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Chelsea holding out hope for Lewy move (@cfbayern)
Chelsea FC knows the competitors in the landscape, but the club is still holding out hope that it can land Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski.
FC Barcelona seems to be Lewandowski’s first choice destination, while Paris Saint-Germain’s deep pockets could make the French club a lucrative stop on the Poland international’s career path.
Chelsea, however, wants to be a bigger player in the game for Lewandowski:
The word on the street is that Lewandowski’s wife Anna is not too keen on a move to England. Meanwhile, his ex-agent inferred that the striker does not want to go to the Premier League where he might not be as successful.
Does any of that matter? We might find out if FC Barcelona cannot put together an acceptable bid.
Marc Roca says Joshua Kimmich has been his ‘biggest supporter’ at Bayern Munich as he preps for Leeds United move
Marc Roca is getting ready to depart Bayern Munich for Leeds United in the Premier League this summer. The deal is worth €12 million plus add-ons and it will keep him at Leeds until 2026 after he spent two seasons at Bayern Munich after joining from Espanyol in October 2020.
Roca’s time at Bayern has not been covered in glory, but his fortunes have not at all been aided by the amount of injury setbacks he’s faced in Munich, not to mention having to adjust to a new manager in Julian Nagelsmann after Hansi Flick left to take the German national team job.
With such a packed midfield already at Bayern, Roca’s chances were few and far between despite his cavalier attitude to keep his head down and put in the work to try and earn his place in the team. Having to compete for minutes with Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Corentin Tolisso, Marcel Sabitzer, and Jamal Musiala is no easy task and the arrival of Ryan Gravenberch from AFC Ajax wouldn’t have made matters any better for the Spaniard.
Per a recent report from Leeds Live, Roca credits working alongside Kimmich at Bayern as one of the key factors that’s helped him be ready for his move to the Premier League. He referred to Bayern’s number 6 as his “biggest supporter.”
“There were a lot of players who helped me here. One of my biggest supporters is Joshua Kimmich. He’s playing at the same position as me, but he’s always there for me. When I came to Bayern, he took me aside and explained what was expected at this club and what I had to do,” Roca explained.
It’s no secret that Kimmich is slated to be the next bearer of the captain’s armband for both Bayern and Germany, and he would probably already be wearing it if it weren’t for the presence of both Thomas Muller and Manuel Neuer in both setups. Touching base on that same sentiment, Roca commented on what a leader Kimmich is in Bayern’s squad and touted him as one of the best players in the world right now. “Joshua is a great leader in our team. For me he’s one of the best players in the world. I love the mentality of this club. Every player wants to win every game. Every player wants to improve on a daily basis. No player rests on success. Every day at FC Bayern is a challenge. It’s impressive to train alongside all these superstars,” he said.
Report: The #ArpTrain has left the station for Bayern Munich
According to a report from Bild (as captured by Twitter account @iMiaSanMia), Bayern Munich and Fiete Arp have reached an agreement to part ways, which will allow the young German to return to Holstein Kiel.
The Bavarians will buy out the remainder of Arp’s contract and in return will receive a hefty sell-on clause, which could become a good thing if the youngster can ever rediscover the talent and mindset that once made him a much-heralded prospect:
Bayern and Jann-Fiete Arp have reached an agreement to terminate the player’s contract. The striker was under contract until 2023 — and not 2024 as previously thought. Bayern will pay Arp a compensation fee of €3 million.
In return of terminating the contract and allowing Arp to move to Holstein Kiel on a free transfer, Bayern have secured a 35% sell-on clause for the striker.
Arp’s career with Bayern Munich started off great with a strong preseason in 2019, but was quickly derailed by injuries, illnesses, and eventually a bout with a loss of confidence. In one of the more sad cases of “What if?”, Arp seems to be a player who just experienced a bit of “too much, too soon” and got swallowed up by football.
Barcelona weigh up a second offer worth over €40 million for Lewandowski
Liverpool’s capture of Darwin Nunez earlier this week could prove to be vital in Barcelona’s pursuit of Robert Lewandowski.
The Uruguayan’s arrival at Anfield has been followed up by reports suggesting Bayern Munich’s imminent capture of Sadio Mane, which, in turn, could pave the way for the Bavarians to sanction the sale of Lewandowski.
