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Daily Schmankerl: Manchester City still plotting swoop for Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich; PSG’s Kylian Mbappé could get ultimatum from Real Madrid; Dusan Vlahović happy at Juventus amid Arsenal interest; Thomas Tuchel recalls PSG’s locker room; & MORE!

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FC Bayern München v F.C. Copenhagen: Group A - UEFA Champions League 2023/24 Photo by Sebastian Widmann/Getty Images

Man City could get more serious on Kimmich pursuit (Manchester City News)

It has been a whirlwind of rumors surrounding three Bayern Munich players — Alphonso Davies, Jamal Musiala, and Joshua Kimmich.

While the noise on Musiala has deafened a bit, new stories continue to drop on Davies and Kimmich. Both players are getting a lot of attention regarding possible transfers and Manchester City is allegedly thinking very seriously about a pursuit of the midfielder — even if Pep Guardiola has an imaginary ban on acquiring Bayern Munich players:

Reported Manchester City transfer target, Joshua Kimmich, could reportedly be leaving Bayern Munich before his current contract runs out.

According to a recent report from journalist Christian Falk for Caught Offside, there is a possibility that Kimmich could leave Bayern in the near future, with his contract set to expire in the summer of 2025.

Falk also mentioned that Bayern manager Thomas Tuchel is not fully convinced of Kimmich’s ability to play as a natural number six, whereas Pep Guardiola is a big fan of the player and the versatility he has.

Kimmich’s desire to transfer could be determined based on the outcome of the winter transfer window. It still feels like a longshot for the Germany international to leave Bayern Munich next summer, but until the squad settles around Thomas Tuchel, just about everything appears to be on the table.

Vlahović happy at Juve (90Min.com)

Former Bayern Munich transfer target Dusan Vlahović might be content to stay at Juventus:

Dusan Vlahović has insisted he is “very happy” at Juventus and his agent is handling negotiations over a new contract despite transfer interest from Arsenal and Manchester United.

90min recently reported that the Premier League duo are long-term admirers of Vlahović and have been keeping an eye on contract talks in Turin, though Juventus were hopeful of agreeing terms over a new deal. The Bianconeri have now been handed a boost in their bid to keep Vlahovic after he admitted in an interview with Gazzetta dello Sport he is happy with life at the club and talks are ongoing with sporting director Cristiano Giuntoli regarding his contract situation.

“I still have two-and-a-half years left on my contract, we are in no hurry, but Giuntoli and my agent are already talking. I am very happy to stay here,” Vlahović said. “I play in one of the most important teams in the world, I am honoured and proud, for now I see myself here.”

Arsenal FC was reportedly interested in Vlahović.

Tuchel scoffs at notion Bayern locker room is more difficult than PSG’s (PSG Talk)

If you try to come at Thomas Tuchel and warn him about how difficult the egos can be in the Bayern Munich locker room, boy, does he have some stories for you.

“Here at Bayern, when I hear that a certain player’s behavior is unacceptable, I laugh because I think: ‘You have no idea what we had to deal with in Paris!’ and I calm down,” Tuchel said. “In Paris, the group is always willing to play for a superstar to score goals, no problem. The problem is when that superstar doesn’t give anything back to the rest of the group or doesn’t show any respect!”

We can only imagine the craziness that went down at Paris Saint-Germain.

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.

Salah to stay at LFC? (Francois Plateau via 90Min.com)

After all of the transfer rumors, Mo Salah might leave not Liverpool FC:

Mohamed Salah does not want to leave Liverpool for Saudi Arabia and has made it clear that he wants to sign a new contract at Anfield.

Mbappé’s future still being discussed (@Plettigoal)

Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappé probably will not be going to Liverpool, but Real Madrid is still an option:

❗️Been told that Liverpool is NOT pushing for Kylian #Mbappé. His transfer in summer 2024 ist not an issue at this stage. #LFC

➡️ #PSG, still totally relaxed as they are financially secured (contractually) for his possible departure

➡️ Real Madrid is still the most realistic destination for him, either next year or the year after.

As for Real Madrid, Relevo (via 90Min.com) says that Los Blancos might give him an ultimatum:

Real Madrid are tipped to present Mbappé a final ‘take it or leave it’ offer in January, when he will have entered the final six months of his contract and eligible for a pre-contract agreement.

NUFC could push hard for Phillips (90Min.com)

Newcastle United might be the frontrunner to get Manchester City’s Kalvin Phillips:

Newcastle United are planning to firm up their interest in Manchester City midfielder Kalvin Phillips during the January transfer window, sources have confirmed to 90min.

The Magpies are on the hunt for midfield reinforcements after marquee summer signing Sandro Tonali received a season-ending ban for betting offences.

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:

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