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Daily Schmankerl: Is Bayern Munich’s Alphonso Davies too expensive for Real Madrid?; Borussia Dortmund to lose young star?; Christoph Freund says talks with Leroy Sané have happened; Arsenal serious on Jeremie Frimpong move; & MORE! more day to go before Bayern Munich visits Eintracht Frankfurt.

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Davies’ salary demands could complicate Madrid move (Madrid Universal)

The rumors linking Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies and Real Madrid have been out there for weeks, but the financial logistics of getting a deal done could be very complicated.

Davies wants a big salary bump (one that is expected to far exceed the €12 million that he was previously offered by Bayern Munich) and will definitely command a large transfer fee from any club that wants him.

For Real Madrid, it could be too much to take on:

Rumours regarding Alphonso Davies’ potential move to Real Madrid are now gathering steam and a report from SPORT BILD (h/t AS) has claimed that the Canadian international is putting pressure on Bayer Munich by asking for a total salary of €15 million in order to sign a new deal.

To secure the continued services of the 23-year-old and ward off interest from Real Madrid, Bayern Munich are now being forced to make a substantial effort because the young full-back wants to be placed within the top ranks of the squad’s salary structure. The summer transfer of 2024 promises to be a captivating soap opera, with Real Madrid strategically targeting a left-back to bolster their squad and maintain a strong attacking presence.

The Los Blancos are well aware of the interest shown by Davies as conveyed through his representative’s statements. The club anticipates engaging in negotiations with Bayern Munich when the time is right, hoping for a response reminiscent of the situation with Kroos in 2014. Back then, Bayern opted not to extend Kroos’ contract, and with just one year remaining, a transfer was arranged at a reasonable price of €25 million.

The record European champions are aiming for a similar scenario this time, with the approval of Carlo Ancelotti, who has communicated to the club that Davies is his preferred choice to reinforce the left-back position in 2024.

There is very little chance that the term “reasonable price” will apply to what Bayern Munich will want for Davies. If Real Madrid really wants the Canadian star, it will probably have to open the coffers.

U-17 World Cup star could bolt BVB (@Plettigoal)

Borussia Dortmund youngster Paris Brunner made a name for himself at the U-17 World Cup and now could be a risk to flee BVB:

❗️News Paris #Brunner: #BVB wants to extend with him beyond 2025!

➡️ But: Brunner wants to take his time … A fast decision is not expected

➡️ He has no professional contract yet.

Barca II & Ajax were pushing for him in summer. But he rejected.

⚠️ He has been named as the best player at the U17 European Championships & World Cup this year ✔️ In January, he is supposed to be part of the 1st team in the training camp in Marbella.

@berger_pj @SkySportDE

That does not sound good for BVB,

Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Warm-up Podcast Season 3, Episode 22 (Bavarian Football Works)

It feels like an eternity since Bayern Munich has played because of last weekend’s cancellation against Union Berlin, but now the Bavarians are set to be back in action (check out our Preview Show) against Eintracht Frankfurt.

Just because the game was not played, does not mean that the news has stopped. Bayern Munich had another eventful week, which ensure that there is plenty to discuss. Let’s take a look at what is on tap for this week’s episode:

  • The Snow Day effect hits Bayern Munich!
  • Bayern Munich’s decision to stay home for winter training camp.
  • Taking a look at Bayern Munich’s big signing of Granada attacker Bryan Zaragoza and what it might mean for the team’s roster.
  • Are we witnessing the fall of FC Barcelona star Robert Lewandowski?

Freund says Sané talks have happened, but doesn’t disclose progress (Sport Bild via @iMiaSanMia)

Despite rumors to the contrary, Bayern Munich sporting director Christoph Freund says that the club has had talks with star winger Leroy Sané:

Leroy Sané’s contract expires in 2025. It was recently reported that there were no talks with his management. Is that true?

Freund: “No, that’s not true”

What are Bayern’s plans with Sané?

Freund: “Leroy is doing incredibly well at the moment. You can see on his face how much fun he’s having. He’s bursting with energy. This is the best Leroy Sané Bayern has had so far. He’s one of the players on whom we want to build the future of the team.”

Sané has been linked to Liverpool, Manchester City, Real Madrid, and FC Barcelona among others, but he seems comfortable with Bayern Munich and his family seems settled in Bavaria per recent reports.

It does seem like all the dots will connect for a deal to get done at some point in the second half of the season.

Gunners prioritize Frimpong move (Football Transfers)

Arsenal FC could lining things up to make a serious play for Bayer Leverkusen right-back Jeremie Frimpong:

Arsenal have made Bayer Leverkusen right-back Jeremie Frimpong a major transfer target, Football Transfers can exclusively reveal.

Although Arsenal are seeking to extend the contracts of versatile defenders Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu in the very near future, according to our sources, manager Mikel Arteta does not see either as a long-term first-choice right-back at the club.

Having already signed Jurrien Timber to push Oleksandr Zinchenko in the left-back slot, Arteta is now seeking Frimpong on the opposite side of the defence.

Frimpong has been linked to Bayern Munich in the past, but it appears he will be leaving Germany next summer if his performances stay up to par.

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 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.

Meyer eyeing BuLi return (@Plettigoal)

Former Schalke 04 star Max Meyer appeared to be headed for big things, but his career derailed after an ill-fated move to Crystal Palace.

From there, it has been one move after another — FC Köln, Fenerbahce, FC Midtjylland, and FC Luzern — without much success and now, Meyer wants to head home:

❗️News Max Meyer: The 28 y/o dreams of a return to the Bundesliga!

➡️ Having a good season so far with @FCL_1901

➡️ Luzern aims to extend his contract beyond 2024.

Current tendency: He might leave the club on a free transfer in the summer. Concrete talks are planned for the new year.


Could Bayern Munich be interested in a player that it had kicked the tires on in the past? Meyer is now 28-years-old and will be available on a free transfer next summer (which means he could also be a cheap January acquisition).

Probably not, but if the club wants veteran depth, it could take a gander his way.

Chelsea wants Tah (@cfbayern)

Chelsea FC is reportedly interested in Bayer Leverkusen center-back and Germany international Jonathan Tah:

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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