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Daily Schmankerl: Manchester United still wants Bayern Munich’s Thomas Müller; Arsenal plotting move for Matthijs de Ligt?; Bayern, Liverpool battling for Manu Koné?; LFC, Real Madrid want PSG’s Kylian Mbappé; BuLi teams spar for Saša Kalajdžić; + MORE

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United still wants Müller (The Express)

Bayern Munich star Thomas Müller recently re-upped his contract through 2025, but that has not stopped Manchester United from putting the Germany international on their wish list:

Manchester United have included Thomas Muller on their shortlist as Erik ten Hag searches for a short-term striker solution in the January transfer window, according to reports. The Bayern Munich frontman has been courted by United before, under the influence of another Dutchman, Louis van Gaal.

It seems like we can file this one under wishful thinking.

Gunners linked to De Ligt (Fichajes via

It is safe to say that the next few months are key for center-back Matthijs de Ligt in establishing himself under Thomas Tuchel at Bayern Munich (which is...absurd given how good De Ligt was last season, but here we are).

If things do not go well, Arsenal FC is said to be very interested in the Dutchman:

Matthijs de Ligt has also been linked with an exit from Bayern Munich. Arsenal are said to be looking at the center-back in their pursuit of defensive reinforcements.

Bayern, LFC biggest contenders for Koné? (The Hard Tackle)

Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Manu Koné has become a hot name on the transfer market and Bayern Munich and Liverpool FC are — allegedly — the leading clubs set to battle it out for the 22-year-old:

Bayern Munich are willing to fork out €40-45 million to bring Manu Koné in January, although they face competition from Liverpool.

According to Fichajes, Bayern Munich is eager to get ahead in the race for Manu Kone in January. The Bavarians are reportedly willing to pay €40-45 million to sign the 22-year-old Liverpool target, with the Merseysiders also keen on signing the Borussia Monchengladbach midfielder.

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!)

LFC, Madrid in race for Mbappé (Le Parisien via

Liverpool and Real Madrid appear to be in a two-horse race to convince Kylian Mbappé to leave Paris Saint-Germain...which seems like a longshot (at least right now):

Liverpool and Real Madrid are the two clubs looking to poach Kylian Mbappé from PSG with his deal up at the end of the season. The France international is now free to talk to other clubs about a pre-contract agreement.

Wolves, Eintracht sparring for Kalajdžić (@Plettigoal)

Wolfsburg and Eintracht Frankfurt are both eager to bring in Wolverhampton striker Saša Kalajdžić:

ICYMI: Van de Beek to Eintracht went official (@eintracht_us)

The Eintracht Frankfurt roster makeover is underway, as the long-rumored loan move to Germany went official for Manchester United’s Donny van de Beek:

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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