Manchester City to Rival Barcelona for Signature of Bayern Munich Ace Kimmich

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola is preparing to dip into his former club Bayern, in order to secure the services of versatile fullback Joshua Kimmich, despite interest from Barcelona.

According to ??Bild, Guardiola is willing to shell out up to £44m in order to bring the German International in, even with the recent acquisitions of Kyle Walker and Danilo in the summer.

?However, despite reports of City’s interest, Bayern seem less than keen on making a deal for Kimmich – seemingly the long term replacement for Philip Lahm – and would only consider a fee far in excess of the £44m on offer.

Bayern Sporting Director Michael Reschke claimed: “Joshua has a much higher transfer value and I believe that Bayern wouldn’t give Jo up even for £50m.”

It’s not hard to see why Bayern are seemingly reluctant to sell Kimmich. The 22 year old’s start to life at the Bavarians has been nothing short of sensational, registering three goals and six assists in 16 games. 

Kimmich at the moment is displaying form reminiscent of his predecessor Philip Lahm and opposite David Alaba.

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The young star knows Pep Guardiola well from the Spaniards time as Bayern Manager and is very keen on him as a person, but it looks likely that they wont be teaming up any time soon. it would take a serious offer to tempt Bayern to consider parting with such a prospect.

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Bayern CEO Disrespects Celtic by Claiming Injured Lewandowski Would Be Risked Against Real Instead

?Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has made a low-key insult towards Celtic on the eve of their Champions League clash by claiming injured star Robert Lewandowski might have been risked had they been facing a team like Real Madrid instead.

The Polish striker was substituted against RB Leipzig with a thigh injury over the weekend, and has not travelled to Celtic Park for matchday four – as confirmed by the club, via their official website.

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Interim boss Jupp Heynckes isn’t taking any chances over the 29-year-old, who is no doubt going to be key to the Bavarians’ potential successes this season.

Heynckes had to play down some arrogant comments made by Rummenigge in the build up to the clash that, “If we had played against Real Madrid, he might have gone”, as quoted by ?Kicker. 

Whether he meant it not, he has basically said that Celtic aren’t high enough quality opposition for them to consider risking one of their star players.

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“The coach does not want to risk anything as Saturday’s game [against Borussia Dortmund], which is very important for us, is in the back of his mind,” Rummenigge explained.

Heynckes added, as quoted by Scottish publication ?EveningTimes: “Rummenigge was a world class footballer and a professional and he has his own opinions. But I have always protected my team and with Lewandowski not fit it would make no sense for him to have travelled over to tomorrow’s game.”


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It’s safe to say the CEO’s comments have ruffled a few feathers, and Hoops fans are now clamouring to see their underdog side get one over on the German giants, who are plagued by other injuries at the moment to Juan Bernat, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller and Franck Ribery.

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Bayern Munich Hitting Form at the Right Time as Borussia Dortmund Train Begins to Chug

?Bayern Munich’s resurgence under Jupp Heynckes could not have come at a better time as title rivals Borussia Dortmund begin to stutter after a blistering start to the season. 

Before the weekend fixtures played out, many believed that Hannover 96 versus Borussia Dortmund would be a simple task for der BVB and that Bayern Munich’s game against Leipzig would be anything but simple, however the majority of us were mistaken as roles were reversed. 

BVB slumped to their second defeat of the season against a newly promoted Hannover side who on the day deserved the victory, while later on that same day Bayern cruised past a Leipzig side which were a shadow of the team that dismantled Dortmund two weeks ago.

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For der BVB, their season began to unravel back in September. While everything seemed rosy for them in the league, the Champions League match against Spurs seemed to showcase the best way in which to defeat the Schwarze-Gelbe. Against a Spurs team low on confidence and in new surroundings, Dortmund took the initiative but soon their style of play backfired. Upcoming opponents studied the game and saw that the way to defeat Dortmund was to play on the counter-attack. 

With Bosz’s style of play, the majority of the team enters the opposition half, leaving only the two centre halves and the goalkeeper to defend against any counter attacks. Defensive blunders and goalkeeping errors have not helped Dortmund along the way, but it is clear to see that what many thought was a flawless system at the beginning of the season seems to be anything but flawless at the minute. The home loss to Leipzig was a perfect example of this, which was Dortmund’s first league defeat at home in 41 competitive games, an incredible record. 

However, some hope was given during the week against a third tier Magdeburg side, which Dortmund were expected to win. However, the weekend loss to Hannover and the manner of how they lost, with another goalkeeping error to give away a penalty and another sending off in Dan Axel-Zagadou, to put alongside Sokratis’ red card against Leipzig two weeks prior, means that Dortmund find themselves in somewhat of a slump.

And things don’t get easier for them, with the visit of a resurgent Bayern on Saturday evening and the thought of a six point gap opening if they were defeated, der BVB are in need of a big win to reignite their season which promised so much only a few weeks ago.

