Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur vying for Borussia Gladbach’s Marcus Thuram; FC Barcelona wants BVB’s Youssoufa Moukoko; Luca Waldschmidt to Hoffenheim?; and MORE!

According to a report from Calciomercato, Bayern Munich want to outbid Arsenal FC, Chelsea FC and Tottenham Hotspur for Borussia Mönchengladbach striker Marcus Thuram:

Bayern Munich are ready to offer Marcus Thuram a €7m-per-season deal to sign for them, with Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham all considering a move. His contract with Borussia Mönchengladbach expires at the end of the season.

Reporter Nico Shira also had more information on Thuram’s pursuit:

#Gladbach prefer to sell Marcus #Thuram for 10 million euros at least in January, as they did with Zakaria last year, because they don’t want to lose him as a free agent. #Inter are working to try to sign him, although #BayernMunich already offers a 5-year contract but since July. #transfers

— Nicolò Schira (@NicoSchira) November 21, 2022

FC Barcelona seem to be very interested in Borussia Dortmund striker Youssoufa Moukoko:

According to the Spanish newspaper Sport, FC Barcelona is interested in a possible signing of Youssoufa Moukoko.

The contract situation of the Borussia Dortmund forward, who turned 18 on November 20, should therefore be closely monitored. Although the club considers a commitment to the salary structure “difficult, but not impossible if his desire to wear the Blaugrana is so great”, according to the Barcelona media.

As SPORT1 knows, talks are planned after the tournament. There is a good chance that Moukoko and his management will agree to a long-term cooperation with BVB. According to SPORT1, he has an offer from BVB for an annual salary of around five million euros.

This is a curious rumour, especially with Robert Lewandowski anchoring a lot of playing time up front with Barça. Moukoko, however, could be a good long-term option for a club that has plenty of young talent.

Hoffenheim could be a candidate to pick up Luca Waldschmidt from Wolfsburg. Waldschmidt, of course, has suffered a precipitous fall from grace. At one point, some thought he would be a key player in this year’s World Cup squad:

Will TSG Hoffenheim find what they are looking for in Wolfsburg for a new striker? The Kraichgauers are interested in Luca Waldschmidt, who probably has no future at Wolves under Niko Kovac. The 26-year-old is expected to fill the void in attack left by the injuries of Munas Dabbur and Ihlas Bebou.

Well here we go again. Another World Cup, and the same story for the German team. Even with Hansi Flick and a host of Bayern Munich players on the roster, Germany succumbed to Japan even after a fluke penalty gave them a first-half lead. Now it looks like this tournament could be another downfall for the Germans.

Here are our in-game talking points:

  • This loss is to Hansi Flick.
  • Speaking of the coach’s baffling lineup selection. Why didn’t Leon Goretzka start?
  • Where was Sulinho? What happened to Musiala? The problem of poor player performance.
  • The problems with offense and creativity against Japan.
  • Did the loss of Leroy Sane sink Germany?
  • What should Hansi Flick change against Spain?
  • Is Flick no longer the savior of Germany?
  • Our final thoughts on a few final topics: the new defence, Joshua Kimmich at right-back, goals from Thomas Muller and possible silver linings.

Non-league side AFC Crewe are getting in on the action, offering former Manchester United star Cristiano Ronaldo a contract:

We can confirm that the club have made an official approach to sign free agent Cristiano Ronaldo @Cristiano on a one-year deal. Should Cristiano accept the offer, he would become AFC Crewe’s highest-paid player on £35-a-week. pic.twitter.com/1i64sKb2W1

— AFC Crewe (@afc_crewe) November 22, 2022

Bayern Munich striker Kingsley Coman has become the latest Bayern Munich player to be injured at this World Cup as the Frenchman is suffering from muscle soreness.

L’Équipe reports that France’s Kingsley Coman (26) is suffering from muscle soreness and has therefore not taken part in the entirety of France’s training session today.

According to L’Équipe, Coman took part in the warm-up before returning to the dressing room. His absence from the collective training was expected, and the doctors in France are managing the problem. RMC Sport reports that Coman experienced muscle discomfort during Les Bleus’ friendly against Al-Markhiya of Qatar, which took place yesterday.

Source: Daily Schmankerl: Bayern Munich, Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur vying for Borussia Gladbach’s Marcus Thuram; FC Barcelona wants BVB’s Youssoufa Moukoko; Luca Waldschmidt to Hoffenheim?; and MORE!

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