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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich to pursue Chelsea’s Timo Werner for January?; Real Madrid planning Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe tandem?; Bayern chasing Ajax’s Antony again?; Premier League clubs want Florian Wirtz; and MORE!

It’s match day! Bayern Munich vs. FC Barcelona.

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January move to Bayern for Werner? (Football Insider)

According to Football Insider’s sources, Bayern Munich could be looking to bring in Chelsea FC’s Timo Werner in January:

Bayern Munich are already working on signing Chelsea striker Timo Werner next year and a January deal is a possibility, Football Insider understands.

This site broke the news earlier in the summer that the German giants had a “concrete interest” in luring the striker from Stamford Bridge. A German source has told Football Insider that Bayern remain very keen on Werner and could even land him in the winter window.

While Bayern Munich might like to have a deeper squad heading into the stretch run of the season, a January move would not seem like typical Bavarian business. If — a big if — Werner was in the bargain bin and available at “can’t pass it up” kind of price, we could potentially Bayern Munich consider such a move.

Madrid going all out for Haaland and Mbappe? (Sport1)

Is Real Madrid building a mega-team that will be led by Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappe and Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland? At least a few reports indicate that it is a possibility:

Next summer there should be a lot of movement in the international top striker’s market. Kylian Mbappé is then - as of now - available for a free transfer, Erling Haaland can also go for a fixed transfer fee, which, according to SPORT1 information, can increase to up to 90 million euros .

Real Madrid in particular will be in focus. Los Blancos wanted to sign Mbappé this summer, media reports are said to have offered around 200 million for the world champion. But PSG stayed tough. Los Blancos are expected to secure Mbappé’s services for free next summer. But Real obviously doesn’t have enough with that. BVB professional Haaland is also supposed to come next summer.

Of course, should deals for either one of the talented youngsters fall through, Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski would be back on the docket for Los Blancos:

If the galactic duo Mbappé / Haaland does not work out, Real is looking for a plan B, according to the report. And his name is accordingly Robert Lewandowski. If Haaland doesn’t move to Madrid, Lewandowski should do it.

The world footballer still has a contract with FC Bayern Munich until 2023. According to SPORT1 information, his advisor Pini Zahavi would not mind if his client decided to switch to a top European club again. Lewandowski has been associated with Real in the past.

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Barcelona vs Bayern Munich (Bavarian Football Works)

Having just won a grueling game against RB Leipzig, Bayern Munich immediately travel to Spain to kick off their Champions League campaign against Barcelona. This is a very different Barca side from the one Bayern beat 8-2 last year. Leo Messi and Luis Suarez are no longer on the team, replaced by Memphis Depay and Luuk de Jong (more on him later).

Here are our talking point ahead of the game:

  • A basic rundown of Barcelona for a La Liga novice.
  • How Koeman may line up his team in a 3-5-2 including which Barca players are fit/injured.
  • Pros and cons of the 3-5-2.
  • Discussing the threat of Memphis Depay.
  • What a Barcelona team with a 4-2-3-1 can look like.
  • How injuries could derail Bayern in this crucial game at the start of the season.
  • Samrin exposing her opinions by saying Luuk de Jong is Barca’s most dangerous player (what???).
  • A more sane pick for Barca’s potential dangerman.

Remember this? (@FCBayernUS)

It was nice of the @FCBayernUS Twitter account to run with some great “Camp Nou memories”:

Bayern chasing Antony? (Transfer Market Web)

The rumors regarding Bayern Munich’s interest in Ajax winger Antony are spiking again:

Delivering a brilliant seasonal performance for Ajax during last season, leading him to cap six times already for Brazilian senior national team, 21-year old international winger Antony, according to latest German news, is growing into a major target for Bayern Munich.

Purchased by Dutch giants, fourteen months ago, on a 21.5 million euros transfer fee (add-ons included), the 2000-born might be handed out, once current season’s over, on roughly twice the aforementioned sum. Besides, more European A-listers might be crowding on his tracks, and after his tricks.

Currently on a deal with Eredivisie homecoming champions, Antony, who also won Tokyo Olympics gold medal as a member of Brazilian U-23 squad, has so far capped 98 times in official games, as a pro club player, scoring 16 goals therein.

Bayern, English clubs wants Wirtz (@FabrizioRomano)

Bayer Leverkusen is drawing interest from more clubs than just Bayern Munich. According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, Wirtz is also getting some looks from the Premier League:

ICYMI: Bavarian Podcast Works S4E6: Nagelsmann the genius, Bayern Munich’s best back-line, Sané remontada, and more! (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich seem to be on a roll at the moment, having won their third Bundesliga game on the trot against none other than league contenders RB Leipzig. With that out of the way, the focus now shifts to the Champions League fixture against FC Barcelona, who would undoubtedly be looking to do some damage repair against the club that dismantled them just over a year ago.

With the scene set for an exciting midweek, Tom and Schnitzel discuss:

  • Bayern’s performance against Leipzig
  • Nagelsmann’s changes to this Bayern side
  • Sabitzer’s debut and his role in the team moving forward
  • Bayern’s situation in the defense (depth, contract situations, etc.)
  • Leroy Sané’s resurgence
  • How Bayern Munich and Beyoncé are linked
  • Thoughts on the Barcelona game