Barcelona have been heavily involved in the pursuit of the Polish hitman this summer, but they were dealt with a myriad of financial roadblocks.
A fresh report from German publication Sport1 has offered a further update on Lewandowski’s transfer saga, and it is suggested Barcelona are increasingly confident of snapping up the experienced forward by next week.
Barcelona had initially tabled their opening offer of around €32 million with an additional €5 million in bonuses. But it was swiftly rejected by Bayern Munich, who are holding out for a higher fee for the services of their star striker.
Update: Bayern Munich’s Joshua Zirkzee not interested in back-up role
Update: 10:40PM EST — Zirkzee doesn’t want to be an apprentice any longer
According to Sport1, Bayern Munich striker Joshua Zirkzee does not view being a back-up as an attractive option for this upcoming season:
According to SPORT1 information, those responsible for Bayern around Salihamidzic want to give him another chance of probation in the preparation. How Nagelsmann plans with him is not yet known. (REPORT: Zirkzee still hoping for a breakthrough at Bayern)
Zirkzee himself is primarily concerned with his future planning about match practice, a role as a back-up is actually not in his interest – which makes a future with the top-class Munich team seem rather difficult to imagine.
Possible buyers for the 21-year-old are VfB Stuttgart (in the event that Sasa Kalajdzic leaves) and Ajax Amsterdam (in the event that Sébastien Haller leaves). The only thing that is clear so far is that there will be no quick decision in the Zirkzee cause.
VfB Stuttgart have expressed their interest in signing Bayern Munich’s Joshua Zirkzee. It won’t be a simple process though. The Dutch striker won’t leave easily since he needs to wait on the conclusion of others in that same position. Basically, his future depends on what will happen with Lewandowski this summer, as well as if Bayern signs another player in his position.
The Dutch striker just spent a season on loan with RSC Anderlecht and had a successful stint scoring 15 goals and eight assists in the league. The 21-year-old talent is valued at just over 10 million euros and would be a great sale for the Bavarians if they can get the right price. Zirkzee hasn’t developed the way they anticipated but could still be worth a few bucks.
A sale is probably best for both parties, but of course, Lewandowski’s future is what the entire deal would rely upon. It’s still hard to predict what might happen there. Clearly, Zirkzee’s season on loan has done good for the Dutch striker.
Is Joshua Kimmich turning into Anakin Skywalker at Bayern Munich?
According to a report form Sport Bild, Joshua Kimmich is growing more powerful at Bayern Munich — perhaps, so much that he could be worrying some observers about how he is attaining this newfound strength…
Let’s take a look at how Kimmich’s relationship with Darth Sidious…err, Julian Nagelsmann is starting to turn the midfielder into something more powerful than he ever imagined (as captured by @iMiaSanMia):
Joshua Kimmich is set to have more power within the team and at the club and become an even more important player on and off the pitch in the coming season. Kimmich and Nagelsmann are in regular contact even during the summer break.
— Okay, so the Anakin-Palpatine/Sidious vibes are kind of there.
Nagelsmann believes that Kimmich is a top level player but is still working with him to improve some points such as winning the ball back, counter-pressing and combination passing in the final third.
— Hmmm…so Nagelsmann is planning on showing Kimmich how to get even more out of his natural abilities, you say?
Next season, Kimmich will be a focal point and lead the team. Nagelsmann exchanges with Kimmich about his plans, which the player appreciates as he wants to have a coach with a plan and ideas. Kimmich was internally critical of previous coaches Kovac and Ancelotti.
— Kimmich wants more? And he wants a leader who can not only take his needs into consideration, but who is also more driven to succeed than those options presented to him previously?
Within the team, it is said that Kimmich’s contact with Nagelsmann is even closer than the two captains — Manuel Neuer and Thomas Müller
— Obi-Wan Müller and Qui-Gon Neuer are failing their young Padawan, aren’t they?
Well, that’s it…I am convinced that Kimmich is following the same path as Anakin Skywalker.
Seriously, though, Kimmich is positioning himself to lead the next generation. He truly was “The Chosen One” by the Bayern Munich board and is the keystone figure of club that will link the previous generation with the next group of stars.
