When asked for his assessment of Kane following the clash, Lewandowski replied: “Yeah, for sure [I have respect for Kane]. I have for every player respect. I know how good they are and also Harry Kane how many goals he scores.”
Both strikers were strongly linked to leave their respective clubs during the summer transfer. Kane, however, backtracked on his desire to leave Tottenham – although he is expected to seek another exit in 2022. Lewandowski, meanwhile, was linked with a move to Chelsea before they brought back Romelu Lukaku. The 33-year-old told Bayern that he wanted to leave but was informed that was not possible until next summer.
It came to no surprise to anyone that Real Madrid was going to make another run at Lewandowski. The website 90min.com gave its rationale on why Los Blancos might really be able to bring Lewy to Spain this time:
Real Madrid could turn to Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski in the transfer market next summer if they miss out on primary ‘number nine’ target Erling Haaland. Real are also expected to go after Manchester United midfielder Paul Pogba and Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappe, both of whom could be available as free transfers.
AS notes that Los Blancos ideally want that to be Haaland, who has continued his sensational scoring form for Borussia Dortmund at the start of this season. He only recently turned 21 and offers enormous long-term potential, in addition to being a readymade world class player. But competition for the Norwegian’s signature is set to be fierce. He has a €75m release clause that becomes active at the end of the season, capping his transfer fee way below his real market value, with Manchester City, Manchester United, Bayern and PSG all linked.
For Real, a shorter term option would therefore be Lewandowski. By next summer, the veteran Pole will be close to 34 but will only have one year left on his contract at Bayern. It is claimed that he will formally ask to leave the Bundesliga champions at that point. Suggestions that Lewandowski is ready to seek a new challenge are not new. It was reported last month that he is considering his future at Bayern and was frustrated by the club’s unwillingness to sell him this year for a realistic price, having valued him at over €100m.
ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 1, Episode 16 (Bavarian Football Works)
What a week it was for Bayern Munich players on international break.
There were plenty of wins and goals and perhaps an injury or two, but we’ve all made it to the weekend once again. Get ready for the next few days with Chuck....and JAKE! After weeks of promising to bring in a guest, Jake hopped on to give his takes on several pertinent topics. Here is what we have on tap:
- A quick look at the re-energized Germany squad and what this means under Hansi Flick moving forward.
- A discussion on the rumors linking Bayern Munich to both RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer and Chelsea FC’s Timo Werner.
- Assessing how Bayern Munich — with its weary legs — matches up with RB Leipzig and FC Barcelona.
Liverpool FC could have its eyes on RB Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi — and could make a serious run at the Germany international:
Red Bull Salzburg striker Karim Adeyemi has ‘huge potential’ and can follow in the footsteps of Serge Gnabry amid claims that a move to Premier League giants Liverpool could be on the cards, Austrian legend Toni Polster told OE24.
“You simply have to congratulate Salzburg,” said Polster, the Austrian national team’s all-time top scorer. Karim Adeyemi was a great move. You put over three million euros on the table for a 16-year-old, and you took a big risk. That risk has already more than paid off. Adeyemi is now worth 20 million euros (£17 million). The scouting department did a really good job there. It’s only a matter of time before the young bull ends up at a top club. Bayern, Barcelona and Liverpool have already expressed their interest. But the next step has to be carefully considered.”
Liverpool’s bid for Adeyemi could come as early as January per Transfermarkt (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). FC Barcelona is also in the mix, while Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund seem to be in the tier of interested clubs:
Liverpool and Barcelona are considering January bids for Karim Adeyemi. RB Salzburg want around €30m for the German international. Bayern and Borussia Dortmund are also closely following the development of Adeyemi [@Transfermarkt] pic.twitter.com/m6MxEij92u— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) September 9, 2021
Liverpool might be scoping Adeyemi, but it is also in pursuit of Borussia Dortmund’s Jude Bellingham:
FC Liverpool chasing Jude Bellingham. Reports from UK are correct, as Klopp is monitoring the midfielder for a potential transfer next summer. But #BVB position is quite clear: The Bundesliga side don’t want to sell Jude . Contract until 2025 - no release clause. ⚫️ @SPORT1— Patrick Berger (@berger_pj) September 8, 2021
ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. RB Leipzig (Bavarian Football Works)
Crunch time is here! Bayern Munich will be facing two strong teams in the span of just four days: A weekend fixture at Leipzig, followed by a midweek Champions League game against Barcelona. RB Leipzig will definitely be a tough test for Nagelsmann early in the season, with a star-studded cast comprised of seasoned veterans and some top youth talents that can take on any team on their day.
In this podcast, we will preview Bayern’s fixture against Leipzig and touch on some other topics, like Flick’s impact on the German NT.
Here are the key talking points:
- A reinvigorated German NT side
- RB Leipzig’s squad (transfers in/out and impact of said transfers)
- Leipzig’s form heading into the game
- Bayern’s injury crisis
- Lineup and final scoreline predictions
Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic did not let on if he was really trying to unload Corentin Tolisso, Michael Cuisance, and Bouna Sarr...but I think fans know the answer to that anyway:
Salihamidžić on Sarr, Cuisance and Tolisso who stayed at Bayern despite having reportedly been for sale: "These guys are just as part of the team as everyone else. I didn't know they were supposed to get sold"— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) September 9, 2021
During Bayern Munich’s 3-0 victory over SC Sand last weekend, Lina Magull dropped a perfect pass over the backline of Sand that Klara Bühl was first to reach. She touched the ball just out of the reach of the Sand goalkeeper into the path of Linda Dallmann who had an open net to pass into for the easy Bayern goal. Magull’s pass was acknowledged this week by Magenta Sport as one of the best plays of the weekend in the Frauen Bundesliga.
Bayern U17 co-head coach Halil Altintop is on his path to be a fully licensed head coach at the highest levels. Beginning at the end of August, Altintop started the UEFA Pro License course with the Turkish Football Federation. He is expected to complete the court next year.
Altintop already has the elite junior license and the UEFA A license in Germany. Last season, both Danny Galm and Danny Schwarz completed the German version of the Pro License course; however, the DFB is not offering it again until next season, hence Altintop heading to Turkey to complete the training course. It will consist of multiple visits to Turkey over the next year as well as online work and a group from the Turkish federation visiting Munich to observe Altintop in training.