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Daily Schmankerl: Real Madrid gaining confidence on Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies; Liverpool pushing for Joshua Kimmich; Alexander Nübel to Crystal Palace?; Serhou Guirassy to Manchester United?; Harry Kane, Dayot Upamecano honored; & MORE!

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Davies might not be eager to re-up with Bayern (Madrid Universal)

Bayern Munich and star left-back Alphonso Davies are engaged in talks for a contract extension, but the club has found it very difficult to make any headway with the Canadian left-back.

With interest from Real Madrid looming, Davies could either be playing hardball during negotiations with Bayern Munich to this point...or he is delaying the announcement to the Bavarians that he wants to make a move to Spain:

As per MARCA, Alphonso Davies continues to resist Bayern Munich’s tempting contract offers. As such, Real Madrid are attentive to the situation. The 23-year-old left-back’s current contract expires in 2025, which means he will be entering the final year of his deal next summer. Given the complexity of the talks between Davies and Bayern, the Canadian may end up being placed on the market, opening the door for Real Madrid to take advantage.

The report further argues that the relationship between Real Madrid and Bayern Munich is excellent, which could prove to be useful in the event the two clubs end up holding talks over the 23-year-old Champions League winner.

The €70 million-rated speedster couples offensive output with immaculate recoveries in defense, explaining Real Madrid’s interest in arguably one of the best left-backs around.

While Los Blancos are attentive to the Alphonso Davies situation, Bayern wants to avoid another David Alaba case of losing him for free. At this point, Bayern’s approach is clear and is not to renew the contract before June 30. The idea is to put the full-back on the market if he does not end up complying, as the Germans do not wish to see their pride being dented by letting him hit the exit door for free.

With prior reports stating the Real Madrid hierarchy will look to offload Ferland Mendy, a move for Davies will end up becoming a lot more likely.

Bayern Munich coach Thomas Tuchel would not be eager to see Davies leave.

“He’s our player and an absolute key player. He knows how highly we value him. For me, how long the player is under contract doesn’t change anything. He’s playing regularly at the highest level. I trust the management. He’s still a very young player, which we often forget. He has room for improvement in every area, but all at an extremely high level,” Tuchel remarked (as captured by @iMiaSanMia).

Things are certainly getting dicey between Bayern Munich and Davies. The left-back has not declared anything yet, which is key to note. Surely, anything can still happen, but it is starting to feel like the two sides might part ways this summer.

Nübel to Palace? (CaughtOffside)

Bayern Munich loanee Alexander Nübel has had too good of a season to not draw attention from the Premier League.

Sure enough, at least one club has notice the German goalkeeper — Crystal Palace:

Bayern Munich goalkeeper Alexander Nubel has emerged a surprise transfer target for Crystal Palace. The 27-year-old is currently on loan at Stuttgart, from German giants Bayern Munich, and could be set to leave permanently this summer.

That is according to German outlet BILD, which claims that Palace explored a deal to sign him in the summer but ended up signing Dean Henderson from Manchester United. The report says that a move to Palace will see him earn significantly more than he currently does while Bayern will also benefit financially from the decision. That being said, he decided to reject moves from outside Germany in the summer, preferring to stay in the country. Whether that changes remains to be seen.

Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 21 (Bavarian Football Works)

It has been a bit of a crazy week for Bayern Munich.

There was a boring win, followed by a more boring draw, but there was a whole of news in between, so in short, we have plenty to discuss.

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

  • Why is Bayern Munich struggling right now. Is it Thomas Tuchel’s fault? Are the players underperforming? Is the squad flawed? Maybe...maybe not, but there is some reason to think it is bound to look better soon.
  • Does this version of Bayern Munich have a poor mentality?
  • Bayern Munich has been closely linked to Bayer Leverkusen ace Florian Wirtz and could be the leader in the clubhouse to land the star....but does it make sense? Is he worth it? Let’s discuss.

Guirassy to United? (90Min.com)

VfB Stuttgart attacker Serhou Guirassy has been one of the breakout stars of the Bundesliga this season and Manchester United is taking notice:

The representatives of Serhou Guirassy are increasingly confident that the striker will join a Premier League side during the January transfer window, sources have confirmed to 90min.

