I went on one simple vacation and the whole direction of Bayern Munich’s future changed dramatically.
Before I left for Disney World, Robert Lewandowski was not yet officially a member of FC Barcelona, Matisse de Ligt was still a Dutchman in Italy, Chris Richards hoped to break into Bavaria, and Matisse Tal was a French kid with potential.
Moreover, we couldn’t even get a peek at what the 2022/23 edition of Bayern Munich led by Julian Nagelsmann might look like.
Now that my brain has been hit by the sun and some trips, should I go back and process all of this?
Anyway, as I try to put all of this together (I feel like I’m in a tough spot right now), I’m sure some crazy ideas will start brewing in my mind, so look for those soon. A big thank you to all the BFW people for covering me too.
I think it’s time to get back to covering this team from top to bottom…let’s do it!
There are conflicting reports circulating that Arsenal might want to acquire Bayern Munich star Leroy Sane:
Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano said Arsenal is not in negotiations to sign Bayern Munich winger Leroy Sane. The 26-year-old has been linked with a move to the Emirates, and while Romano believes his situation could be something to watch closely in August, the journalist told GIVEMESPORT that Bayern’s current plan is to keep him.
According to Bild (via Mundo Deportivo), Arsenal are interested in signing Sane as Mikel Arteta looks to broadly enhance his options. Ravenha was thought to be the Spaniard’s primary target on the winger, but Arsenal were unable to agree a fee with Leeds United and the 25-year-old has since gone on to join Barcelona.
He leaves Arsenal now having to consider other options such as Sané.
To be sure, this report doesn’t quite make it clear that Arsenal would be willing to beat Sane, but one thing is starting to become clear: The Germany international could struggle to break into Julian Nagelsmann’s squad. With Thomas Muller, Sadio Mane, Kingsley Coman, Serge Gnabry, Jamal Musiala, Gabriel Vidovic and Paul Wanner among the attacking options that Nagelsmann has at his disposal, Sane’s place in the squad is far from safe,
The recent news that Wanner is likely to have a look at the left winger presents another potential hurdle for Sani, who has been doing well since his move from Manchester City, but has not lived up to the expectations that have been placed on him.
It seems unlikely that Bayern Munich will be willing to sell Sane yet, but it is also hard to imagine the 26-year-old would be happy if he were relegated to a backup role in the squad.
Bayern Munich has had some big wins in the transfer market in terms of buying and selling. Several important events have taken place this week and we are considering some of them in this podcast.
Here’s what we have for this episode:
- Thinking about Robert Lewandowski’s transfer and departure
- Discussing Robert Lewandowski’s legacy at Bayern
- Will Bayern change his style of play because of Lewandowski’s departure?
- Where will the goals come from?
- Lewandowski’s place in world football
- The arrival of Matthijs de Ligt! What does this mean for Bayern’s defense?
- Who will be the new commander of the defense?
- Leon Goretzka is injured! What will Bayern do in this case?
- Serge Gnabry runs! Does the decision to keep it make sense?
- Why the German Football Association fined Bayern and Bochum for flare-ups in the stands makes sense
- A note on Bayern Munich spending this summer
- Reflections on the possible transfer of Konrad Laimer
- Small spoiler about Better Call Saul 🙂
Prior to his move from Juventus to Bayern Munich, Matthijs de Ligt made a serious inquiry from Tottenham Hotspur:
Tottenham Hotspur have spoken to Juventus to see if a Matthijs de Ligt deal would be possible before his move to Bayern Munich, according to a report by Calciomercato. De Ligt has made one of the most amazing window moves to date. The Dutchman joined Bayern Munich in a £68m deal after three years in Turin.
The 22-year-old hasn’t always had the best time with Juventus following his move from Ajax. But there is absolutely no doubt that he is one of the most talented young defenders at the moment. And it looks like there has been some interest in bringing him to the Premier League this summer. Fabio Paratesi has known de Ligt since his time with Juventus.
I’ll just say it – with Erling Haaland – I think Manchester City under Pep Guardiola are the favorites for the Champions League. It doesn’t quite happen, but I think if Haaland Guardiola doesn’t get completely pissed off with his miserable play at times, this could be one of the really great teams in Europe this season.
Haaland seems to feel that way too and loves his partnership with Jack Grealish.
Jack is a partnership… you two work together. I understood you?
Whatever the case, that’s what Haaland said.
“It was really good. It’s good to start again [after going] Without playing football, so it feels good. As you probably know, I’ve been watching a lot of City matches over the past years and they were without a striker. “Of course, I’d see myself in such situations, so I wasn’t surprised,” Haaland said. “(Grealish) is good. He has to get better and I have to get better, but this is a good connection and I like the atmosphere around it, so it will be fun.”
Haaland also said this about finally beating Bayern Munich (a win is a win…even in a friendly):
We are pleased to announce that Bavarian podcasters have been nominated for “Best Podcast Club” by World Soccer Talk.
That’s right (hopefully) your pet Bayern Munich The network podcast is available for an award. While we feel humbled and honored that we didn’t chase everyone away, we can use your help to secure the trophy. That’s right…you can vote! Help support BFW’s quest to be the best, by checking out this link and giving us a vote (or INNN will chase you): World Soccer Talk Awards – Best Podcast Club
Keep in mind that we didn’t nominate ourselves or anything like that for this award…someone like us!
We’ve put in a lot of hard work to help the podcast network grow and evolve over the years. We’d love to bring the gold home here and honestly haven’t been that excited about the competition since the Bundesliga was in its heyday. Voting closes at midnight EST on July 31, 2022 (direct link: https://worldsoccertalk.com/best-club-podcast-2022-world-soccer-talk-awards)
Only 7 days left, come on guys we can do it!
One of the names that Bayern Munich was associated with before Robert Lewandowski’s exit was Red Bull Salzburg striker Benjamin Shechko. Now, however, Manchester United seem keen on the youngster:
Manchester United are well acquainted with the talent of Salzburg, Benjamin Shechko. He’s one of the players to watch, and he’s considered “really talented” – but it’s not an imminent or advanced deal just yet. #MUFC
Man United are aware of Šeško and other clubs have also been informed, including Newcastle. pic.twitter.com/d5t1BUrc1W
– Fabrizio Romano 24 July 2022
Šeško is an interesting name that could appear in the future for Bayern Munich. The Slovenian has a combination of speed and skill that could make him a handful for years to come.
Robert Lewandowski and David Alaba got a chance to chat a bit during Barcelona’s 1-0 pre-season win over Real Madrid: