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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich, Chelsea vying for youngster; Bayern focused on Randal Kolo Muani in summer; Cristiano Ronaldo won’t go to Newcastle; Olivier Giroud to MLS?; Joao Felix will cost a ton on loan; Frenkie de Jong angers FC Barcelona; & MORE

Bayern Munich is in the mix on a lot of things.

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Meslier still attracting Bayern, Chelsea, NUFC interest (RMC Sport)

With Bayern Munich’s rumored pursuits of Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Yann Sommer and Eintracht Frankfurt’s Kevin Trapp either being flagged as “difficult” or “complete nonsense”, along with the Rekordmeister’s inability to convince loanee Alexander Nübel to return home from AS Monaco, the focus could be back on Leeds United youngster Illan Meslier.

Unfortunately for the Bavarians, they are not alone. Chelsea FC and Newcastle United are both reportedly interested in the 22-year-old Frenchman as well:

Ilan Meslier, 22, continues to break Leeds precocity records. Youngest goalkeeper in history to reach 50 Premier League games, youngest goalkeeper in English league history to achieve 10 clean sheets. He will play his 90th match this Wednesday against West Ham. The former Lorient could shake up the Leeds transfer window this winter.

Bayern Munich, which is looking for a replacement for Manuel Neuer (injured until the end of the season), is interested in his profile. Newcastle are also following him very closely to attract a player who has the record number of saves in a match this season (9 against Liverpool on October 29).

Finally, Chelsea, who are starting from further away, are watching the goalkeeper’s situation very carefully. If no sale price has filtered on the side of Leeds, it is also that the English club which does not want to part with the player this winter will not be easily convinced. The club is aware that replacing Illan Meslier in a difficult goalkeeping market will not be easy. In the short or medium term, the player who rises to almost 2 meters will want to go and test himself in a more ambitious club to reach the France A team?

The feeling here is that Sommer is still the main focus for Bayern Munich and that Meslier would be a longshot. Meslier is valued at €22 million by Transfermarkt, which would seem to be too rich for Bayern Munich’s blood at this stage.

Kolo Muani could become Bayern’s focus this summer (L’Equipe via @iMiaSanMia)

The recent reports linking Eintracht Frankfurt’s Randal Kolo Muani might be holding some major water. According to L’Equipe, Bayern Munich could be poised to make a strong proposal to Die Adler for the player during the summer transfer window:

Bayern have been following Randal Kolo Muani before the World Cup. The club contacted his entourage and expressed their interest. Kolo Muani is a priority for Bayern in the summer. Despite a contract until 2027, Frankfurt are aware it’ll be tough to keep the striker.

Schade moving on? (@Plettigoal)

SC Freiburg forward Kevin Schade appears to be on his way to Brentford:

Giroud to MLS? (@TaylorTwellman)

According to Taylor Twellman, Oliver Giroud could be a fit in MLS:

Giroud looked pretty damn good during the World Cup. I wouldn’t even mind Giroud with Bayern Munich for the rest of this season, but he could do some damage in MLS if he stays healthy and fit.

Bavarian Podcast Works — Weekend Warm-up Podcast: Season 2, Episode 25 (Bavarian Football Works)

It has been a wild holiday week at BFW.

There is a ton of Bayern Munich news going on and we have just the platform for you to talk about it all.

One way to get your thoughts in motion is to give our Weekend Warm-up Podcast a listen. On this episode we discuss the following topics:

  • Alexander Nübel’s hardline decision to spurn an offer to return from his loan at AS Monaco to Bayern Munich.
  • Bayern Munich’s eagerness to lock up Lucas Hernandez, Alphonso Davies, and Jamal Musiala to long-term deals.
  • Bayern Munich’s ongoing interest in Bayer Leverkusen ace Florian Wirtz and what it might eventually mean for the future of the roster.
  • Is Leroy Sané pondering a move away from Bayern Munich? If so, do you believe that Real Madrid rumor?
  • Matthijs de Ligt needs to be better in the second half of the season and why Bayern Munich’s season might depend on it.
  • Some brief thoughts on Andor.

Felix still drawing EPL interest (@FabrizioRomano)

Atlético Madrid attacker Joao Felix is still drawing interest from teams in England:

To get Felix, however, might be complicated. According to Rudy Galetti, Manchester United, Arsenal FC, and Chelsea showed interest in Felix, but have all balked because of the cost. What’s the cost you ask? Well, for a six-month loan, €22 million:

De Jong angers Barca (Fichajes via

FC Barcelona is apparently upset with Frenkie de Jong because he — allegedly — wants to join Manchester United:

Frenkie de Jong has angered Barcelona officials by admitting his desire to join Manchester United this summer, 12 months after he refused their attempts to ship him to Old Trafford.

Mbappe tops all scorers in 2022 (@FOXSoccer)

This should probably be worded a little different, but PSG’s Kylian Mbappe had the most league goals in the calendar year 2022 per Fox:

I care way more about who had more across all competitions to be honest.

Ronaldo has no NUFC option (@RudyGaletti)

Despite rumors to the contrary, Cristiano Ronaldo does not have a clause in his deal with Al-Nassr that would allow him to bolt Saudi Arabia in favor of Newcastle United should the Magpies qualify for the Champions League:

Werner welcomed back to the training ground (@RBLeipzig_EN)

Timo Werner got a nice reception in his return to ball work at RB Leipzig:

Bavarian Podcast Works — Flagship Show: Season 5, Episode 27 (Bavarian Football Works)

So 2022 is over and it’s time for a retrospective. Bayern Munich had a very mediocre 2022 which saw a dearth of success domestically and internationally. While the club won a 10th consecutive Bundesliga title, an early exit in the Champions League and poor showing by Bayern players at the World Cup mean that 2022 leaves a very bad taste in the mouth. However, if thing go right, 2023 could be a LOT better.

In this episode, Tom and INNN talk about the following:

  • Recapping how 2022 went for Bayern Munich, especially the many (many) lows.
  • How injuries, illness, and outgoing transfers hurt Bayern last year.
  • How, paradoxically, Bayern’s upcoming Champions League opponents (PSG) ended up having a great 2022.
  • Was 2022 worse than 2012? No, but it still feels bad.
  • Moving onto 2023 — do we feel optimistic about what’s coming?
  • Here it starts. A looooooooooong list of reasons why Bayern will have a much better 2023 compared to 2022. If you listened to the whole thing, then can you name every single one?
  • How the uncertainty around Manuel Neuer’s future makes it hard for the club to sign a proper replacement for this season.
  • Closing off our first podcast of our calendar year on an optimistic note.

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