So, what will his reaction be if Robert Lewandowski leaves this summer? I think we all have an idea…
Sadio Mane told why he can’t perform Liverpool U-turn and must join Bayern Munich by current boss
Sadio Mane will “feel the best” at Bayern Munich and has been told why he must push to leave Liverpool this summer by Senegal boss, Aliou Cisse.
The Reds ace, 30, has reportedly made it known he is seeking a new challenge this summer. Mane has been everything Liverpool fans could’ve hoped for and more. Indeed, if his Anfield tenure does conclude at the six-year mark, he has already cemented his place as a modern-day Liverpool great.
The Reds appear to have moved swiftly to sign a suitable replacement in the forward line.
A move for Benfica’s Darwin Nunez is in its final stages. The Uruguayan underwent his medical today (Monday) and Benfica have already confirmed the move in an official statement.
Nunez’s arrival will soften the blow of losing Mane. The Reds reportedly want £42.5m for his signature, though primary contender Bayern Munich have tried Liverpool’s patience with their opening offers.
Indeed, they have seen two bids rejected with the second totalling just £30m. What reportedly angered the Reds was the fact around £9m of the value was related to scarcely attainable add-ons.
Regardless, Bayern are poised to table a third bid and Mane’s boss at international level, Aliou Cisse, has implored his star man to leave Merseyside as soon as possible.
His reasoning stems from his desire for Senegal to have a strong showing at the Qatar World Cup.
The showpiece event will kick off in November and is already less than six months away. Cisse explained why Mane will thrive in Munich and urged him to wrap up an exit for the benefit of his World Cup ambitions.
“He will feel the best at Bayern”
“It’s not just Sadio,” said Cisse (via the Sun). “I’m going to talk about it for all those players who are in a situation where they have to find a club. It’s complicated.
“Why? Because it is all this problem that awaits us for the World Cup which is in November.
“And I tell my boys to try to settle the contract problems so that when their respective championships resume, they will have already found a base. I heard about Sadio at Bayern.
Man City’s Pep Guardiola thinks Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski would be a good fit at FC Barcelona
Robert Lewandowski has made it clear he no longer wants to play for Bayern Munich. There is no questioning it. Barcelona, however, currently isn’t in a position where they’d be able to afford signing him, as they would need to sell players to make that a possibility. Selling players for enough money to get Lewandowski isn’t guaranteed, though, and they face a race against time as we enter the summer transfer window.
Semantics regarding an actual transfer to Barcelona aside, current Manchester City and former Bayern manager Pep Guardiola recently said that he feels the Polish striker would be a good fit at the Catalan club. “I have no idea, to be honest, but would he be a good fit? We are talking about Lewandowski,” Guardiola said at a press conference for the Puma Legends Tournament in Mallorca, Spain when he was asked about Bayern’s number 9 (Marca).
Barcelona recently signed Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang from Arsenal and Ferran Torres from Manchester City. They also have both Memphis Depay and Ansu Fati in their ranks in attack, but Lewandowski is the type of striker they are looking for despite already having depth up front. None of those players will be particularly thrilled at the prospect of losing minutes to Lewandowski’s potential arrival at the club, either.
There would also be a huge shift in playing styles for Lewandowski if and when he winds up going to Barcelona, whether it’s this summer or next. The Bundesliga is an entirely different league than La Liga, but it’s recently come out that Lewandowski had been critical of Bayern’s playing style under Julian Nagelsmann, for which the new manager was not too pleased. Despite this, Guardiola said that he feels the striker would be a good fit at Barcelona under Xavi. “He would adapt perfectly well anywhere. But I don’t know if Barcelona can sign him because of their financial situation or if Bayern [Munich] will let him leave,” he explained.
Is Bayern Munich’s Hasan Salihamidzic eyeing multiple options for the attack?
In an interview with Bild am Sonntag (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic implied that the club could be looking at several options for the team’s attack for the 2022/23 season.
As of now, Bayern Munich has mostly been linked to Liverpool’s Sadio Mane and VfB Stuttgart’s Sasa Kalajdzic, but there have also been other names on the outskirts of the rumor including Napoli’s Piotr Zielinski and Victor Osimhen, Chelsea’s Romelu Lukaku, Manchester City’s Raheem Sterling, and VfB Stuttgart’s Borna Sosa (who could be considered an attacking option as a wing or wing-back) among others.
