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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich and Thomas Müller headed for a showdown as Manchester United looms (sort of); Thiago back to FC Barcelona?; Leroy Sané a smart move for Liverpool?; Uli Hoeneß says Bayer Leverkusen is “most difficult” opponent; and MORE!

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United as leverage in Müller talks? (Jan Aage Fjørtoft)

Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller is in a tough spot.

The veteran still feels as if he has much to offer a team on the field, yet under Thomas Tuchel his role is increasingly smaller at Bayern Munich. As such, transfer rumors are starting to swirl that ol’ Tommy Boy is going to start taking a look around Europe, and given that Saudi Arabia and MLS are — allegedly — off the table for the Germany international, Manchester United is reportedly back in the mix for Der Raumdeuter.

Per Jan Aage Fjørtoft, though, the Red Devils are simply leverage:

This round of negotiations between Müller and Bayern Munich is a bit different from the past, though. Müller is a deep reserve, stuck behind a precocious youngster who holds a lot of sway in the club and its future, which means playing time for the veteran will be minimal.

In addition, Müller makes roughly €20 million per season, which is a lot for a player that the coach has little intention to use. Something will have to give...but what will be?

Müller’s salary demands or Tuchel’s willingness to use the 34-year-old more?

Things are not quite cut-and-dried around any of that.

Sané a more realistic transfer for LFC? (King Casino Bonus)

Bayern Munich star Leroy Sané has been closely linked to Manchester City, Liverpool FC, Real Madrid, and FC Barcelona, but former Liverpool player and current pundit Jermaine Pennant thinks he is a more realistic transfer target for Liverpool.

In particular, Pennant says the chances of getting Sané are far better than those of the club getting Paris Saint-Germain’s Kylian Mbappé.

“Leroy Sané is a more realistic Liverpool signing due to the wage demands and overall fee, but if Mbappé wants to join, then you have to go for it. There’s no bigger signing than him! They’re both wonderful players, but Mbappé would be amazing with his pace and skill. I know he doesn’t play in Salah’s position, but I’m sure Klopp could make it work! It would be amazing,” Pennant remarked.

Bavarian Podcast Works — Weekend Warm-up Podcast: Season 3, Episode 20 (Bavarian Football Works)

What a mess of an international break that was.

Germany is a disaster under Julian Nagelsmann, but at least Bayern Munich is coming back this weekend. Given all of that, there is plenty to talk about, so let’s get to it. Here is what is on tap for this week’s episode:

  • Assessing why Germany is a clown show these days (Hint: The answer is pretty simple).
  • Looking at why Julian Nagelsmann cannot help himself and is proving all of his critics right.
  • Break out the torch, it is time to light some folks up.
  • A preview for Bayern Munich vs. FC Köln.
  • Transfer rumors on Bayern Munich stars Thomas Müller and Leroy Sané.
  • What to be thankful for during this Thanksgiving season.

Thiago back to Barca? (@Transfersdotcom)

Former Bayern Munich midfielder Thiago Alcântara is the odd man out for Liverpool, but FC Barcelona might be interested in bringing back their old player:

Tel details where he wants to improve (@iMiaSanMia)

One of mark of a player open to growth is the willingness and desire to improve. Bayern Munich youngster Mathys Tel talked over what parts of his game that he would like to improve upon.

“I would say the vision of the game. Reading the game before receiving the ball to go faster. I also tend too often to want to play alone, you have to see your teammates to be able to assist them. And then there’s the technical area where I can still improve a lot,” Tel remarked.

Bavarian Podcast Works — Flagship Show: Season 6, Episode 19 (Bavarian Football Works)

Yes, we are a Bayern Munich podcast, but after the latest humiliation we simply have to focus on Germany this week. Losing 3-2 to a Turkish B-team is a new low, and we’re only three games into the Julian Nagelsmann era. Where was the free flowing football? The attacking concept? The tactical philosophy? It seems like the coach has fallen into the experimentation trap he experienced at Bayern Munich, where he didn’t know when to stop tinkering.

In this episode, INNN and Samrin discuss the following:

  • What was Julian Nagelsmann thinking with THAT lineup? Kai Havertz at left-back, really?
  • Everything that went wrong for Germany, from offense to defense, the midfield, and individual performances.
  • Why do coaches keep making the same mistakes when taking over the at the DFB?
  • The curious case of İlkay Gündoğan and the major issue with Joshua Kimmich.
  • The problem with Germany that no one seems to talk about — a culture of mediocrity and assumptions.
  • Where does Nagelsmann go from here?
  • What will happen at the Euros?
  • A token amount of Bayern Munich discussion — what is going on with Alphonso Davies? Will he go to Real Madrid?
  • Why losing Davies would be devastating to Bayern in the long term.

Griezmann-to-United rumors dashed (@FabrizioRomano)

The rumors linking Atlético Madrid star Antoine Griezmann to Manchester United have been rubbished by Fabrizio Romano:

Hoeneß cites Leverkusen as Bayern’s “most difficult opponent” (Sky via @iMiaSanMia)

Former Bayern Munich club president Uli Hoeneß thinks Bayer Leverkusen is a worthy and capable contender for the Bundesliga.

“I think they are our most difficult opponent at the moment. They are doing a great job and the team is playing great football,” Hoeneß told Sky.

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