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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich’s Leon Goretzka a fallback option for Manchester United; AC Milan wants Marcel Sabitzer; Fiete Arp scores; Romelu Lukaku to Chelsea; Renato Sanches to FC Barcelona; and MORE!

Here we go, the Bundesliga season is not far away now.

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Goretzka considered fallback for United if they can’t land Camavinga (The Express)

The rumors of Manchester United chasing Bayern Munich midfielder are likely true, but the Red Devils know prying the Germany international away from the Bavarians is a tough task.

For now, Manchester United will make Goretzka a fallback option as it will pursue alleged Bayern Munich transfer target and Stade Rennais midfielder Eduardo Camavinga as its top choice:

Bayern Munich midfielder Leon Goretzka is a potential target for United after entering the final year of his contract at the Allianz Stadium.

The 26-year-old could be an alternative to Camavinga, with Sport Witness having reported that the teenager now looks set to stay at Rennes.

Goretzka would offer dynamism and drive from midfield as well as a goalscoring threat - having netted eight in all competitions last season as well as posting nine assists.

He is valued at £63 by Transfermarkt, making him a more affordable option than another target Declan Rice, whose price tag is too high for United to match this summer.

Milan also eyeing Sabitzer (@iMiaSanMia)

AC Milan is also reportedly chasing RB Leipzig midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, but the Austrian supposedly wants a longer stay in the Bundesliga:

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.

Lukaku looks to be headed to Chelsea (@FabrizioRomano)

It looks like Romelu Lukaku is going to make the move from Inter Milan to Chelsea:

Things progressed quickly from the early reports:

While this is big news in and of itself, it also has big ramifications on a few Schmankerl favorites: Timo Werner, Kai Havertz, and Christian Pulisic. While those players all play multiple roles and positions, the Chelsea attacking core if getting a little full...and there could be some spillage.

Werner would seem to be the most likely to move on. It would be nice if he had a good, comfortable landing spot where he could work with a familiar coach.

#ArpTrain is back on track! (@Holstein _Kiel)

Fiete Arp got his name on the scoresheet for Holstein Kiel during his 60 minutes of play as he converted a penalty kick:

Sanches to Barca? (Le 10 Sport)

Per a report from Le 10 Sport, former Bayern Munich midfielder is on the verge of a move to FC Barcelona. The hold up is that that Barcelona needs to work out a deal with Lille to procure Sanches. To circumvent some of its financial issues, Barca would like to get Sanches on a “loan with an option buy” deal.

Sanches, of course, was recently linked to a move back to Bayern Munich — which seems ludicrous given the events that led to his initial departure.

Davies listed among “Top 5 North Americans” in the Bundesliga (Bundesliga.com)

He might be injured right now, but Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies was named one of the Top 5 North Americans in the Bundesliga by the league website.

The other members included:

  • Gio Reyna, Borussia Dortmund
  • Tyler Adams, RB Leipzig
  • Julian Green, Greuther Fürth
  • Joe Scally, Borussia Mönchengladbach

We found a couple surprising omissions:

  • Jon Brooks, Wolfsburg
  • Chris Richards, Bayern Munich

I mean, I’d take Brooks and Richards over Green and Scally at this point, but that is just me. Scally was impressive against Bayern Munich during this preseason and Greuther Fürth was just promoted, so perhaps there was some recency bias.