“We’re working on several options in attack,” Salihamidzic said.
With the respective statuses of both Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry at least somewhat in doubt, it would not be inconceivable for the club to have to add two or three more attacking players should one or both of those players move on.
Bayern Munich poised to sell-off two goalkeepers
Bayern Munich is set to sell both Christian Früchtl and Ron-Thorben Hoffmann. The pair of young goalkeepers were each thought to have a strong chance of making it at the club, but now look like they will have to go elsewhere to hope for a breakthrough:
Per Bild, Früchtl is on his way to Austria Wien:
BILD learned from Austria: goalkeeper talent Christian Früchtl (22) is about to move to Austria Vienna and should be presented there on Monday. Früchtl is sold and is supposed to sign for three years. But Bayern has a buyback option according to BILD information! Johannes Schenk (19), another talent, is available as number 3 for the record champions!
Meanwhile, Hoffmann is reportedly headed to Eintracht Braunschweig (Bild):
Braunschweig grabs Bayern goalkeeper talent Ron-Thorben Hoffmann (23)! According to BILD information, the deal should be completed by the start of training next Monday. Around 300,000 euros should flow for the goalkeeper, who would have a professional contract in Munich until June 30, 2023. In Braunschweig, a contract is under discussion until at least 2024. The second division climber had been looking for strong competition for regular keeper Jasmin Fejzic (36) for a long time. Hoffmann wants to be the new number 1. The goalkeeper told BILD: “I want to establish myself as a regular goalkeeper in the second division next season. My big goal is to get promoted to the first Bundesliga, even if there are only nine goalkeepers from Germany playing there at the moment and they already have a lot of experience with an average of almost 30 years. I will work hard for it.”
Bayern Munich star Kimmich open to transfer abroad as midfielder reveals he thought about leaving already
The versatile midfielder would be open to trying his luck outside Germany if he finally parts company with the reigning Bundesliga champions
Bayern Munich and Germany midfielder Joshua Kimmich has admitted that he is tempted by the thought of playing outside of the Bundesliga.
Kimmich has grown into a key part of the Bayern set-up since moving to Bavaria as a youngster from RB Leipzig.
But while he seems in no hurry to leave Die Roten, he would consider a challenge away from Germany in the future.
Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain emerge as Plan B options for Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski
According to Sport Bild reporters Christian Falk and Tobi Altschäffl, Chelsea FC and Paris Saint-Germain have emerged as potential options for Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski should his attempted transfer to FC Barcelona fall through.
Tz captured the report, which indicates that the only hold-up from such a move could be Lewandowski’s wife, Anna:
As the Bild podcast Bayern Insider shows, Lewandowski has alternatives up his sleeve. Two top European clubs are said to be interested in the 33-year-old Pole: Paris St. Germain and Chelsea FC. As reported in the podcast, the latter could fail because of his wife Lewandowska. She was reluctant to move to the British capital.
Both Chelsea and PSG, however have certain issues that might not entice Lewandowski to join aside of a potentially undesirable location for his family. Chelsea just underwent an ownership change and is in the middle of what looks to be a squad upheaval, while PSG is already littered with high-maintenance stars, one of whom (Lionel Messi), Lewandowski did some pseudo-verbal sparring with last season.
Despite this report, it still looks like “Barca or bust” for Lewandowski.
Bayern Munich transfer news: Latest on Ryan Gravenberch, Robert Lewandowski, Sadio Mane, other reports in summer window 2022
Bayern Munich are facing a summer that could define the club’s long-term future.
With talismanic striker Robert Lewandowski pushing to leave the German side, the pressure is on to replace the prolific Polish international and shore up other weaknesses. Serge Gnabry is thought to possibly be leaving as well, and if both depart, it will mean significant turnover up front for the reigning Bundesliga champs.
Bayern struggled this season in the back, and the defensive unit appears just as much in transition as the attack. Niklas Sule is leaving the club on a free transfer for rivals Borussia Dortmund, and Dayot Upamecano has struggled to recapture his best form since joining Bayern. That leaves the club in need of a new central defender, and depending on evaluations of Lucas Hernandez and Benjamin Pavard, an additional defender could be required as well.
