There might be a silent battle going on at Säbener Straße — Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich vs. manager Thomas Tuchel.
If something does not break one way or the other in terms of Kimmich regaining his status as “damn near untouchable”, the Germany international might not find a way to coexist with Tuchel moving forward.
Should that happen, Liverpool FC looks like it could be very interested in bringing Kimmich to England:
Liverpool are one of the teams taking a big interest in Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich. The Reds have previously been tentatively mentioned in connection with Kimmich, as his future at Bayern remains in the balance.
Having seen the 28-year-old fall slightly out of favour under Thomas Tuchel, there have been claims that the German champions would now be open to selling Kimmich. That suggestion has been backed up in reports this week from Spanish outlet AS. They propose that the midfielder is now ‘increasingly associated with a departure’ from Bayern.
With that in mind, it’s claimed that both Liverpool and Manchester United have ‘joined the bidding’ for Kimmich, with Barcelona another to show interest. As his contract runs until 2025, both Liverpool and United would reportedly be keen on making an offer for the Germany international in the coming summer.
There is a lot of time between now and the summer transfer window, so this situation could play out a myriad of different ways. One thing is for certain, though, letting Kimmich leave would certainly signal a changing of the guard for the Bayern Munich locker room.
Speaking of Liverpool, some reports are indicating that the Reds are a serious contender to land Paris Saint-Germain mega-star Kylian Mbappé:
PSG striker Kylian Mbappé (25) has now entered the final six months of his contract with Les Parisiens. The France skipper has, so far, given no indication of where he would like to play next season. Le Parisien understands this Monday that, barring an extraordinary change at the 11th hour, Mbappé will either remain in the French capital or leave on a free transfer with two clubs fighting for his signing: La Liga giants Real Madrid and current Premier League leaders Liverpool.
The outlet goes as far as saying that Liverpool is “the most credible and dangerous candidate” for PSG regarding Mbappé’s future. Le Parisien adds that Reds manager Jürgen Klopp’s nine-year-long unwavering pursuit of the Parisian-born prodigy does not leave the latter indifferent.
Le Parisien understands that leaving Paris next summer would not make much sense for Mbappé, considering he would struggle to find elsewhere an environment as tailor-made for him like PSG. However, the outlet adds that Real Madrid’s hardball tactics to convince him to join the Spanish giants have no chance of succeeding and are even counter-productive. The outlet adds that out of Real Madrid, Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain, two of those clubs will be bitterly disappointed at failing the opportunity to sign Mbappé next summer.
Jürgen Klopp would absolutely need a replacement for Mo Salah, but if Liverpool cannot get Mbappé, it is expected to consider taking a run at Bayern Munich star Leroy Sané, which could make things interesting during what could end up being a time for roster turmoil next summer in Bavaria.
According to football journalist Ben Jacobs, Fulham FC is expecting a bid from Bayern Munich for midfielder João Palhinha:
Although Bayern haven’t yet made a fresh move for João Palhinha, Fulham still expect them to rekindle their interest this month. Arsenal admire Palhinha but a January move is difficult due to price tag. Liverpool are not in the race. Fulham signing Fluminense midfielder André could hinge on Palhinha leaving the club.
Ah...the Winterpause is here, so Bayern Munich is on hiatus. Much like rust, however, the Weekend Warm-up Podcast never sleeps.
Despite the break, there is still plenty to talk about when it comes to Bayern Munich and the German national team. So, let’s get down to it! Here is what we have on tap for this week’s episode:
- The most recent transfer rumors, including Joshua Kimmich to Manchester United or Manchester City...and how Matthijs de Ligt might also be on the chopping block.
- Should Real Madrid’s Toni Kroos return to the German national team? Is this just another tinkering maneuver for Julian Nagelsmann to help quell his insatiable need to make change after change.
- What do the rumors about Kroos say about Nagelsmann’s confidence in Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka?
- One final Germany note...İlkay Gündoğan as a No. 10 for Germany? Where does that leave Jamal Musiala, Florian Wirtz, and Thomas Müller?
Bayern Munich stars Leroy Sané and Harry Kane earned spots on WhoScored.com’s Bundesliga Team of the Month:
Bayern Munich fans can breathe a sigh of relief. It looks like West Ham’s Thilo Kehrer is headed to AS Monaco:
Le PSG s’attaque à Kalvin Philipps https://t.co/M20iMsmPpN— Foot Mercato (@footmercato) January 1, 2024
The Bundesliga may be on break this week but that doesn’t mean the drama will stop. After the European Court of Justice ruled against UEFA in favor of the European Super League, Bayern Munich were one of the first clubs to come out against the new competition and affirmed their commitment to the existing European football pyramid. However, with big clubs like Real Madrid and Barcelona pushing for it plus FIFA looking for their own piece of the pie with the Club World Cup, can Bayern keep its place at the top of football for much longer?
In this episode, INNN and Samrin discuss the following:
- The return of the European Super League — good or bad?
- Why Premier League teams continue to refuse to join the Super League, and how it differs from Germany.
- Isn’t the Premier League already becoming a Super League?
- How UEFA and the top clubs across Europe brought this outcome on themselves.
- How leagues can still block a Super League themselves.
- Why teams like Madrid and Barca, plus the teams in Italy would probably not mind being banned from their league if they can play in the Super League.
- How FIFA is trying to get a bigger slice of the pie with the revamped Club World Cup and the new World Cup format.
- Is football headed for a Formula 1 style closed system?
- Isn’t the situation in the Bundesliga with Bayern Munich’s dominance an example of what football is headed towards?
- Shouldn’t Bayern Munich also be held responsible for the current situation in European football?
- Closing out with a look at the drama at Borussia Dortmund and what it means for the league.