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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich prioritizing defender over defensive midfielder in January; Bayern outdueled FC Barcelona, Brentford for Bryan Zaragoza; Bayern extends left-back; Borussia Dortmund, Manchester United to do business again?; + MORE!

Bayern Munich is making moves.

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Bayern more concerned with defender for January window (Bild via @iMiaSanMia)

According to Sport Bild journalists Christian Falk and Tobi Altschäffl, Bayern Munich is going to prioritize getting a defender during the winter transfer window.

Much to the chagrin of some fans, Bayern Munich might not address getting a defensive midfielder until the summer:

Internally, Bayern have decided that strengthening the backline is the absolute priority for January. It’s currently being discussed whether just one defender would be enough or whether the club needs to sign 2-3. The defensive midfield position is more likely to be strengthened in the summer. Martín Zubimendi of Real Sociedad is the top favourite. The 24-year old can leave the Spanish club through a €60m release clause - and Bayern are intensively considering a move.

Many fans have been clamoring for a new No. 6, but with the backline so thin, it looks like the Bavarians could rely on the flexibility of several players like Raphaël Guerreiro or Jamal Musiala to bolster the midfield if needed.

Bayern outgunned Barca for Zaragoza (Barca Universal)

Bayern Munich already announced the signing of Granada winger Bryan Zaragoza to a deal for next season, but along the way, the Bavarians were able to convince the Spaniard to move to Germany rather than make the move to FC Barcelona:

Granada forward Bryan Zaragoza is all set to join German champions Bayern Munich at the end of the season and SPORT has reported that the youngster could have joined Barcelona instead. It is said that Bayern are on the verge of finalising the acquisition of Zaragoza, with the German club set to activate his termination clause of €14 million in January itself.

However, the talented winger will then be loaned back to Granada until the end of the current season, aiding his current team in their efforts to avoid relegation.

What happened with Barcelona?

Although Bayern are chosen destination for the 22-year-old forward, it could have easily been Barcelona if the Blaugrana had acted quickly. The aforementioned report indicates that interest from Barça in the player’s situation has been apparent in recent weeks.

They have always been proactive while scouting him, but constraints related to Financial Fair Play hindered any immediate move. Given that he had substantial offers on the table, Zaragoza opted not to wait, as the Catalan club never provided assurances.

Sport Witness also reported that Brentford was in the mix as well:

Brentford appear likely to have the signing of Girona star Bryan Zaragoza snatched out of their hands, thanks to a surprise move from Bayern Munich. That’s according to El Desmarque, who say Bayern are ready to pay the player’s €14m release clause and bring him to Germany in January. Zaragoza has been linked with a move away from Granada for the past few weeks after impressing for them this season and seemingly catching the eye of teams in Europe.

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Bayern inked Henning to extension (@fcbayerncampus)

Bayern Munich has signed left-back Maxi Henning to a contract extension:

Until 2026!

#FCBU19 defender and newly crowned U17 world champion Maxi #Hennig has extended his contract with #FCBayern .

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Bayern Munich released this information via its website:

FC Bayern and left-back talent Maximilian Hennig (October 12, 2006) are heading into the future together. The U17 European and newly crowned world champion has extended his contract with the German record champions, which expires at the end of the season, until June 2026. The Erdinger native is currently in his tenth season for Bayern’s youth team.

Halil Altintop, Sporting Director FC Bayern Campus: “Maxi was in the starting eleven for Germany in every World Cup match. He is Bavarian and has been playing for our youngsters since the beginning. He embodies exactly what we at FC Bayern want for a player of his age, both personally and athletically, and we are therefore delighted that this highly talented home-grown talent wants to continue his development with us.”

Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Eintracht Frankfurt vs. Bayern Munich (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich’s game against Union Berlin was snowed out last weekend, but the Bavarians will return to action on Saturday against Eintracht Frankfurt in a key Bundesliga showdown.

Sitting in seventh place, Eintracht Frankfurt is eager to vault itself into the top-six position in the table, which could happen if Die Adler can find a way to knock off Bayern Munich.

This version of Eintracht Frankfurt does not quite have the star power of some recent versions of

This is what we have 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.
  • Some thoughts on personnel matters (transfers and the like) going on at Bayern Munich.
  • A prediction on the match.

LFC probably won’t take a run at Kimmich per pundit (CaughtOffside)

Journalist Neil Jones does not think that Liverpool FC will make a serious attempt to sign Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich.

“The links to midfielders continue even though Liverpool signed four in the summer window, with names like Joshua Kimmich and Douglas Luiz popping up in some outlets. Personally, however, I would be surprised if they were to buy another in January, unless there was an injury crisis between now and then,” Jones said. “Joshua Kimmich, clearly, is a world-class player but he turns 29 in February and would command a transfer fee and wage packet that would make him a serious gamble for a club which operates as Liverpool does.

“The last aging midfielder they bought from Bayern Munich is currently seeing out his contract on the treatment table. Of course, Thiago Alcantara has provided moments of real quality in his time at Liverpool, so might be seen as an argument for occasionally breaking your structure, but his current situation might also point towards why it’s not the kind of deal Liverpool tend to go for very often.”

Fool me once, shame on you, fool me twice...(Football 365)

Manchester United is looking to sell off Jadon Sancho, but to replace him on the roster, the Red Devils might be looking back at Borussia Dortmund. Donyell Malen reportedly wants to leave BVB and Manchester United might be willing to give Malen a chance:

Sancho’s Man Utd career – unless Ten Hag is sacked before January – will come to an end next month amid reports linking him with the Saudi Pro League and a return to Borussia Dortmund.

A loan exit is perhaps most likely given the obscene wages he is on at Old Trafford and following his exit, United may look to sign a new winger in January. Yet given how poorly Marcus Rashford and Co. are performing, Ten Hag could probably do with signing a wide man regardless of whether Sancho leaves or not.

Bundesliga outfit Dortmund – according to Football Transfers – are willing to give them a helping hand. They claim Donyell Malen ‘will be offered’ to Man Utd if they let Sancho leave.

Maddison talks taking over Kane’s #10 for Spurs (Spurs Web)

Tottenham Hotspur star James Maddison took over the #10 jersey from Harry Kane when the striker left for Bayern Munich last summer.

Maddison took a little time to discuss the jersey transition:

When asked about taking the number ten shirt, the 26-year-old responded: “It all happened so quick. Me and (Harry) had a bit of banter. I was wearing no.71 in pre-season and I was getting a bit of stick.

“We wanted to see and weigh up what number I was going to wear. There was a bit of banter – ‘Madders, are you waiting for Harry to go?’ I would have stayed 71 believe me to keep him!”

Bavarian Podcast Works — Flagship Show: Season 6, Episode 21 (Bavarian Football Works)

With Bayern Munich’s Bundesliga game against Union Berlin standing postponed due to poor weather conditions, Schnitzel and Rayyan had time to discuss plots outside the weekly drama that Bayern experience on the pitch.

With the winter transfer window looming, and with some big games coming thick and fast, now is a good time to re-assess the squad situation. Besides, Germany’s Euro 2024 group stage opponents have been revealed, and it doesn’t look great.

Included in this podcast:

  • Do Bayern Munich really need to strengthen this winter? If so, where exactly?
  • Is João Palhinha really the guy for this team?
  • Have Bayern Munich actually improved under Thomas Tuchel?
  • A reaction and preview of Germany’s opponents in the group stage for the upcoming European Championships in 2024.

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