There are plenty of talented players on the open market this summer, and Bayern will look to throw around its might as the Bavarian giants hope to challenge for a Champions League title next season after this past year’s disappointing quarterfinal exit.
Borussia Dortmund ahead of Bayern Munich in race for Sasa Kalajdzic
Bayern Munich’s indecisiveness and leisurely pace of pursuing Sasa Kalajdzic could end up costing their transfer plans. In their bid to go all in on Liverpool’s Sadio Mane, Bayern have provided ample ground for Borussia Dortmund to turn the Austrian striker’s head towards their project. With the promise of regular playtime and more clarity, BVB might have done just enough to seal this transfer(Bild via @iMiaSanMia).
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Bayern, BVB battling over Sosa (Bild via @iMiaSanMia)
According to Bild, Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are still duking it out for VfB Stuttgart left-back Borna Sosa:
FC Bayern and Borussia Dortmund are interested in Stuttgart left-back Borna Sosa (24). The Croatian can leave VfB this summer for €25m
Bayern Munich’s rumored interest in Sosa is very curious. I can only think of a few reasons why the Bavarians would want to spend money on another left-back, when Alphonso Davies is entrenched as the starter:
Bayern Munich is going to let Davies return to his natural position — wing. Julian Nagelsmann is reportedly toying with the idea of using a back-four, which could allow Davies to return to both play wing and provide depth at left-back when needed.
Bayern Munich wants a ridiculous amount of depth at left-back/left wing-back because they are worried about Davies’ physical state following his bout with myocarditis last season.
Bayern Munich is worried about Davies’ drop off in form over the past 18 months.
Bayern Munich might be getting out ahead of find a replacement because they know Davies might want to leave in 2024 (a year ahead of his contract ending). To me, it just feels like Davies will go to the Premier League next.
Those are completely speculative and just guesses. I don’t know that I believe that the Bavarians are really interested in Sosa, though it is known that Nagelsmann wanted him last winter.
Some elements of this rumor that are believable, but the presence of Davies would seem to make an acquisition of Sosa a bit redundant.
Bayern Munich using Sadio Mane transfer as potential leverage for Serge Gnabry
Despite having their opening two bids for Sadio Mane rejected by Liverpool, Bayern Munich still expect to eventually land the Senegal international this summer. It’s understood that Mane only wants to leave Liverpool for Bayern and that the only thing standing in the way at this point is the transfer fee, which representatives from the two clubs are working on negotiating.
While he’s not exactly a like for like replacement for Robert Lewandowski, who’s clearly expressed his desire to leave Bayern this summer, Mane can be used both centrally or wide in Bayern’s attack, just as he’s done for Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool. This versatility is a big part of the reason why Julian Nagelsmann has pushed for a Mane transfer. He’s been a big fan of his ever since his managerial tenures at both TSG Hoffenheim and RB Leipzig, during both of which he wound up facing Liverpool in European competition.
Per a recent report from SportBild (via @iMiaSanMia on Twitter), it is also understood that Bayern is using the Mane transfer as leverage for Serge Gnabry. His current contract at the club is set to expire next summer, but he has turned down Bayern’s most recent offer, where he would’ve earn just under 20 million euros per year. There’s growing concern over his future given that he’s rejected such a lucrative offer from Bayern’s front office and there are potential suitors.
At this point, it remains entirely unclear whether or not Gnabry will renew his contract, or wind up leaving. However, by bringing Mane to the club, Bayern feel that it might put the onus on Gnabry to make a definitive decision. With the amount of attacking players Julian Nagelsmann has at his disposal with Leroy Sane, Kingsley Coman, Jamal Musiala, Thomas Muller and (presumably Mane), Gnabry’s starting position and minutes could be in jeopardy. From Bayern’s standpoint, this could lead to him agreeing to be sold this summer, when the club could actually turn a profit for him instead of potentially letting him go on a free transfer next summer assuming he refuses to sign a new deal prior to that point.
