Weekend Heat-up: Konrad Laimer to Bayern Munich is perhaps a performed deal; Germany vs. Spain ideas; World Cup predictions; Throwing it again to Ryan Bingham; Closing ideas on The Strolling Lifeless; and MORE!

One of many longest-running switch rumors at Bayern Munich has been the membership’s curiosity in RB Leipzig midfielder Konrad Laimer.

Laimer, who’s finest recognized for his potential to win balls and supply a gradual defensive presence, seems to need the transfer and the most recent studies point out that Bayern Munich is perhaps wanting to ink the Austrian to a deal shortly, which might enable him to switch this summer time as a free agent.

The newest bit of knowledge got here from Sport Bild’s Christian Falk and Tobi Altschäffl on their Bayern Insider Podcast (as captured by @iMiaSanMia):

Bayern are near finishing the free switch of Konrad Laimer for the summer time. The transfer is getting extra & extra concrete. Laimer has rejected affords from England in addition to a brand new deal at Leipzig. Bayern is his dream vacation spot.

If true, what does all of it imply? Let’s check out the probabilities:

If one is available in, does one other must exit? In that case, who?

With Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Marcel Sabitzer, and Ryan Gravenberch already in tow — plus Paul Wanner, who the membership would possibly or may not see as a No. 8-type of participant, it will appear that the acquisition of Laimer would possibly create a little bit of an even bigger logjam at a place the place Julian Nagelsmann has already had bother distributing enjoying time:

  • Kimmitch: He is not going wherever or seeing any enjoying time discount. Verdict: Stays (duh).
  • Goretzka: The Germany worldwide simply inked a brand new deal, but additionally appears to not be precisely what Nagelsmann needs from the place (when it comes to being Kimmich’s companion) when Kimmich is already a mainstay. It’s onerous to think about the 2 events splitting up any time quickly, however ought to Laimer usurp any of Goretzka’s enjoying time, it may be assumed that it’s going to not sit nicely with the previous Schalke 04 participant. Verdict: Stays, however this might have an hostile impact on Goretzka’s future quickly sufficient.
  • Sabitzer: Regardless of his very strong Hindeit will seem that this Austrian is about to play his last months on the Allianz Area. Verdict: Goes, Bayern Munich will attempt to promote him this upcoming summer time.
  • Gravenberch: Someway, the Dutch teen thought he was going to waltz into Sabener Straße and tackle lots of enjoying time. That has not occurred — and he has additionally let the membership know by the media that he’s not pleased about it. The shortage of enjoying time might need had an hostile impact on Gravenberch’s potential to make the World Cup staff for the Netherlands, which could have precipitated further bitterness as nicely. Whereas he’s younger and proficient, he’s additionally clearly sad. Including one other physique into the combo, albeit one who is taken into account extra protection than offensive, might add to the Dutchman’s discontent. Verdict: Stays, however might be offered after the 2023/24 season if he doesn’t see a transparent pathway to subject time by that time.
  • Need: The potential Austrian nationwide staff member has an abundance of potential, however it doesn’t look as if Bayern Munich has selected a place the place he’ll get to place that expertise on show. Wanner might be a No. 8…or a No. 10…or perhaps a wing. His skillset interprets to all of these spots. Including Laimer may not straight take minutes from Wanner (he at present will get virtually none anyway), however it’ll put one other physique right into a shortly crowding combine. Verdict: Goes (on a mortgage task the place he can get extra enjoying time, which might be nice for his growth).

Would Laimer begin or be a rotational participant?

It’s onerous to assume {that a} central midfield beginning tandem of Kimmich and Goretzka might be damaged up given how nicely they’ve performed collectively, however maybe Nagelsmann has a distinct imaginative and prescient for his midfield.

Laimer may be thought of a specialty participant used as an alternative to assist lock down video games together with his ball-winning and perhaps as a spot-starter who may help fill the void left by accidents and relaxation days.

A extra constant rotation would possibly really assist Kimmich cut back the profession mileage he’s placing on his physique.

In Abstract

It’s onerous to move up a proficient, free switch — particularly one who has a historical past with the supervisor and a skillset that’s not at present discovered on the roster. Sure, it will be a superb, savvy transfer at an ideal worth (free!). How that may all operate collectively on a roster, although, may not at all times been clean crusing for Nagelsmann to handle.

There wouldn’t appear to be any main roster actions on the place in the summertime of 2023, however there might be a longer-term fallout. At this level, it simply feels just like the deal will probably be occurring. I suppose that may be a kind of “good issues to have” kind of offers, eh?

Bavarian Podcast Works: Weekend Heat-up Podcast Season 2, Episode 21

Bayern Munich’s luck has been fairly horrible on the World Cup. For Germany, is has not been a lot better, both.

For each membership and nation, Citizen King’s 1999 tune “Higher Days” completely rings true (and yup, there could have been ample Thanksgiving beers consumed for me to do not forget that music).

Bayern Munich and Germany might use some new juju to alter up the best way issues have been going and we’ll see if we will discover some purpose to get the optimism rolling.

