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Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich has transfer options; Manchester City eyeing summer move for Florian Wirtz; Lukas Klostermann to Eintracht Frankfurt?; How good would FC Barcelona’s Robert Lewandowski be if he never used TikTok?; & MORE!

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City eyes Wirtz...but not for January (Football 365)

Bayer Leverkusen ace Florian Wirtz has been coveted by many teams in Europe, including Bayern Munich.

However, it could be Manchester City, who is playing the long game with Wirtz, as Pep Guardiola’s club is said to be very interested in the 20-year-old. A January move will not happen, but City could be plotting its move for the summer transfer window:

Manchester City ‘like’ Liverpool-linked Bayer Leverkusen playmaker Florian Wirtz but a January swoop is very unlikely, according to reports.

Xabi Alonso is bringing the best out of all of his players, but Wirtz’s development has been clear to see, which is even more impressive considering he was recently sidelined with an ACL injury.

Worth €100million (£86.8million) according to Transfermarkt, the 20-year-old has eight goals and 12 assists in 23 appearances in 2023/24. He has seen himself linked with a move to the Premier League in recent months with Liverpool appearing to be the most likely destination if a Leverkusen exit comes to fruition.

You can never rule out Manchester City, though, with Pep Guardiola and their financial muscle.

Kimmich has options...(@Ekremkonur)

If Bayern Munich midfielder Joshua Kimmich really is inclined to leave the club, he has a lot of good options, including Liverpool FC, Manchester United, and Manchester City per Ekrem Konur.

Real Madrid is not named in Konur’s most recent list, but it is safe to say that if Kimmich was available, Los Blancos would like be kicking the tires on the 28-year-old:

Hammers approaching Dier (FootballTransfers)

Versatile Tottenham Hotspur defender Eric Dier is reportedly a big target for West Ham United:

West Ham have made initial contact with Tottenham regarding a potential move for England international Eric Dier, FootballTransfers can reveal.

We understand that David Moyes is looking to add Premier League experience to strengthen his squad during the January transfer window, following the club’s impressive first half of the campaign.

Moyes, who is impressed with Dier’s defensive abilities, sees the versatile player as a suitable addition to West Ham’s backline- sources inform us that the Hammers’ manager is believed to view Dier in a similar mould to Manchester United’s centre-back Harry Maguire, a player West Ham came close to signing during the summer transfer window before the Red Devils knocked back an offer.

Dier’s contract is up at Spurs in 2024, meaning that the club would have to cash in now or face the risk of losing him on a free.

Dier was thought to be the type of player that would appeal to Bayern Munich for this window given his versatility, but the Hammers could beat the Bavarians to the punch.

Bavarian Podcast Works — Weekend Warm-up Podcast: Season 3, Episode 26 (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich has returned to training, but somehow the transfer action has been hotter than what has been going on during the practice sessions.

Knowing that Bayern Munich is eager to spend some money and add a few players during this transfer window, the rumors are flowing. Let’s take a look at what we have on tap for this week’s episode:

  • Catching-up on some an older take to see how it is going.
  • A rundown of the rumor mill, including what we have heard about VfB Stuttgart’s Alexander Nübel and Serhou Guirassy, Chelsea FC’s Trevoh Chalobah, Fulham FC’s João Palhinha, and AC Milan’s Fikayo Tomori.
  • The increasing likelihood that Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting and Frans Krätzig could leave on loan assignments.
  • Discussing the Bild report that Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Serge Gnabry, Matthijs de Ligt and Alphonso Davies are being closely monitored and how that could mean bad things for their respective futures with the club.
  • Finally, we lighten it up with some thoughts on this season of Fargo and my progress working through the Marvel movies.

Hammers scoping Ekitike, too (@RudyGaletti)

West Ham is reportedly eyeing Paris Saint-Germain attacker Hugo Ekitike:

Eintracht an option for Klostermann (@CMoffiziel)

RB Leipzig defender Lukas Klostermann could be on the move this month or next summer. If he cannot work out a deal between now and then with RB Leipzig, Eintracht Frankfurt could be a potential landing spot:

The rumor mill surrounding Lukas Klostermann is bubbling. Italian media are throwing the name AC Fiorentina into the race, the Wiesbaden courier Eintracht Frankfurt. RB Leipzig has to fight to retain the 27-year-old beyond the summer. The full-back missed an initial deadline, which according to kicker there was. Since January 1, 2024, he has been allowed to officially hold discussions with other clubs and listen to offers.

According to information from fussball.news , RB still has the plan to extend Klostermann’s contract, which expires in the summer. At the training camp in La Manga, Spain (January 2nd to 7th), those responsible want to talk to and convince the player, who has already played 278 competitive games for the Saxons and earns around five million euros. The speculation doesn’t make anyone nervous at RB. For Klostermann, who came from VfL Bochum for one million euros ten years ago , the crucial question is: Stay - or take on a new challenge?

ICYMI: WTF Lewy (@nocontextfooty)

There are no words...

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!)

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