Report: Bayern Munich signing of Ryan Gravenberch on the verge of completion
Bayern Munich has been having quite the tumultuous postseason at the moment. With the summer transfer window wide open and the potential exits of some superstars looming (including the squad’s best player, a certain Robert Lewandowski), one can say that this hasn’t been the sweetest of times. Add to that the uncertainty over the Serge Gnabry situation, and we seem to have ourselves some big concerns.
That being said, the Bayern bosses seem to continue working behind the scenes to complete some big transfers. Having already signed Noussair Mazraoui from Ajax, who would be a welcome addition to the team given the lack of a top offensive right back, Brazzo and Co. seem to be closing in on another talent from Ajax to bolster the midfield — 19-year-old Ryan Gravenberch. The rumours have been making the rounds for quite a while now, and it seems like both the club and Gravenberch’s party have completed negotiations, with the player expected to sign with the club come Saturday.
According to Philipp Kessler and Manuel bonke (as quoted by @iMiaSanMia), the player is set to sign with the club for a period of five years.
Given that the phenom is just 20 years old and already Ajax’s starting box-to-box midfielder, the sky seems to be the limit for him from a development perspective. Ajax employs a similar formation to Bayern’s, and since Gravenberch can play both as a #6 and an #8, his versatility and attacking impetus, coupled with his imposing defensive presence will be a huge asset for Bayern moving forward.
The biggest challenge however, would be managing the minutes of the midfield roster, with Kimmich and Goretzka almost guaranteed roles when fit and in form. Marcel Sabitzer also looks slated for a better season, with the player being an absolute unit for Austria in the international break and expressing his desire to do better for Bayern and contribute more in the upcoming season.
Nagelsmann is going to have his hands full with balancing the midfield minutes, but there is always the possibility of Sabitzer and Gravenberch forming an unlikely duo to contest the Kimmetzka pivot (I can dream!), or even displacing Goretzka from the first team when the player slacks, or is inevitably injured (the man seems to get injured for at least a few months every season).
Anyways, here’s to hoping that the player can contribute to a lot of huge successes at Bayern, and develops to become a world beater. It won’t hurt to have a Seedorf 2.0 in our ranks.
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Bayern makes contact to Spurs on Kane (@AlfredoPedulla)
According to journalist Alfredo Pedulla, Bayern Munich has made contact with Tottenham Hotspur for — you guessed it — Harry Kane.
Could the Bavarians be working on replacing Robert Lewandowski with the second best striker in the world? I know, I know…but humor me and read the tweet:
I don’t think there is any way Bayern Munich can get Kane, but it was interesting that they made the call, eh? The report goes on to say that Kane is considered “untouchable”, but as they say, everybody has a price.
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Reus is hurt again (@DFB_Team_EN)
Around these parts, we are used to Bayern Munich players getting hurt, but for Germany, Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus has found himself at the trainer’s table once again.
After missing the first two matches of this round UEFA Nations League games due to an illness, Reus now has a strain, which will keep him out of action against Hungary:
This is normally the space to make the joke, “a tradition like any other,” but Reus has surely been snake-bitten in his career. The 33-year-old has always been a fantastic talent, but seems to always be battling some type of injury.
Report: Liverpool “insulted” by Bayern Munich’s offer for Sadio Mane (Update: New bid + Asking price dropped?)
Whenever Bayern Munich negotiate for a player from the Premier League, the clubs involved seem to take it personally. Manchester City threw a fit in the media when the Bavarians made an approach for Leroy Sane, and now it looks like Liverpool will do the same for Sadio Mane (hey, that rhymed!).
In what was totally not a coordinated leak, leading Liverpool journalists like James Pearce and David Maddock have come out and said that the Reds find Bayern Munich’s offer of €30m + €4.5m in add-ons “laughable” and will not negotiate for anything less than €46.6m (around £40m).
It seems that the add-ons offered by Bayern included clauses for Sadio Mane winning the Ballon d’Or, plus Bayern securing a hat-trick of Bundesliga and European titles, in order to take effect. For that to be considered insulting, it looks like the Reds were hoping for another Coutinho situation, where Barcelona paid them €5m for each time the Brazilian sneezed. Well, not all FCBs are created equal. Now, Liverpool will apparently play hardball and hold out for their original valuation.
