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Daily Schmankerl: Does Real Madrid see Florian Wirtz rumors as pathway to get Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala?; Tottenham Hotspur misses Harry Kane badly; Manchester United interested in Timo Werner?; A prediction for Bayern vs. Copenhagen; + MORE!

Bayern Munich vs. FC Copenhagen in the Champions League...are you ready?

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Does the Wirtz news signal a potential move for Musiala? (Madrid Universal)

When news broke on Monday that Bayer Leverkusen attacker Florian Wirtz favored a move to Bayern Munich, speculation almost immediately began about the future of Jamal Musiala.

Wirtz and Musiala play the same position, but many believe the two can peacefully coexist in the same starting XI — even if it has not looked great together in their limited appearances in the same lineup for the German national team.

With Musiala already linked to Real Madrid, Manchester City, Liverpool, and others, though, some are wondering if a move for Wirtz would be the contingency plan for a Musiala exit — and, of course, the media covering Los Blancos has started to run with that angle:

Real Madrid have been eyeing some big summer moves following the 23-24 season, as their objective to assemble a dynamite squad of football’s most explosive young talents remains firmly in sight. After signing one huge young star from Germany in Jude Bellingham – especially seeing the way he is performing – Los Blancos have also cast their eye on another Bundesliga gem in recent weeks.

Buzz about the signing of Jamal Musiala from Bayern Munich has been hotting up, and according to reports from Sky Sports Germany that highlight the Bavarians’ interest in Florian Wirtz, there could be some movement not too far down the line.

The reports from the German outlet state that Bayer Leverkusen have set an asking price of 120 million euros or upwards for Wirtz, which could mean Bayern have to do some major reshuffling if they are super keen on signing him. Given the astronomical valuation, the Bavarians may have to raise some money by making bis sales and also free up some space on their wage bill, and while they would prefer to keep Musiala, it seems as though they are not certain on his future.

With Real Madrid’s interest growing, if he were to leave next year or in 2025, Bayern would have to make sure they generate funds from the sale to seamlessly bring in Wirtz to replace him. But in such a scenario, Real Madrid have a strong hand in negotiations and their chances of landing Musiala are massively heightened.

Musiala is not the only Bayern player Madrid are looking at either, as their pursuit for a left-back has led them to Alphonso Davies, with whom the Galacticos are inching closer to formulating a deal.

Right now, it is pipedream for everyone as Bayer Leverkusen is in no rush to sell Wirtz given his contract runs through 2028, while Musiala runs through 2026.

No moves have to be made any time soon. Sure, it is conceivable that both players move, but for now, it seems like transfers for these two players will be on the backburner.

Kane envy runs rampant (The Boot Room)

After Tottenham Hotspur dropped a 2-1 decision to Aston Villa, the harsh reality of not having Harry Kane in London hit pundit Jason Cundy:

Speaking on talkSPORT, Cundy suggested Kane would have finished some of the opportunities Tottenham created against Villa. “You played well,” the former Spurs man said. “But you know what it’s the first time you looked like you have missed Kane. I think with Kane up top, you win that game.”

Having Kane up top is a pretty good thing, Bayern Munich can vouch for that.

Bavarian Podcast Works — Postgame Show: Bayern Munich 1-0 FC Köln (Bavarian Football Works)

A Friday night tilt after an international break against a desperate opponent could have been disastrous for Bayern Munich, but like they have done so many other times this season, the Bavarians fought through some uneven play on both ends of the pitch to claim a 1-0 victory.

Let’s take a look at what is on tap for this episode:

  • A gander at Thomas Tuchel’s odd starting XI and what that might mean for some of the players who were passed over in favor of Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting.
  • A public service message that you do not need to watch this mess.
  • A rundown of the scoring (LOL) as Harry Kane just keeps producing, even though he sometimes appears to be an afterthought in the attack.
  • Steffen Baumgart will likely get sacked soon, but he has nothing to work with. That said, he had his team prepared and they fought hard. This really just a Billy Goats team that lacks talent.
  • Some final thoughts on Bayern Munich as the team heads into the stretch run of the Hinrunde.

Frauen do Dancing Queen (@FCBfrauen)

It is not quite the video we really want to see (Niko Kovač doing karaoke of Nena’s “99 Luftballons” holds that title), but this is pretty good from the Frauen:

That was MEGA! Definitely one of the best debut shows we’ve ever had!

Tel talks over how he’s been able to be so efficient (Bundesliga via @iMiaSanMia)

Bayern Munich attacker Mathys Tel thinks that the “energy” he brings to the pitch is part of the reasons he has been so success in scoring and setting up his teammates during this campaign.

“I would say it’s down to the energy that I bring to the team. At the moment, my role is coming into the game and doing as much as I can for my team. I’m pleased to have been able to contribute with goals and with key passes. I’m very happy. I hope it continues,” Tel said. “It’s been a good start, but there’s a long way to go until the end of the season. I will continue to work hard so that I can remain on this trajectory.”

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.

Werner to United? (Sky Sport Germany via 90Min.com)

Manchester United could have some interested in RB Leipzig attacker Timo Werner:

Manchester United have made enquiries regarding the availability of RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner as they go in search of attacking reinforcements.

Prediction: Bayern vs. Copenhagen (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich is still likely feeling a little weary and while Thomas Tuchel has talked about resting players, he did not use any subs in a very questionable coaching move last Friday against FC Köln.

On the surface, this games might not not seem dangerous, but FC Copenhagen is sitting in second place of the group. Moving on in the Champions League would be massive for the club, so they will play their hardest to help make it happen.

Make no mistake, this game has many pitfalls for Bayern Munich, but until the Bavarians start to consistently lose, it is tough to pick against them. The talent level on the squad is ridiculous and they keep finding ways to do just enough to win (DFP-Pokal notwithstanding).

Bayern Munich will do it again and send the motivated squad from Denmark packing with a loss.

Prediction: Bayern Munich 3-1 FC Copenhagen

Bavarian Podcast Works — Flagship Show: Season 6, Episode 20 (Bavarian Football Works)

With recent flagship episodes pushing the hour mark more often than not, it was time to have a shorter episode to bring some variety to proceedings. This is not to say that things at Bayern Munich were uneventful in the last week or so — there was plenty to talk about with Thomas Tuchel making some odd choices in the game against FC Köln.

In this episode, INNN and Samrin discuss the following:

  • Was Thomas Tuchel sending a message with his lack of substitutions at Köln?
  • The problem with putting results over performances.
  • Why Thomas Müller seems like he’s on his way out at Bayern Munich.
  • How will Tuchel line up versus Copenhagen in the Champions League this week?
  • Why Leroy Sane is in desperate need of some rest.

KDB...what’s going on? (@BILLYd_licious)

This one was sent over by BFW reader @BILLYd_licious and his caption is soooooo on-point:

Bayern won’t pursue Casemiro (@Plettigoal)

For as much as we keep hearing that Bayern Munich will acquire a defensive midfielder in January, we have not heard on many concrete candidates outside of Fulham FC’s João Palhinha.

Now, though, we know who will not be getting a call from the Bavarians — Manchester United’s Casemiro:

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