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Daily Schmankerl: Liverpool could have edge on rumored Bayern Munich target João Palhinha; PSG, Chelsea more likely destinations for Bayern target; Juventus to land Kalvin Phillips?; Manchester United-Borussia Dortmund talking swap?; and MORE!

It’s match day! Bayern Munich visits Eintracht Frankfurt!

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LFC boosted over potential issues with Palhinha (Rousing the Kop)

Reports are circulating that Bayern Munich is exiting the sweepstakes for Fulham FC midfielder João Palhinha — and now Liverpool FC could slide in to be an option for the Portuguese star:

Liverpool have been linked to a wide range of natural holding midfielders, both in the summer transfer window and after it. One of those regularly linked during the off-season was Fulham midfielder Joao Palhinha.

Although supporters have urged the Reds to sign Palhinha, it had looked for all the world like the 28-year-old was heading to Bayern Munich on deadline. But after the move broke down, German journalist Florian Plettenberg has today told Sky Sports that Bayern returning for Palhinha in January is now unlikely.

Bayern Munich’s alleged preference of a versatile defender over a defensive midfielder makes sense based on need. However, in a season already marked by the club taking big swings in the transfer market, it would not be wholly shocking to see the Bavarians really “go after it” in January if they think a player is the difference between winning a Champions League or coming up empty for another season.

Salary could determine Phillips move (The Sun via 90Min.com)

Bayern Munich was rumored to have interest in Manchester City defensive midfielder Kalvin Phillips, but the 28-year-old has been closely tied to a move to Juventus:

Another England international Juve are targeting is Kalvin Phillips, with the Italian giants happy to pay the majority of his Manchester City wages if a transfer can be agreed.

PSG, Chelsea emerge as top contenders for rumored Bayern target Maignan (90Min.com)

Earlier this week, Bayern Munich was linked to AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan, but Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea FC could be more likely destinations for the 28-year-old:

AC Milan goalkeeper Mike Maignan is considering his future with a host of top clubs around Europe interested in signing him, 90min understands. The 28-year-old is keen for his next contract to reward his progress in recent years, but 90min understands talks with the Rossoneri over a new deal have not gone well and a fresh agreement is not imminent. His current terms run until 2026.

Clubs around Europe are taking notice of the situation. Paris Saint-Germain are currently best-placed to snare their former youth product, who went on to make a name for himself at Lille where he won the 2020/21 Ligue 1 title. PSG are seriously considering moving on from Gianluigi Donnarumma, who has struggled for consistency in France and was recently sent off for a ludicrous challenge in his side’s 2-0 win over Le Havre.

Chelsea are still on the hunt for another goalkeeper despite bringing in Robert Sanchez over the summer and are being kept informed on the situation, while Bayern Munich also see Maignan as a potential long-term replacement for Manuel Neuer. The Blues made Kepa Arrizabalaga the most expensive goalkeeper in the world back in 2018 when they gave Athletic Club £72m for the Spaniard’s services, but he was largely inconsistent and is instead now earning good reviews while on loan with Real Madrid.

Maignan is not the only Serie A star interesting Mauricio Pochettino’s side. 90min understands the Stamford Bridge outfit are upping their pursuit of Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, who is increasingly unlikely to sign a new contract with the Italian champions.

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 Hoeneß and Bayern belong together (Sport Bild via @iMiaSanMia)

Bayern Munich sporting director Christoph Freund make no bones about it — club legend Uli Hoeneß and the club are ingrained in each other.

“Uli Hoeneß and FC Bayern belong together. Together with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge, he made the club what it is today. He’s a great personality. The exchange with him is always exciting. He always gives everything for his FC Bayern, sometimes gets into tough discussions - and that’s a good thing. FC Bayern will always be a big part of Uli Hoeneß,” Freund said.

Malen-Sancho swap on the table? (@cfbayern)

Borussia Dortmund and Manchester United were reported to have met on Friday to discuss a swap of Donyell Malen and Jadon Sancho:

Things, however, could prove to be difficult to get done (as expected):

News #Sancho/#Malen: A swap deal is very unlikely at this stage! All parties involved consider a potential exchange as unrealistic.

➡️ And we were told that this is currently not planned by either Dortmund or ManUtd!

ℹ️ As revealed on Monday: Malen wants to leave #BVB in winter. But inside #MUFC he was not a hot topic yet.

But: Ten Hag & Malen, same agency …

@berger_pj @SkySportDE

Dreesen, Hainer back Tuchel (Tz via @iMiaSanMia)

Bayern Munich CEO Jan-Christian Dreesen wants to make it clear that head coach Thomas Tuchel has the full backing of the club.

“Thomas had to deal with a lot of criticism over the past weeks. We had our best start to a Bundesliga season in eight years, we won our group in the Champions League. Then there was this game in Saarbrücken — believe me, it hurts us a lot, the coach, every single player, it still hurts. We wanted to go to Berlin and win the cup. But it’s unfair that criticism and malice are immediately poured out. If Thomas had asked me (before his reaction on TV), I would have said with complete conviction: You have 100% support from the club — and from me. Do exactly like that.”

Bayern Munich team president Herbert Hainer also threw his support toward Tuchel as well.

”Everyone can express their opinion and criticize. But sometimes you had the impression that everything was in ruins and that we were playing against relegation. We haven’t lost a league game yet and have won all our games in the Champions League. I thought it was good that Thomas has now put a stop sign to that. I like that he’s strong. He’s under enough pressure, like everyone of us at FC Bayern,” Hainer told MagentaTV.

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 a 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.

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