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Daily Schmankerl: FC Barcelona out of race for Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich; Barry Hepburn returns to Germany; Jordan Henderson not in Bayern’s plans; Futures of Manchester City’s Erling Haaland, PSG’s Kylian Mbappé intertwined?; & MORE!

It’s MATCH DAY! Bayern Munich vs. Hoffenheim

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Barca out of race for Kimmich? (Barca Universal)

The buzz surrounding a potential exit from Bayern Munich for Joshua Kimmich continues to grow. With Paris Saint-Germain rumored to be enamored with the Germany international, FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Liverpool have all said to have interest in the 28-year-old.

However, recent reports out of Spain indicate that acquiring Kimmich might simply cost too much for the Catalans:

Joshua Kimmich has long been linked with FC Barcelona, with the interest in the German midfielder particularly spiking last summer following the departure of Sergio Busquets. However, the club’s financial situation meant that they were in no position to sign the Bayern Munich ace and instead brought in Oriol Romeu from Girona.

But, heading into the summer of 2024, there were once again talks about Barcelona readying a move for Kimmich, who is entering the final year of his contract at Bayern Munich. However, as per the latest report from SPORT, Barcelona are now no longer in the race to sign Kimmich from Bayern Munich.

The 28-year-old, whose market value stands at €75 million, is a player who is very much liked at the Catalan club. But the total price of the operation, in the event that he leaves Germany, makes it impossible for the Blaugrana to sign him.

Hepburn returns to Bayern (The Herald)

In a very interesting move, Barry Hepburn was called back from his loan at Queen’s Park:

Barry Hepburn has returned to Bayern Munich from Queen’s Park after his loan spell was cut short “by mutual consent”. The winger, who joined the Scottish Championship side in the summer, had fallen down the pecking order at the Spiders and started few games. And his departure is one of the first bits of business new boss Callum Davidson had to deal with after his appointment.

A club statement read: “The temporary transfer agreement between Queen’s Park and Bayern Munich that saw Scottish Youth Internationalist Barry Hepburn turn out for The Spiders has been ended by mutual consent.

“The 19-year-old attacker who has been with the youth academy at the German side since leaving Celtic in 2020 joined Queen’s Park last summer and featured in 21 games during which he scored three goals. Despite only having a brief time at the club Barry did create a small piece of history with his goal against Arbroath on August 12 being the first ever league goal scored at The City Stadium following its redevelopment.”

Club President David Hunter added: “We would like to wish Barry well on his return to Bayern Munich and thank him for his efforts during his time at Queen’s Park.”

With Bayern Munich being relatively thin at wing behind Leroy Sané, Kingsley Coman, and Serge Gnabry, maybe Hepburn is being brought back to Säbener Straße as insurance. Sure, Mathys Tel and Jamal Musiala could aptly fill-in at wing as well, but Thomas Tuchel has been hung up on the squad’s depth. Having Hepburn with Bayern Munich II could at least give the club an in-house option if it gets hit with a string of injuries.

Bavarian Podcast Works — Weekend Warm-up: Podcast Season 3, Episode 27 (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich gets back to action on the pitch this weekend, but the rumor mill is providing much of the electricity surrounding the team this week.

Given all of that, we have a lot of topics to cover, so let’s get to it:

  • Grass bedamned, the NFL is coming back to the Allianz Arena.
  • Eric Dier is in Germany...now what?
  • A move for João Palhinha is off the table...for now.
  • Alphonso Davies and Real Madrid just seems like it is going to happen.
  • Joshua Kimmich to Paris Saint-Germain? That probably will not happen, but let’s explore those rumors and what they could ultimately mean for the Germany’s international’s future in Bavaria.
  • Arijon Ibrahimović could be leaving, while Joshua Zirkzee could come back?
  • A look at the latest episode of Fargo, along with where things are in the great “Marvel Odyssey.”