That is what now we have on faucet for this episode:

  • A take a look at what we will count on from a younger and hungry Spain staff in opposition to an inefficient and uncertain Germany squad.
  • Bayern’s rumored supply to Gladbach’s Marcus Thuram.
  • Might Bayern Munich actually expedite its pursuit of Florian Wirtz?
  • What Bayern Munich’s backline will appear like with out Lucas Hernandez.
  • Some last ideas on the collection finale of The Strolling Lifeless.

Tune of the Week: “Dylan’s Exhausting Rain” by Ryan Bingham

Launched in 2009, “Dylan’s Exhausting Rain” was one in all a string of superb songs by Ryan Bingham throughout that interval. Once more, I used to be turned on this one music throughout my early morning drives to work. Get pleasure from it — particularly for the inventive lyrics, that are simply sung so matter-of-factly that all of it simply meshes in an superior means:

Bingham’s general catalog could be very strong if this music piqued your curiosity.

Leisure Rundown

I watched the ultimate of The Strolling Lifeless and got here away from the episode annoyed and here is why:

  • It felt extraordinarily disingenuous to make use of the collection finale (of what was as soon as an ideal present) as a promotional platform for the spin-off exhibits. At this level, I do not care concerning the spin-offs, I simply needed to see some form of closure on the collection in a significant means. As a substitute, we received what amounted to a no purpose dying for Rosita and a hell of lots of opened plotlines.
  • There was by no means a doubt that the protagonists had been going to take Pamela down at The Commonwealth and escape the walker herd one final time. The present has been predictable for a very long time, however even with a pre-determined final result from the comics, the journey to attending to the top misplaced its means.
  • The Maggie-Negan “make-up” was a pleasant second (maybe unrealistic on this universe primarily based on the person histories of the characters), however it misplaced its that means as a result of it was simply used as a platform to advertise a brand new present.
  • Equally, Daryl fought tooth-and-nail during the last two seasons to maintain his folks secure and to win again Alexandria. Now, he’s simply going to take off and create new adventures…in Europe? It simply did not make sense. How the finale ended, it simply looks as if it was time for Daryl to take off the vest and settle in. As a substitute, he’s off searching for extra life-endangering adventures.
  • In abstract, the storyline surrounding The Commonwealth fell in need of expectations and the finale — to me — was disappointing. It was a little bit of a disservice to the actors who portrayed the characters and the followers who watched for thus lengthy. The present misplaced its true really feel a very long time in the past, however there was an opportunity at redemption — which sarcastically was a serious theme all through the present’s historical past. As a substitute, the present limped out the door like an outdated rotter rising from a vacated comfort retailer. It pains me to put in writing that as a result of at one level, this was a prime 5 present for me. These days, nonetheless, are lengthy gone.

Bavarian Podcast Works: Postgame Present — Germany 1-2 Japan

Nicely right here we go once more. One other World Cup, and the identical story for the German nationwide staff. Even with Hansi Flick and a complete host of Bayern Munich gamers on the roster, Germany have succumbed to Japan even after a fortuitous penalty gave them the lead within the first half. Now it seems to be like this event is perhaps one other write-off for the Germans.

Listed here are our speaking factors from the sport:

  • This loss is on Hansi Flick.
  • Discussing the baffling lineup choice from the coach. Why did not Leon Goretzka begin?
  • The place was Sulinho? What occurred to Musiala? The issue of underperforming gamers.
  • The problems with the offense and creativity versus Japan.
  • Did shedding Leroy Sane sink Germany?
  • What ought to Hansi Flick change versus Spain?
  • Is Flick now not the savior for Germany?
  • Our closing ideas on a last few subjects — the brand new protection, Joshua Kimmich at right-back, Thomas Muller objectives, and attainable silver linings.


I’ll begin by saying that I don’t imagine Spain is nearly as good as they seemed in opposition to Costa Rica and that Germany is just not as hapless as they seemed in opposition to Japan.

That stated, I have been thrown from the #GermanyCanDoThisBus and landed in #ThisTeamIsFd Discipline. Although Germany has the expertise to take down Spain and really nicely might make that occur, one thing doesn’t really feel proper in the mean time with this squad.

Prediction: (Bread) Spain 2-2 Germany

Different World Cup — Match Day 2 predictions embody:

  • Wales 2-1 Iran
  • Qatar 0-4 Senegal
  • Netherlands 2-0 Ecuador
  • England 3-1 United States
  • Tunisia 1-2 Australia
  • Poland 2-1 Saudi Arabia
  • France 3-0 Denmark
  • Argentina 2-2 Mexico
  • Japan 2-0 Costa Rica
  • Belgium 3-0 Morocco
  • Croatia 2-1 Canada
  • Cameroon 1-3 Serbia
  • South Korea 2-2 Ghana
  • Brazil 2-2 Switzerland
  • Portugal 2-1 Uruguay

Prediction Data

  • Final World Cup match day document: 11-5
  • Final Bundesliga match day document: 4-5
  • Total Bundesliga document: 64-69
  • DFL Supercup document: 1-0
  • DFB-Pokal document: 2-0
  • Champions League document: 5-1
  • World Cup document: 11-5
  • WWU general document: 83-77
  • Visitor predictions: 7-4

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