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Daily Schmankerl: FC Barcelona, Real Madrid to take advantage of Bayern Munich firesale?; Madrid to extend Ferland Mendy; Is Harry Kane battling an injury?; Federico Chiesa available for a cheap fee?; and MORE!

FC Barcelona and Real Madrid could be poised to pluck some good players off of Bayern Munich’s discount rack over the next few years:

For Barcelona and Real Madrid, as highlighted by SPORT, the recent transfer operations being conducted by Bayern Munich could pave the way for a plethora of different transfer opportunities opening up.
The two most apparent cases would be those of Joshua Kimmich and Alphonso Davies. Due to Bayern having recently signed the likes of Michael Olise and Hiroki Ito, with Joao Palhinha being rumored as a potential signing, the expenditures far outweigh the revenue generated so far this summer.
To balance their books, it could be possible to see Bayern part ways with some previously important players. The likes of both Kimmich and Davies could be included in that list, especially given their sizeable salaries, and that is great news for both Barcelona and their Madrid-based rivals.
Now under the guidance of Hansi Flick, Barça will look to sign Kimmich as he remains one of the German coach’s most-liked targets. Davies, on the other hand, is a player that Real Madrid have been hoping to incorporate into their team since quite a while.
Other players who may also possibly be put on the transfer market include the likes of Serge Gnabry, Leon Goretzka, Matthijs de Ligt, and Kingsley Coman. Both Kimmich and Davies end their contracts in 2025, while the others either see their deals expire in 2026 or later in 2027 at the latest.

The Killers came up big (@TomWellsLSF)
It seems like every video of The Killers (yes, I am a fan) did something really awesome at the O2 Arena after England downed the Netherlands. Who couldn’t use a little “Mr. Brightside” in their day? (Let’s see if this snippet sticks): In lieu of a longer video, here is a German policeman, who looks like Gareth Southgate:
Bavarian Podcast Works — Weekend Warm-up Show: Season 3, Episode 52 (Bavarian Football Works)
With Germany out of the EUROs, Bayern Munich’s activity is heating up in a big way.
Transfer signings, transfer rumors, and everything in between is hitting the news cycle, but what is going on with Bayern Munich is so much more than all of that.
This is truly a new era at the club and within two years, this team could be completely unrecognizable. Is that a good thing? Was it needed? Let’s talk about that and more on this edition of the Bavarian Podcast Works — Weekend Warm-up Show. Check out what we have on tap:

We’ve heard the back and forth on negativity toward Bayern Munich, but let’s talk about why some fans are not feeling uber confident in how things are going.
Is it time to start worrying about Harry Kane? He looks zapped for England and is settling into playing the same kind of facilitator role that earned him a little ire at Bayern Munich.
Checking in on the latest transfer rumors surrounding Alphonso Davies, Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, and Serge Gnabry.

United open to loan of Sancho for 2024/25 (La Stampa via
It sure seems like Jadon Sancho and Manchester United need to split permanently, but if that does not happen (and it probably will not), the Red Devils are open to loaning Sancho away again. Sancho did a stint with Borussia Dortmund last season:
Having seen permanent transfer offers hard to come by, Man Utd are now prepared to entertain the idea of loaning Jadon Sancho out for the 2024/25 season.

Madrid wants to re-up Mendy (Madrid Universal)
Real Madrid could be looking to extend the contract of Ferland Mendy rather than make a pursuit of Bayern Munich star Alphonso Davies:

Amidst all the talks of Real Madrid and their pursuit of Alphonso Davies, the situation of Ferland Mendy has become a matter of intrigue.
Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has made no secret of his admiration for the French defender, often calling him the best defensive full-back in the world.
As such, it has been constantly reported that the Italian would prefer to retain the 29-year-old, irrespective of how the pursuit of Davies pans out.
But Mendy’s contract expires in 2025 and it has been reported that the Los Blancos’ board might not be in favour of a renewal and could sell him as both he and Davies cannot remain at the club.
Now, though, the situation seems to have flipped completely as MARCA reports that Real Madrid have made it a priority to tie Ferland Mendy down to a new contract.
A new contract proposal is already on the table and, although there is no agreement, there is harmony between the two parties and a desire to reach an agreement before the club season kicks off with the European Super Cup.