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As for Bayern, well things couldn’t get any better for the Bavarian’s. They are back on the summit of the Bundesliga, three clean sheets in a row and their top players are hitting form at the right moment and it seems Bayern will be favorites for the title once again this season. The sacking of Carlo Ancelotti was not a massive shock to the world of football. 

The aftermath of the sacking was very interesting however, mostly down to the actions of the players not only on the pitch but off it as well. Along with the step up in performances and results, a quote from a certain top player at the club stating that training was mundane and that they didn’t enjoy what their coach had to offer was somewhat of a surprise given the man in charge, not forgetting that this man had won Champions Leagues and titles in many leagues across Europe.  

The Daily Mail, reported Thomas Muller’s quotes which were very interesting to read.

“We will have a good training again”, said Muller. 

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The use of the word again is a sly dig at his old boss who he claimed should not be a scapegoat for the poor results, but the truth points towards the contrary. 

A fresh start was needed and so they brought back a familiar face to install a happiness around the camp and to show the world what Bayern are really capable of, this man was Jupp  Heynckes, He is loved by all at Bayern, mostly down to his incredible 2013 season in which Bayern won the treble. 

Not only that, but the players love the manager and that is important. They trust the manager, which is one thing that they didn’t have in Ancelotti by the end of his era as manager. As for Bayern now, they face an out of favor Dortmund side who haven’t won a Bundesliga match since September. 

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The match up at the weekend will be fascinating to watch, many questions come to mind of what will happen, will Bosz change his style of play to accommodate Bayern or will they try and match them like they did unsuccessfully to Real Madrid and Leipzig? Will Bayern continue their good form under Heynckes? We will find out on Saturday at 5.30pm. 

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Liverpool Handed Boost in Race for RB Leipzig Star Timo Werner After Bayern Ruled Out

?Liverpool have been linked with a move for RB Leipzig forward Timo Werner after Bayern Munich were ruled out by the club’s president.

?The Mirror have reported that the German international could make a switch to the Premier League with Jurgen Klopp searching for a striker.

Bundesliga champions Bayern had been considered favourites to secure Werner’s signature, but Leipzig president Oliver Mintzlaff has dismissed the rumours.

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“We had a pleasant lunch and dinner with FC Bayern, with Mr Rummenigge and Mr Hoeness. We talked about everything,” Mintzlaff told German broadcaster ?Sport 1.

“But we did not talk about Timo Werner. Therefore there is no enquiry or offer.”

The 21-year-old has made an impressive start to the season, scoring six goals in nine games having found the net 21 times in all competitions last season.

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Asked earlier this month if a move to the Premier League would interest him, Werner said: “Yes, for sure. I would say the Italian or the French league is not my thing. I don’t see me there right now.

“I would feel good to play in one of the other great leagues, not only because of the football, but the cities as well.

“Of course, you want to win titles and trophies. I do not know if that will happen with RB Leipzig. We definitely work hard on that and I think, this season, the chances are good in the cup and the league.

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“But that means a lot of hard work and if we can reach that with Leipzig it would be great. If it happens at some time with another club, that’s ok for me, too.”

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Bayern Munich Star Robert Lewandowski Suggests German Giants Aren’t Doing Enough to Help Him

The Bavarian juggernaut continues to rumble on under the guidance of newly appointed manager Jupp Heynckes, but there still seems to be issues at Bayern Munich concerning Robert Lewandowski. 

The talented Polish international was substituted just before half time of Saturday’s crucial 2-0 Bundesliga victory over rivals Red Bull Leipzig with a minor injury after he had given his side an unassailable lead. 

Reported in German publication Bild (via the Sun), the prolific striker put in to question the club’s transfer policy and even suggested that the German champions need to sign new players as they are over reliant on him. 

The former Borussia Dortmund forward, who has been in tremendous form for both club and country, scoring on average a goal a game, said: “This season it’s really hard for me.

“I have played for Bayern and the national team every three days from the beginning. But no player can play 90 minutes in every game of a season.”

The lack of available options seems a concern for Lewandowski, especially with the heavy workload and expectations that are being placed firmly on his shoulders by both club and country. 

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Lewandowski was withdrawn early from this encounter initially for precautionary reasons, but it has now been confirmed that he will miss with the huge Champions League encounter with Celtic in Glasgow on Tuesday night

He added: “For me, Glasgow is just as important as the next Bundesliga game against Borussia Dortmund.

“We have to win. I didn’t want to take any risks on Saturday – it felt like cramp. It isn’t too bad.”

Bayern Munich head in to a crucial set of fixtures in decent form, initially minus their star man and with the Polish striker a little concerned as to whether the dearth of quality of the club’s squad could hinder their overall chances to obtain multiple pieces of silverware this season.

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