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Daily Schmankerl: Hansi Flick aiming for Germany to return to glory; What is going on with Bayern Munich’s Kingsley Coman?; Inter Milan could be off-loading Ivan Perisic again; Lionel Messi probably killed off Paul Pogba moving to PSG; and MORE!

A new era is beginning for Germany under Hansi Flick.

FC Bayern Muenchen - Training Session Photo by S. Widmann/Getty Images for FC Bayern

Flick’s got lofty goals for Germany (@iMiaSanMia)

Former Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick is not interested in debating where Germany stands against its international competition these days. The 56-year-old is focused on rebuilding German football into a juggernaut.

“We’re 12th at the moment, but the new FIFA ranking will come out at the end of August. The goal is to get back to the top of the world. It won’t be quick, but we will do everything we can to get back to the top of the world,” Flick said.

The sextuple-winner also views Italy and Spain and squads he can use as models for Die Mannschaft.

“The passion they showed at the Euros was inspiring,” Flick said. “They tried to put the opponent under pressure early on. We can learn from everyone.”

No word on Coman (Bavarian Football Works)

Earlier this summer, the ongoing contract battle between Kingsley Coman (mostly his camp) and Bayern Munich was all the rage.

Now, however, everything has gone mysteriously...silent.

We know that the Bavarians have been hard at work in the board in negotiating with Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, and Niklas Süle, but Coman’s case seems to have just fallen to the wayside.

Last we heard, the two sides were pretty far apart and sometimes during negotiations that can mean a break is needed. Perhaps that is all this means or maybe Bayern Munich has realized dealing Coman’s camp (and his demands) might not be part of their future planning.

With Manchester United and Chelsea — two of the top suitors for Coman — both making big splashes on other players, the market for the oft-injured Frenchman could be barren for now as well.

Whatever the case, Coman is just back from an injury and in the mix to start this weekend against Borussia Mönchengladbach. With his contract running through 2022/2023, Bayern Munich also could just be tabling further discussions until next summer, when the heat will almost certainly will be on both sides to get a deal done — or find a bidder with a good proposal.

As Inter sells everyone, Perisic could be next (Football Italia)

Former Bayern Munich treble-winner Ivan Perisic could be leaving Inter Milan (again):

The sales aren’t over at Inter, as it’s reported either Marcelo Brozovic or Ivan Perisic is also on the transfer market. While there were rumours of €70m proposals for Lautaro Martinez from Atletico Madrid and Tottenham Hotspur, as well as Arsenal interest, it seems Inter are reticent to let their other star striker go as well. That doesn’t mean the rest of the squad is safe, as TeleLombardia report this evening that at least one of Brozovic and Perisic should also leave San Siro this summer. The two Croatia internationals are only under contract until June 2022 and negotiations for a renewal seem doomed to failure. So rather than lose them on free transfers, they are being told to find other clubs.

If affordable...I’d still absolutely take Perisic back with Bayern Munich.

On a side note, the talent drain at Inter is insane.

ICYMI: The Bavarian Podcast Works Flagship Show (Bavarian Football Works)

We’ve got a full preseason to discuss in this first flagship episode of the new season. There were winners, there were losers, and there were players that were just so/so. There have also been a few juicy transfer rumors floating about just weeks before the window officially closes, so we had to talk about it. There was lots to unravel in this season 4 flagship liftoff!

Yet again, we’re providing you the best audio content by giving you a wrap-up and recap of this most recent match. In this episode, we discuss:

  • Bayern’s preseason
  • Winners and losers from Bayern’s preseason.
  • Impressions thus far of Julian Nagelsmann
  • The futures of bout Joshua Zirkzee and Michael Cuisance
  • The Marcel Sabitzer transfer rumor.
  • And of course we snuck in some quality banter!

Pogba-to-PSG just got Messi (Sky Sports)

Lionel Messi just claimed his first victim at Paris Saint-Germain and the Argentine legend has not even taken the field yet. All summer, Paul Pogba was rumored to be making the jump from Manchester United to PSG. Now, however, that move probably will not happen:

Paris Saint-Germain are increasingly unlikely to make an offer for Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba in this transfer window. Sky Sports News reported in July that the French club are interested in signing Pogba and they will continue to keep an eye on his situation, especially if he does not sign a new contract before the end of this year.

This actually could have some implications with Bayern Munich as Manchester United was one of the clubs linked to midfielder Corentin Tolisso. If Pogba stays, the Red Devils might be less inclined to submit an offer for Tolisso.

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.