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Daily Schmankerl: Liverpool to pursue Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich even without Jürgen Klopp; BVB’s Gio Reyna to Nottingham Forest; Lionel Messi napkin worth $382K (!?); Jerome Boateng finds new home in Italy; Virgil van Dijk to Real Madrid?; & MORE!

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Even without Klopp, LFC hot on Kimmich (The 4th Official)

When Jürgen Klopp announced that he was leaving Liverpool FC after the season, there was some thought that Bayern Munich star Joshua Kimmich would disappear from the Premier League club’s radar.

Not so fast my friend:

According to a report from BBC, Liverpool have joined Manchester City in the pursuit of German midfielder Joshua Kimmich from Bayern Munich. The upcoming summer transfer window may witness a heated battle between these Premier League powerhouses to secure the services of Kimmich, widely recognized as one of the best talents in Europe.

It is extremely doubtful that Kimmich leaves Bayern Munich, but the tide of the club is changing under Thomas Tuchel. The coach has a lot of say in squad planning and has openly talked about not playing Kimmich at his preferred position — the No. 6.

Kimmich will surely have to weigh his personal convenience vs. his career goals vs. how much money he might be able to make on the open market.

Those kinds of decision are difficult enough to make, let alone having to factor in where — and how — you fit in under the coach of the club where you really want to be.

Reyna to Forest done — and how it played out (@berger_pj)

Borussia Dortmund’s Gio Reyna is on loan to Nottingham Forest:

Final details began to emerge that there would not be an option to buy for Nottingham Forest:

Per Bild’s Christian Falk (in his work for CaughtOffside), Borussia Dortmund did, indeed, secure €1 million are part of the arrangement:

BVB will secure a tidy loan fee of €1m as part of the loan deal, BILD’s head of sport, Christian Falk, exclusively informed CaughtOffside. Additionally, it’s understood that the relegation-threatened outfit will cover the attacking midfielder’s entire salary (earning roughly €5m per year).

Finally, BVB inked Reyna to a new contract through 2026 just prior to the loan agreement:

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

Bogey alert!

Bayern Munich will host Borussia Mönchengladbach for what could be a very important Bundesliga matchup.

The Bavarians have had a lot of trouble with Die Fohlen in recent years and this could be a situation where the banged up and weary boys from Bayern Munich need to really dig deep even against a Borussia Mönchengladbach side that is not exactly a juggernaut.

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

  • A look at where each team is in the table.
  • Some thoughts on Bayern Munich’s injury and absence situation and what Thomas Tuchel might to do to work around missing key players like Kim Min-jae, Noussair Mazraoui, Dayot Upamecano, Konrad Laimer, Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry, and Joshua Kimmich.
  • An attempt to figure out Tuchel’s lineup for the game — and why common sense probably will not prevail.
  • A prediction on the match.

Van Dijk to Madrid? (Defensa Central via 90Min.com)

Could Liverpool star Virgil van Dijk follow Jurgen Klopp’s path and leave the club after the season?

If so, Real Madrid could be his landing spot:

Real Madrid are prepared to pounce on the uncertainty surrounding Liverpool after Jurgen Klopp’s exit with a move for Virgil van Dijk, whose contract is up in 2025.

Boateng to Salernitana (@Plettigoal)

Former Bayern Munich star Jerome Boateng is getting get a fresh start in Italy:

⚠️ Been told that Jerome #Boateng will speak to Salernitana coach Filippo Inzaghi today!

➡️ Agreement on salary terms is close ✔️

Boateng, open to join @OfficialUSS1919 immediately. But more clubs from Italy have inquired about him in the last hours. No medical yet.

@SkySportDE

Boateng later arrived for his medical exam:

Bavarian Podcast Works — Flagship Show: Season 6, Episode 29 (Bavarian Football Works)

Bayern Munich’s season currently seems as stable as uranium, with an ongoing injury crisis, consistently mediocre performances on the pitch (bordering on poor), and the possibility of a locker room implosion (it is always just a matter of time). In the meantime, the club has shrewdly acquired the services of Sacha Boey, a quality right-back who is expected to bring a lot of quality and add depth to the position.

With the impending return of Noussair Mazraoui on the horizon, Tuchel will have to make some very important decisions (welp). The team could really use some direction and a definitive plan. As Bayern nears the business end of the season, the pressure to deliver increases. The next 4 months could be the difference between a double and nothing. And we all know: a trophyless season at Bayern is blasphemous.

Schnitzel and Rayyan therefore had their hands full with topics to discuss, including:

  • The Sacha Boey transfer
  • An evaluation of Christoph Freund’s work so far
  • Bayern Munich’s lengthy injury list
  • How Bayern Munich’s season has looked statistically vs. how it looks to the eye
  • Thomas Tuchel’s tactics being a mismatch at Bayern
  • Jürgen Klopp being the pipe dream to succeed Tuchel
  • Some easter eggs and veiled roasts (as usual)

Messi napkin for $382K? (ESPN)

The napkin which housed the proposal to bring Lionel Messi to FC Barcelona is up for auction:

The napkin which famously launched Lionel Messi’s Barcelona career as a 13-year-old will be auctioned off in March with a starting price of £300,000 ($382,150).

With Messi’s father, Jorge, beginning to doubt Barça’s commitment to his son in 2000, the club’s director of football at the time, Carles Rexach, hastily scrambled together an agreement on a napkin. It was signed by Rexach, Josep Minguella, an advisor who had helped bring Messi over from South America, and Horacio Gaggioli, the Argentine agent who helped broker the deal, and served as a promise for a first contract.

Since then, it has remained under the ownership of Gaggioli, secured in a vault in Andorra, the Principality to the north of Barcelona sandwiched between Spain and France. Negotiations for it to be incorporated into Barça’s museum at the club’s Spotify Camp Nou stadium broke down in the past and it will now be made available to private bidders by British auction house Bonhams.

Here is a pic of the famous napkin:

Big clubs vying for Yoro (Le10Sport via 90Min.com)

A few weeks ago, Leny Yoro was on the radar of Bayern Munich, but since that point, the interest has intensified from other clubs like Liverpool FC, Manchester City, Manchester United, and Paris Saint-Germain.

Now, the competition might be getting intense:

Liverpool, Manchester City, Manchester United and PSG all remain keen on signing Lille defender Leny Yoro, with the Premier League trio said to be particularly tenacious in their attempts to secure his signature.

Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Show — Augsburg 2-3 Bayern Munich (Bavarian Football Works)

Phew, Bayern Munich got away with that one. After going 3-1 up courtesy of goals by Aleksandar Pavlović, Alphonso Davies, and Harry Kane, no one would have expected FC Augsburg to make it a nervous finish for Bayern by getting two penalties in quick succession in the dying minutes of the game. Anyway, it was still an important win — no one can argue with three points. Unfortunately, said three points also came at the cost of some important injuries.

In this episode, we discuss the following topics:

  • The starting lineups of the game.
  • Manager Thomas Tuchel’s tactics and how he set up his team.
  • The individual performance of one Aleksandar Pavlović.
  • The future of Tuchel at Bayern Munich.

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