Gunners still want Frimpong in summer (Bild via 90Min.com)

Arsenal FC has not given up its hopes of getting Bayer Leverkusen’s Jeremie Frimpong during the summer transfer window:

Bayer Leverkusen right-back Jeremie Frimpong is of interest to Arsenal, who are keen to trigger his £34m release clause in the summer.

Aside of Arsenal, Frimpong is also drawing interest from Liverpool and Manchester United per Football Insider (as captured by 90Min.com):

Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester United are all monitoring in-form Bayer Leverkusen wing-back Jeremie Frimpong.

Hendo not in Bayern’s plans (@_kochmaximilian)

Former Liverpool midfielder and rumored Al-Ettifaq FC malcontent Jordan Henderson is not on the radar of Bayern Munich despite some reports:

Jordan #Henderson is not an issue with #FCBayern. The priority in this transfer period is a right-back and a central defender. @Abendzeitung

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

Ah...back to action.

Are you ready?

Let’s hope that Bayern Munich will be as it will play host to Hoffenheim this weekend in a Bundesliga tilt that will have a lot of focus on it, especially after the Bavarians turned in a -less-than-stellar effort last weekend in a friendly vs. FC Basel.

Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this Preview Show:

  • A look at the Bundesliga table and where Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim fall into the mix.
  • Checking out how Bayern Munich and Hoffenheim finished off the first half of the season — and where things might be headed for each squad.
  • A guess at what lineup Thomas Tuchel will use for the match.
  • A prediction for the match.

Mbappé, Haaland might see futures intertwined (Mundo Deportivo and AS via 90Min.com)

Liverpool could be gaining an edge over Real Madrid for Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappé per Mundo Deportivo:

Liverpool owner John W. Henry is on a ‘personal mission’ to sign Paris Saint-Germain forward Kylian Mbappé, who has reservations about sharing the Real Madrid stage with Vinicius Junior.

According to AS, Madrid could be shifting focus from Mbappé to Manchester City’s Erling Haaland:

With Real Madrid increasingly concerned about their chances of signing Mbappé, the Spanish giants are considering turning their attention to Manchester City striker Erling Haaland.

Frauen ink sign Tanikawa (FCBayern.com)

The Bayern Munich Frauen have inked 18-year-old attacking midfielder Momoko Tanikawa:

FC Bayern Women have signed Momoko Tanikawa. The 18-year-old Japanese international has previously played in the JFA Academy, the Japan Football Association’s youth program. The attacking midfielder will initially be loaned out to FC Rosengård in Sweden until the end of the year.

Bavarian Podcast Works — Flagship Show: Season 6, Episode 26 (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich had a tune-up this weekend and it did not, well, go so great.

In the wake of that uneven effort, the Bavarians are closely linked to Eric Dier, Nordi Mukiele, and Radu Drăgușin, while also seeing reports break that nearly everyone on the squad is going to be analyzed and scrutinized over the course of the second half of the season.

Is this normal...or is a powder keg brewing. Let’s discuss!

Here are the topics we will take on in this podcast:

  • Should Bayern Munich make a move for Dier?
  • What about Mukiele or Drăgușin? Would they be good fits for the Bavarians?
  • Who are the most likely candidates for Bayern Munich to move on from during the summer?
  • What we are looking most forward to in the second half of the season.

Klostermann re-ups with Leipzig (@Plettigoal)

After some speculation that he would leave the club, Lukas Klostermann extended his deal with RB Leipzig:

RB Leipzig’s official announcement is below:

It still feels like Klostermann would have been a good fit for what Bayern Munich wanted during this transfer window, but alas, it was not meant to be.

Vogt off to Union (@Plettigoal)

Longtime Hoffenheim defender Kevin Vogt is off to Union Berlin:

ICYMI: Sancho returns to BVB (@BlackYellow)

As expected, Manchester United and Borussia Dortmund complete a loan deal for Jadon Sancho.

BVB did the announcement on its English Twitter (X) account in Michael Jordan style (which is just a wee bit of a reach, but creative and fun nonetheless):

Fabrizio Romano also captured some comments from Sancho:

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