Bayern Munich are reportedly exploring the possibility of securing the signing of Cristiano Ronaldo with Robert Lewandowski’s purported transfer to Barcelona gathering pace. The Bundesliga club had previously ruled out the idea of recruiting the 37-year-old Portuguese superstar but have apparently gone back on their word and are aiming to replace the departing Pole with the United star.
Maybe it has to do with Ronaldo’s agent Jorge Mendes begging for us to save him from the mess that is Man United (eh, why not?).
Given that the Ronaldo rumors seemingly just WON’T DIE, Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic had to come out and deny the rumors for a second time.
Bayern director Hasan Salihamidzić tells @Sport1: “I have a lot of respect for Cristiano Ronaldo, his successes and his career. But once again: that was and is not a topic for us”. ⛔️ #FCBayern— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 16, 2022
Jorge Mendes, still pushing - but now Bayern position has been clarified again. pic.twitter.com/uP1IqUqlrC
And if that wasn’t enough, you had Julian Nagelsmann hopping onto the bandwagon as well. The rumors he’s referring to are the ones floating around which claimed that Nagelsmann would push Bayern to sign Lewandowski.
Bayern manager Nagelsmann: “I saw all rumours on my interest in signing Cristiano Ronaldo, but that’s not true”, told @cfbayern. ⛔️ #MUFC— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 16, 2022
Nagelsmann follows Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic in denying CR7 rumours. pic.twitter.com/slAxkyL0Qv
Just gotta say, Jorge Mendes has had a disasterclass of a summer here. Ronaldo has been shopped to every top team in Europe and been rejected each time. Now he faces a fate worse than death — playing for Manchester United.
After beating around the bush for an entire week, Oliver Kahn has come out and publicly stated that Matthijs de Ligt wants to join Bayern. In an interview with Bild, the Bayern CEO also confirmed that Mathys Tel was an incredible talent and on Bayern’s list of potential acquisitions.
Kahn on De Ligt: "It's true that we had talks. De Ligt is a very, very interesting player, also in terms of his mentality. Now we have to see how the whole thing will develop further" pic.twitter.com/sg3BIDklYd— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) July 16, 2022
What does this mean for the club? Where does he fit? Who will be affected if de Ligt walks through the gates at Säbener Straße? We’ll talk through all of that and MORE! Here is what we have on tap:
- A quick aside about the award nomination for BFW’s podcast network.
- A deep dive into the possible move for de Ligt.
- Why waiting for Konrad Laimer might not be a bad thing, but would limit Julian Nagelsmann’s ability to tinker.
- What will Bayern Munich do with some of its prized youngsters this season?
- What if Robert Lewandowski stays with the club for this season?
Help support BFW’s quest to be the best by checking out this link and giving us a vote (or INNN will hunt you down). INNN can be a madman when he’s angry, it’s not the worth the risk. So vote for us: World Soccer Talk Awards — Best Club Podcast
The other FCB in the USA: Lewandowski to join Barcelona’s preseason tour? (FC Barcelona Official Website)
Lewandowski won’t go with Bayern to their preseason tour of the United States, so will he join Barcelona‘s US preseason tour?
The four games for FC Barcelona in the USA against Inter Miami, Real Madrid, Juventus and the New York Red Bulls now confirmed in the month of July. The match on July 19 in Miami will be against Inter Miami, a club founded in 2018 and that made its MLS debut in 2020. On 23 July in Las Vegas, Barça and Real Madrid meet on US soil for the second time, having previously met on 30 July 2017 at the Hard Rock Stadium in Miami. Three days later, on July 26, the Blaugrana will be taking on Massimiliano Allegri’s Juventus at the Cotton Bowl Stadium in Dallas. Barça’s last opponents will be the New York Red Bulls, one of the original members of Major League Soccer. The match will be played at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey on July 30.
If Barcelona are going to play in Miami, Lewandowski could evoke the spirit of “Miami Nights“. Bayern were in Philadelphia then headed down to Miami; Bayern will be in Washington D.C. for their first preseason game in the US; Philly and D.C. aren’t far apart.
Does that mean...
Miami Nights 2: Electric Boogaloo?
Bayern’s rivals(?) Borussia Dortmund have been trying to one-up the Bavarians for some time now. However, they decided that enough was enough and suffice to say that Bayern got a bit of a stinger:
Herr Watzke has gone too far this time. As reported by Bild, a group of Borussia Dortmund sympathizers violently attacked Bayern Munich players in the training ground at the Sabener Strasse this week.
They were allegedly defending their nest, which is currently located on the fence of the main training ground, just twenty meters away from where Bayern stars practice shooting. The Beelievers saw Leroy Sane getting ready for his turn, and decided to act.
Die Schwarzgelben had Emma’s kids attack us? Come on, they could do better than that. Thankfully, Berni stayed away from this situation because we all remember what happened last time he and Emma were in close proximity with each other.
It’s our pleasure to announce that Bavarian Podcast Works has been nominated for the “Best Club Podcast” by World Soccer Talk.
That’s right your (hopefully) favorite Bayern Munich podcast network is up for an award. While we are humbled and honored that we have not chased everyone away, we could use your help in securing the trophy. That’s right...you can vote! Help support BFW’s quest to be the best, by checking out this link and giving us a vote (or INNN will hunt you down): World Soccer Talk Awards — Best Club Podcast
Bear in mind, we didn’t nominate ourselves or anything like that for this award...somebody likes us!
We’ve put a lot of hard work into helping the podcast network grow and evolve over the years. We’d love to bring home the gold here and frankly we have not been this fired up over a competition since the Bunducksliga was at its peak. Voting closes at midnight EST on July 31, 2022. (Direct link: https://worldsoccertalk.com/best-club-podcast-2022-world-soccer-talk-awards)
We all know that former Liverpool FC winger Sadio Mané is very nice and down to earth, and he backs that statement up further with his latest deed. The Senegalese winger is auctioning off his first ever jersey (with his name and number!) and the funds from the auction will go to the Stars4Kids Foundation, an organization that has strong ties with football
Sadio Mané is auctioning off his very first Bayern Munich jersey. He supports the global children's aid projects of 'Star 4 Kids'.— Munich Fanpage (@MunichFanpage) July 15, 2022
The shirt can be bought here: https://t.co/BzRKyVJwDZ pic.twitter.com/7dpv2zkSnt
United Charity, the auctioneers, have this to say:
He was the signing par excellence this summer - Sadio Mané. The Senegalese switched from Liverpool FC to Bayern Munich during the current transfer period and caused a sensation around the world. A transfer that inspires football fans in Germany and the entire Bundesliga. Now we have received a great offer for his start with the German record champions: The current home jersey with Mané flocking, which he personally signed and would like to support the children’s aid projects of Stars4Kids!
I can’t say it enough, Sadio Mané has a heart of gold and I hope he keeps doing stuff like this for as long as he can.
In this episode of the BPW Flagship show, Tom and Fergus discuss:
- If De Ligt is worth becoming Bayern’s record signing.
- How would De Ligt fit in Bayern’s back line in a back four system.
- Would he bring enough to shore up Bayern’s defense.
- Omar Richards departing to Nottingham Forest.
- How do we backup Alphonso Davies now that O. Richards is gone.
- Our preferred starting back four.
- Should the transfer window close prior to domestic seasons starting?