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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich won’t pursue Chelsea’s “Donkey” — Kai Havertz; Thoughts on Florian Wirtz’s showing with Germany; Real Madrid showing interest in Leroy Sané; FC Barcelona, Manchester City vying for İlkay Gündoğan; & MORE!

One day close to Der Klassiker between Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund.

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Tuchel, Bayern agree timing isn’t right for Havertz deal (Sport Bild via @iMiaSanMia)

Bayern Munich has been linked to Kai Havertz many times over the years and now that one of his former coaches is the manager in Bavaria, it seemed logical that there could be a partnership in the works that would bring the attacker home to Germany.

Not so fast.

According to a report from Sport Bild journalists Tobi Altschäffl and Christian Falk, both Bayern Munich club executive and Tuchel agree that there is no need to pursue Havertz at this point:

As of now, Thomas Tuchel has not told the club about his transfer wishes. The name of Kai Havertz was mentioned during the talks, but in the end the bosses and the coach agreed that Havertz’s position is already well covered in the team.

Havertz has been a player who has played mostly everywhere but his primary position (attacking midfield). At Bayern Munich, there are a plethora of options for that position as of now, so it would make sense that the club passes on bringing in Havertz.

We had seen previous reports that this might be the case, but it appears like we can officially cross Havertz’s name off the potential transfer list (again).

Also, there is this below — if you missed our post on Donkey Kong Kai, check it out here:

Wirtz was taken out for poor play, but it’s not the end of the world (Bild via @iMiaSanMia)

Germany manager knew he needed to make some changes as his team scuffled in the first half against Belgium. One of the players who left the game early was Bayer Leverkusen ace Florian Wirtz, who had a lot of trouble making an impact on the game. Flick admitted as much afterward — as we covered here.

This was a learning moment for Wirtz, who did not seem overly comfortable in either game for Germany. Whether it was being out of sorts because of the formation or not being acclimated to his teammates, Wirtz often look tentative and unsure of himself. Worst of all, he was invisible for the majority of both games.

In the Euro 2024 competition, Flick will need Wirtz at his best, so hopefully the youngster does learn from this experience. His role will surely only get bigger, but he will have to show much more on the big stage during the next set of international matches if he wants to sniff a chance at having an important role for Flick at the Euro 2024 competition.

Bavarian Podcast Works: Preview Show — Bayern Munich vs. Borussia Dortmund (Bavarian Football Works)

Well, this is a hell of way for Thomas Tuchel to get his feet wet at Bayern Munich, huh?

Tuchel will lead the Bavarians against his old club — Borussia Dortmund — in a match that will have massive implications in the Bundesliga title race. Yes, this edition of Der Klassiker will have a championship look and feel, plus a lot of uncertainty from a Bayern Munich standpoint.

With BVB sitting atop the table, the Bavarians can ill-afford a loss. Here is what we have on tap for this episode:

  • A look at where each team sits in the table and their recent form.
  • Some thoughts about what kind of impact Tuchel can have in this match.
  • A complete guess at how Tuchel will line up and who might start.
  • A prediction on the match.

Leipzig, Frankfurt eye Baumgartner (@Plettigoal)

RB Leipzig and Eintracht Frankfurt are both keeping a close watch on Hoffenheim midfielder Christoph Baumgartner:

Sané headed to Madrid? (Fichajes via

Bayern Munich star Leroy Sané has attracted the interest of Real Madrid:

Real Madrid are hoping to sign Leroy Sane from Bayern Munich this summer amid speculation that his future at the Allianz Arena is uncertain.

It appears that Sané is getting early support from Thomas Tuchel, but if he falls back into the lulls of inconsistency that have plagued him, a fresh start might not be the worst thing to revive his career.

Bavarian Podcast Works: Rant edition — Bayern Munich sack Julian Nagelsmann? And hired Thomas Tuchel!? (Bavarian Football Works)

So this came out of nowhere and we just HAD to react to it. Bayern Munich have decided to sack Julian Nagelsmann with immediate effect, and former Chelsea and BVB coach Thomas Tuchel is set to be named his successor. This is an insane set of developments, especially given the timing during an international break and with the game vs Borussia Dortmund coming right after.

In this special edition reaction (or rant) episode, INNN and Schnitzel talk about the following:

  • The strange timing of the decision.
  • Arguing back and forth about Nagelsmann’s record and the decision to sack him.
  • Can Thomas Tuchel get Bayern on track before facing BVB and Manchester City?
  • What criteria does Tuchel need to fulfill to be a success at Bayern?
  • What happens to the board if Tuchel can’t hack it?
  • And arguments. Lots and lots of arguments. Especially about the DFB Pokal for some reason.

Gündoğan’s future still in flux (@FabrizioRomano)

İlkay Gündoğan is still deciding on what is next for his career. A longer stay at Manchester City is still a possibility, but a move to FC Barcelona is not off the table:

Kampl, Poulsen, Klostermann could all leave Leipzig (@Plettigoal)

Some of RB Leipzig’s roster mainstays could be on the move this summer. Kevin Kampl, Yussuf Poulsen, and Lukas Klostermann could all leave the club:

I still say that Klostermann should shift to center-back, where I think he would be more effective.

Bavarian Podcast Works: Flagship Show — Season 5, Episode 39 (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich has entered unsteady ground with a coaching change so late in the season. Marcus and Samrin take up the coaching appointment and discuss many aspects of it as well as what the season might look like moving forward.

  • What Marcus thinks of Julian Nagelsmann’s fashion sense!
  • Did Nagelsmann have the right attitude throughout his time at Bayern?
  • Did the team actually progress under Nagelsmann?
  • What is the right way to run a club like Bayern Munich?
  • How the sacking of Nagelsmann impacts the positions of Oliver Kahn and Hasan Salihamidzic
  • Thoughts on the aftermath of the Bayer Leverkusen match
  • Was the decision to fire Nagelsmann the correct one?
  • What does success mean when it comes to comes to Thomas Tuchel?
  • Is Tuchel the answer for Bayern? Does he have the nous to handle the personalities at Bayern, both in the dressing room and the on the pitch?
  • How will Tuchel’s hiring impact player morale?
  • Where we think Germany stands ahead of the Euros
  • How might the team react to the coaching situation against Borussia Dortmund
  • A word on the Frauen topping the table and on women’s football in general
  • A discussion on the quality of the Bundesliga and whether that has led to a more competitive league season
  • Marcus’s belief in Joachim Löw
  • Marcus underestimates Niklas Füllkrug!
  • A lot of references to INNN!

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