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Daily Schmankerl: Manchester United eyeing Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich for summer transfer; RB Leipzig’s Lukas Klostermann on the move?; Celtic to move on former Bayern prospect?; Robert Firmino wants out of Saudi Arabia already?; & MORE!

Out of the frying pan and into the transfer fire.

1. FC Köln v FC Bayern München - Bundesliga Photo by Dean Mouhtaropoulos/Getty Images

United could be landing spot for Kimmich (@TEAMtalk)

Manchester United is rumored to have interest in acquiring Bayern Munich striker Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting during the winter transfer window, but the Red Devils are also contemplating a big move for Joshua Kimmich next summer:

Manchester United are ready to tussle with fellow Premier League giants Liverpool and Manchester City for the snare of a quality Bayern Munich ace, according to reports.

With Casemiro out injured and seemingly past his best, and Sofyan Amrabat struggling since his arrival from Fiorentina, Man Utd could look to solve their No 6 woes with a big signing in 2024.

And according to Spanish outlet AS, they are interested in a huge swoop for Bayern’s Joshua Kimmich. The Germany ace is facing an uncertain future at Bayern as he is in the middle of a contract debate. Bayern have told him that they will not offer him a new deal unless his performances pick up during the rest of the season. But with Kimmich’s terms set to expire in June 2025, they run the risk of having to sell him for a reduced price.

On December 20, it emerged that Liverpool and City are primed to battle it out for Kimmich’s signing. But those two sides will now face competition from Man Utd, too. The Old Trafford club are named as the latest side to join the bidding for the 28-year-old. There is also interest from outside England, with Barcelona boss Xavi a long-term admirer of his talent.

Manchester United seems like the least likely of the candidates to land Kimmich. It just feels like Manchester City, Liverpool FC, FC Barcelona, and Real Madrid are just more attractive destinations for an ambitious player like Kimmich.

Could Klostermann become an option for Bayern? (kicker)

RB Leipzig defender Lukas Klostermann could be on the move, as his contract with the club is set to expire in July.

A versatile, speedy player on the backline, Klostermann can play as both a right-back and center-back:

Lukas Klostermann (27) is apparently planning to leave RB Leipzig for free. The national player did not comply with the club’s wish to decide on his sporting future by the turn of the year.

Lukas Klostermann actually said “yes” shortly before Christmas, but only to his long-time girlfriend Laura at the wedding the Friday before last. At RB Leipzig, on the other hand, at the end of the year they waited in vain for a yes word from the defensive all-rounder, whose contract expires in the summer of 2024. Klostermann has had an offer for an extension ready to be signed for more than a month, combined with a request from sports director Rouven Schröder to make a decision by the turn of the year.

According to kicker information, the 22-time national player let the deadline pass, which reinforces the impression that Klostermann is planning a free transfer in the summer. Schröder hasn’t given up hope yet and wants to talk to the player next week at the training camp in La Manga.

However, there is currently nothing to indicate that the defender will accept the offer or that the club is prepared to make financial improvements. “I think that we will soon have clarity, which is what we want. The cards have been laid out,” Schröder recently told MDR.

Klostermann, who is already in his ninth season for Leipzig, would be the second long-time professional after Konrad Laimer to leave the club for free within a year. Other RB veterans such as Yussuf Poulsen, Kevin Kampl, and Willi Orban recently extended their contracts.

However, regardless of the competition, Klostermann was a constant in the first half of the season, appearing in 21 of the 25 competitive games so far, including in the starting line-up twelve times. This is one of the reasons why coach Marco Rose recently spoke out several times in favor of staying. “We would be very happy if he stayed,” said the 47-year-old.

The coach also expressed his appreciation by allowing Klostermann to lead the team onto the field as captain in the league games against Cologne (6:0) and Dortmund (3:2) . “He has trust in me, is an absolute leader, has helped shape the club and likes the city,” said Rose. It will soon become clear whether these aspects actually play a decisive role in Klostermann’s future planning.

Klostermann has the kind of versatility that Bayern Munich is coveting and he is a Bundesliga veteran. With his contract set to expire, could he be a cheap, impactful acquisition for the Bavarians?

Firmino ready to exit Saudi Arabia already? (Sport1)

Former Liverpool FC star Roberto Firmino is not finding life in Saudi Arabia to his liking:

After just six months in Saudi Arabia, Roberto Firmino is ready to leave the first division club Al-Ahli, talkSPORT reported. After eight years at Liverpool FC, the Brazilian followed many top stars and moved to the Middle East. After scoring a hat-trick on his debut, the 32-year-old didn’t score a single goal afterwards. There have been no more starting eleven appearances for Firmino in the last few weeks.

The ex-Hoffenheim player is said to be dissatisfied with Al-Ahli’s system and he doesn’t seem to have the best relationships with the club. Firmino is said to have some interested parties in Europe. In addition to clubs from Turkey, a return to England is also conceivable. Sheffield United head coach Paul Heckingbottom was most recently interested in signing the 2019 Champions League winner, but the 46-year-old was released at the beginning of the month.

Firmino shouldn’t rule out a return to his home country of Brazil either. Although Al-Ahli would prefer to keep him, the Saudis appear ready to take the centre-forward on loan in January. Whether there will be a change for Firmino in the winter and where he should go then remains uncertain at the moment.

Bavarian Podcast Works — Flagship Show: Season 6, Episode 25 (Bavarian Football Works)

Well, it is 2024 and we have the very first Bavarian Football Works podcast of the year for release!

On this episode, we have a lot to talk about (despite the Winterpause), so why waste any time in droning on about it...let’s just do it! Here is what we have on tap for this episode:

  • With a growing divide in the fanbase and a war brewing between the #TuchelOut vs. #TuchelTime segments of the crowd, we have identified three things that need to happen for Bayern Munich fans to fully get back on board with things. Can they do them? Or maybe the better question is will they do them?
  • We are also looking at the futures of Assessing the futures of Joshua Kimmich, Leroy Sané, Alphonso Davies, Bouna Sarr, Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting, and Sven Ulreich — all players who have contracts expiring in 2024 or 2025. While Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer are in a bit of a different situation because they are knowingly working year-to-year, these other players all could be packing their bags this summer.
  • Plus, Chuck managed to piss off his wife with interesting pronunciations for Pennsylvania towns. (That’s a bonus!)

De Jong still not thinking about a move away from Barca (@FabrizioRomano)

FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong once again proclaimed his love for the club, while also leaving just enough room with his comments to make people wonder if he would make a move:

Eintracht’s Larsson a popular target (@FabrizioRomano)

Eintracht Frankfurt midfielder Hugo Larsson’s profile is growing and some big clubs could be on their way to lure him out of Frankfurt:

Celtic eyeing former Bayern prospect (The Boot Room)

Celtic is kicking the tires on Rapid Wien attacker Nicolas Kühn, a former youth player at Bayern Munich:

Celtic are reportedly interested in signing Rapid Wien winger Nicolas Kühn, who has been on the books at Ajax and Bayern Munich.

According to the Scottish Sun, Brendan Rodgers is keen to add to his forward ranks this month, with Celtic and Rangers set to endure a proper title battle for the first time in years. And Kühn could be an excellent signing for the Hoops, with the 24-year-old having a dream footballing background having come through at Ajax and also been part of Bayern’s academy set-up, as well. Indeed, whilst Rapid might not want to sell Kuhn, the forward himself might be tempted to make the switch to Celtic Park, especially if Rodgers can lead the Scottish giants to the UEFA Champions League.

Bavarian Podcast Works — Weekend Warm-up Podcast: Season 3, Episode 25 (Bavarian Football Works)

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?

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