Guirassy has become one of the stories of the 2023/24 season having scored 16 goals in 11 matches across all competitions so far for Stuttgart. His Bundesliga tally of 15 has only been bettered by Bayern Munich’s Harry Kane, who has grabbed 18 since his summer move from Tottenham Hotspur.

Kane, Upamecano draw honors (@WhoScored)

Bayern Munich stars Harry Kane and Dayot Upamecano each were named to WhoScored.com’s Team of the Month for Europe’s Top 5 Leagues:

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

Bayern Munich and FC Copenhagen battled to a 0-0 draw in the Champions League in a game that no one really seemed to put much effort into.

For the second consecutive match, Bayern Munich did not have too much pep in its step. The Bavarians had trouble getting going offensively against the compact and conservative approach from the Danish side.

It would have been nice to Bayern Munich find a way to breakthrough FC Copenhagen. but it was not meant to be on this day. Let’s just get down to it...this is what we have on tap for this podcast:

  • A look at the starting XI and what Tuchel did differently in this match.
  • A rundown of the scoring, err, substitutions — what did you think about the non-handball call?
  • Some thoughts on why the game was sooooo boring and a reminder that Manuel Neuer is the best in the business.
  • Where does Bayern Munich from here?

If you missed our Initial Analysis, Match Awards, Observations, and/or Postgame Podcast, give them a look and/or a listen:

Bayern attempted to swipe Ortega (DAZN via 90Min.com)

It is no secret that Bayern Munich has long been a fan of Manchester City goalkeeper Stefan Ortega. The Bavarians even made a strong effort to acquire the 31-year-old last summer as Yann Sommer was leaving for Inter Milan and Manuel Neuer was still recovering from his broken leg:

Manchester City goalkeeper Stefan Ortega has confirmed the club knocked back an approach from Bayern Munich for his services over the summer.

As it turns out, Sven Ulreich did just fine in the role, which saved Bayern Munich a few million for sure.

LFC to make strong play for Kimmich (Rousing the Kop)

Liverpool FC could be ready to get serious on its rumored pursuit of Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich:

As the January transfer window approaches, Liverpool continue to be linked with a plethora of potential additions. Plenty of the names being mentioned are carry-overs from the summer. One of the more spurious of those is Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich.

Despite Kimmich seeming like a pretty untouchable target though, journalist Christian Falk has today claimed that the 28-year-old could really leave Bayern.

“It cannot be ruled out that FC Bayern and Kimmich part ways,” Falk wrote in today’s Daily Briefing Fact Files. “His contract only runs until 2025. Like Nagelsmann, Thomas Tuchel has also questioned the player. Both coaches do not see Kimmich as a “holding Six”.

FC Barcelona is very interested in Kimmich. If he comes onto the market next summer, some clubs in the Premier League will also look at him. Pep Guardiola is considered a big fan of Kimmich after having initially discovered and promoted him in Munich. The City coach appreciates Kimmich’s versatility as he can play in many positions.

“But Jurgen Klopp also knows Kimmich’s strengths, which would suit Liverpool FC well. The poker for Kimmich could soon be open.”

Bavarian Podcast Works — Preview Show: Bayern Munich vs. Union Berlin (Bavarian Football Works)

The Bundesliga action is back for Bayern Munich this weekend as the Bavarians will take on Union Berlin at the Allianz Arena.

For the Bavarians, a win is needed to keep pace with red-hot Bayer Leverkusen, the table-toppers in the league. Meanwhile, Union Berlin has had a putrid season, so far, and is in desperate need of a reboot to get back on the right track.

Desperation, however, might not be enough for Die Eisernen as Bayern Munich will undoubtedly be looking to shake off the cobwebs from an unfortunate midweek draw with FC Copenhagen in the Champions League.

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

  • A rundown of where each team in the standings and look at the recent form of the clubs.
  • A guess at what Thomas Tuchel might be thinking for his starting XI.
  • A prediction on the match.

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