Bavarian Podcast Works — Flagship Show: Season 6, Episode 53 (Bavarian Football Works)
Bayern Munich is now at the forefront of Bavarian Podcast Works once more as Germany is out of the EUROs. We discuss Bayern transfers, Germany’s exit and more in this episode:

Did Julian Nagelsmann make the right calls against Spain?
What were some problems Germany faced against Spain?
Michael Olise has been given a contract till 2029. Is that the right move?
Is Joào Palhinha finally on his way to Bayern?
How is Bayern’s midfield going to look next season?
Is Bayern’s youth academy already successful?
Is the “Red-Bullification” of Bayern really necessary?
Is Alphonso Davies set to leave Bayern?
Should Bayern keep Joshua Kimmich?
Thoughts on refereeing decisions and the involvement of VAR.

Sky personality thinks Kane could be hurt (Sport Bible)
England national team fans have been up-in-arms regarding a problem that did plague Bayern Munich at times during the 2023/24 season — Harry Kane is not always up-in-the-play like he needs to be.
Sky personality Rob Dorsett thinks Kane is hurt:

There have been calls to drop Kane from the starting XI to face the Netherlands but Sky Sports reporter Rob Dorsett reports his place in the team is not under threat.
He also claimed that Kane is still struggling with a back injury that could explain his troubles in front of goal.
“He will play, he will start, it’s almost a non-issue,” he told Sky Sports. “But it hints at some of the problems England are experiencing. So many times Bukayo Saka got behind his full-back against Switzerland and put some good low crosses in only for Harry Kane not to be up with play.
“He’s not fully fit, I don’t care what he says. I’ve said it all tournament long and even before the tournament. That back problem that dogged the end of his domestic season has dragged on into this tournament. Whilst he’s able to play, he’s just not as sharp as he has been all season. That is a concern for England and Gareth Southgate.”

Chiesa available for €23.7M? (Fabrizio Romano via
Federico Chiesa is allowed to leave Juventus this summer and the asking price is not all that crazy. The 26-year-old — allegedly — has a price tag of €23.7 million:
Chiesa has been given the green light to leave Juventus this summer for a fee of just over £20m plus add-ons.
Gazzetta dello Sport (via is reporting that Chelsea FC, Liverpool FC, and Manchester United are all possible destinations for Chiesa:
Man Utd are one of three clubs interested in signing Federico Chiesa from Juventus, with Chelsea and Liverpool monitoring his situation too. Chiesa is expected to leave Juve this summer for a fee just north of £20m.

Bavarian Podcast Works — Postgame Show: Spain 2-1 Germany (Bavarian Football Works)
Germany and Spain hooked for a heavyweight battle in the EURO 2024 quarterfinals.
It was the rare game that truly lived up to the anticipation, intensity, and energy that you would expect to see — and Spain outlasted Germany for a devastating 2-1 loss for the Germans. The game featured questioned lineup selections, incredible amounts of energy and intensity, and a tangible tension that was present throughout.
In short, it was not just a match, but an experience. Here is a look at what we have on tap to break it all down on the Bavarian Podcast Works — Postgame Show:

A look at Julian Nagelsmann’s starting XI for Germany and why it was considered to be so controversial.
Nagelsmann’s penchant for tinkering is still his biggest weakness.
A rundown of the scoring and substitutions.
Joshua Kimmich is a clutch player in every sense.
What a crushing way to lose.
Bottom line, Germany didn’t finish its chances.
What did we learn from this Germany run?
Where does Germany go from here?

Coutinho heads back to Brazil (@FabrizioRomano)
Former Bayern Munich attacker Philippe Coutinho is headed back to Brazil to play for Vasco da Gama:

⚪️⚫️ Philippe Coutinho completes loan move to Vasco da Gama from Aston Villa. “It’s a feeling of great happiness. I lived abroad for a long time, so it really is a feeling of coming home, to the place where I grew up, to the place I love, the club I love”, Coutinho says. — Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) July 10, 2024

BVB goes full BVB (@BVB)
Well, this is one way to say something might be amiss with VfB Stuttgart attacker Serhou Guirassy:

Während einer medizinischen Untersuchung von Serhou Guirassy wurde eine Verletzung festgestellt, die einer weiteren Abklärung bedarf. — Borussia Dortmund (@BVB) July 10, 2024

During a medical examination of Serhou Guirassy, ​​an injury was discovered that requires further investigation.
We don’t know exactly what is going on, but this was a weird way to say things have hit a bit of a roadblock.

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