s preseason was bad, but he will get a chance to start over with a loan to RSC Anderlecht.
  • Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka could both extend their contracts with the club shortly.
  • Bayern Munich’s rumored pursuit of RB Leipzig star midfielder Marcel Sabitzer.