Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich’s justification for moving to Sasa Kalajdzic; Cristiano Ronaldo to AS Roma; Bayern points to the FC Barcelona phenomenon; Lionel Messi fails to hire Sadio Mané for PSG; Swap Manchester United-Barça? and more!


By now, you’ve seen the stories claiming that Bayern Munich are no longer in the market for VfB Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic.

In trying to work out how things seemingly went from scorching hot to freezing cold, it seems like there could be a simple answer: After some analysis and investigation, Bayern Munich don’t think Kalajdzic can fill Robert Lewandowski’s boots. like the team. center forward:

For coach Julian Nagelsmann, the attacker would only have been considered as a substitute if Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting had been fired. However, he wants to stay, as his adviser Roger Wittmann recently confirmed. In general, the bosses of the club are still looking for a nine of the highest quality before a possible departure of Lewandowski.

It would certainly be interesting to surround Kalajdzic with the plethora of Bayern Munich attackers. With lots of speed and creativity, but not much height, Kalajdzic would offer a different look for the Bavarians, but there are a few things the club don’t trust about the Austrian’s game.


Are Bayern Munich closing in on 16-year-old FC Barcelona phenom Adam Anzou?

Talented 16-year-old La Masia graduate Adam Aznou is set to leave Barcelona for a move to Germany, according to AS via Mundo Deportivo. Aznou, a left back with a vocation for fast attack, is one of the jewels in the La Masia ranks. The young winger played for Barcelona Cadete A in the 2021/22 season and made a great impression. Many within the club see Aznou as a natural successor to Jordi Alba in the near future.

Barcelona’s future plans to integrate Aznou into Juvenil B have been put on hold, since the player’s family considers Barça’s financial offer insufficient. They have set their sights abroad, and offers from Germany are being considered.

According to the latest Mundo Deportivo report, Bayern Munich are Aznou’s favourites, having beaten out other contenders including Borussia Dortmund, Bayer Leverkusen, Juventus and Benfica. By moving to Germany, Aznou would follow in the footsteps of his La Masia teammate Iker Bravo, who joined Bayer Leverkusen last summer.

This is crazy… FC Barcelona reportedly offered Manchester United a swap deal involving Frenkie de Jong and Harry Maguire:

Manchester United apparently turned down a mega trade. According to The Sun, FC Barcelona wanted to sell Frenkie de Jong to the Red Devils in exchange for Harry Maguire. But the new Manchester coach, Erik ten Hag, wants to continue working with the controversial centre-back, little loved by the fans.

Instead, both clubs are now negotiating a fee for De Jong. The Dutchman is said to cost around 80 million euros. Around 64 million euros should flow immediately, the rest will follow through bonus payments.

Until recently, the two clubs were far from each other, but talks resumed over the weekend. Sportsmail reports that a breakthrough has been made in the negotiations. Manchester are hopeful a decision will be made quickly, with De Jong flying with the team to Thailand and Australia at the end of next week, according to The Sun. According to Sport, the change should take place before June 30.

(With Chuck out of pocket for a few days, Samrin stepped in to host the warm-up weekend and did so with aplomb. Chuck returns next week for the season 1 finale!)

Bayern Munich made a big move official this week with the addition of Sadio Mané from Liverpool. The Robert Lewandowski saga, though perhaps in the background, is by no means over. Both players appear on today’s playlist:

  • How Mané shows Bayern showing his status as a destination club
  • Why Lewandowski might be forced to stay after all
  • Saša Kalajdžić rumors and how they relate to Lewandowski
  • Do fans have short memories? Why Brazzo needs to keep the good times rolling
  • How Laimer’s signing could cause Julian Nagelsmann headaches

It appears that Paris Saint-Germain star Lionel Messi was called into action to play the role of recruiter for Sadio Mané. Unfortunately, Mané had already done his thing to join Bayern Munich:

But the winger could have pushed to move away from Anfield earlier and Messi urged him to do so. The striker, who was in talks to extend his contract at Barcelona at the time, wanted to lead the line with Mane at Camp Nou and let the club know who he believed the club should pursue in the transfer window.

Mane’s adviser, Bacary Cissé, spoke about who approached his client, revealing that PSG also held talks with the club before Bayern’s move. He told RMC Sport: “Yes, PSG really ‘attacked’ Sadio. Leonardo had several contacts with the German agent. They saw each other, discussed the ins and outs of a possible transfer of Sadio to PSG, but that’s where it ended. Everyone knows that Leonardo was in an ejection seat; we had to wait. The past year also could have happened with the FC Barcelona. It was Lionel Messi who imposed Sadio Mané in the operation when it came to his extension to Barça. He had given two names: Sadio Mané and an Argentine center-back”.

Former Bayern Munich striker Mario Gomez said he can understand why Robert Lewandowski was upset that the club had talks with Erling Haaland:

Is AS Roma looking to bring Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo back to Italy? At least one report says that José Mourinho would like that to happen:

Is superstar Cristiano Ronaldo about to leave Manchester United after just one season? There must be multiple stakeholders. One of them is called AS Roma, according to Fabio Petruzzi, who spoke to Italian radio station Retesport. With the Italians, Ronaldo would meet his former Real Time coach, José Mourinho.

Petruzzi himself played for the capital club for eleven years and is said to have learned that the club would like to convince the superstar of a transfer. While Ronaldo is apparently not for sale at the Red Devils, the player wants to leave Manchester due to the Red Devils’ lack of activity on the transfer market, reports Portuguese Record.

The 37-year-old can go home. According to the Sun on Sunday, those responsible for the former club Sporting Lisbon believe that Ronaldo is considering his return. In addition, the Portuguese is associated with Chelsea and even Bayern Munich. However, SPORT1 knows that Bayern bosses have rejected a Ronaldo trade.

For the first time ever, BFW is doing a three person show! Hasan Salihamidzic has been a perennial subject of controversy at Bayern Munich and with his contract set to expire next season we decided to delve into his background and what he has achieved in his tenure as sporting director. With the Sadio Mané saga fresh on everyone’s minds, it seemed like a good time to finally tackle this topic.

In this episode INNN, Tom and Schnitzel discuss:

  • Our initial thoughts on Brazzo and how he has run his business at Bayern Munich.
  • Does Brazzo deserve the criticism he gets for not extending certain contracts?
  • Speaking of communication problems at Bayern, especially the Robert Lewandowski saga.
  • The Niklas Sule incident: what happened there? Going through everything, from top to bottom.
  • Review of Herbert Hainer and Oliver Kahn. How much of his failings is attributed to Brazzo?
  • INNN tries to find some trading points for Brazzo. Perhaps he learned lessons from him this season?
  • What happened between Hansi Flick and Brazzo?
  • Final question: Has Brazzo won his contract extension yet? What else should he do? (The arguments follow…)