Honestly, the tone of these reports is so juvenile that they seem to be written by someone on the Liverpool board itself — someone who feels personally aggrieved by Bayern’s negotiating strategy. The only difference between this and the salty Twitter stan accounts is the fact that these reports came from the club itself. The notion of Liverpool as an institution fuming like a teenager over €30m seems difficult to comprehend, but here we are.
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Die Folgen: Germany’s 1-1 draw with England (Bavarian Football Works)
Germany and England battled to a 1-1 draw, but it was a rollicking, fun match for fans to follow. While some could argue Germany was robbed of three points, England was able to draw and convert a late penalty to give the game its final score.
Regardless, Germany is headed in the right direction and that is what counts most at this stage. Here are some quick hitters:
Hansi Flick made some significant changes with his lineup in using Kai Havertz, Lukas Klostermann, David Raum, Jamal Musiala, Nico Schlotterbeck, Ilkay Gundogan, and Jonas Hofmann.
Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer goes to bat for Brazzo
Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic has been a popular target for some of the club’s fans of late.
While Salihamidzic has made some astute moves, he has also over seen a few flops — much like any sporting director. It might be Salihamidzic’s communication with players and strategic planning for the squad, however, that is causing fans the most angst.
Bayern Munich president Herbert Hainer is still backing the job that Salihamidzic has done, however.
“Hasan (Salihamidzic) is doing a very good job overall. All titles we’ve won, the sextuple in 2020 — he won them too. He put the team together. What impresses me is his heart and passion for FC Bayern. We shouldn’t forget that we extended with the important players: Leon Goretzka, Joshua Kimmich, Kingsley Coman, Jamal Musiala, Thomas Müller and Manuel Neuer. That was his work. And he also put in a new concept for our campus a few years ago,” Hainer told Bild am Sonntag (as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “It’s our goal to promote more players from our own academy in order to counter a bit this transfer madness. With (Jamal) Musiala, (Josip) Stanisic, (Paul) Wanner, (Gabriel) Vidovic we have young players again in the first team where they developed very well. That’s also a merit for Hasan.”
This is a key summer transfer window for Salihamidzic and with a few key moves at least somewhat in motion, the sporting director’s decisions will not doubt have a huge impact on the ultimate outcome for the 2022/23 season.
Liverpool reject Bayern Munich offer for Sadio Mane
Bayern Munich have reportedly been rebuffed in their attempts to sign Liverpool superstar Sadio Mane this summer.
According to The Times journalist Paul Joyce, Bayern Munich have made the first move in their pursuit of Sadio Mane. They have made an opening bid of around £21 million, with an additional £4 million if the Bavarians once again win the UEFA Champions League.
Liverpool, though, have been swift to reject the proposal. The Premier League giants are holding out for much higher terms even though the winger’s current contract at Anfield expires at the end of the season.
Mane, for his part, has been quite vocal about his future lately. He has given out several hints of his desire to leave Anfield, thus putting an end to his successful spell at Liverpool that saw him score 120 goals, along with 40 assists in 269 competitive appearances.
Aside from offering productivity, Mane has helped Liverpool secure the Premier League and the Champions League title. But having largely played under the shadow of a certain Mohamed Salah, the Senegalese international now intends to build his own legacy elsewhere.
Report: Robert Lewandowski might hold out at Bayern Munich during the preseason
Bayern Munich might have to learn to cope without Robert Lewandowski much sooner than expected. While nothing has been determined as of yet, it seems that Lewandowski plans to pressure the club both privately and publicly. Bayern, already nicknamed “FC Hollywood”, obviously does not want any problems that newspapers can publicize.
Per SPORT1, Lewandowski has told Bayern that he has does not intend to return for preseason training. This might force Bayern’s hand in terms of selling him because, although Bayern can hold him to his contract, the Bavarians will not want an unhappy Lewandowski to join training; they will not want any issues bringing down morale ahead of next session.
According to SPORT1, Barcelona has told the Polish striker that they want to sign him; there is an agreement over a three year deal which is of course contingent upon the Catalans digging themselves out of financial problems.
BFW opinion: Lewandowski has always been known as a player who has been a consummate professional; regardless of hurt emotions due to Bayern’s rumored but seemingly half-hearted pursuit of Erling Haaland, this is not the way to behave toward a club which has done everything to keep him, helped him in his pursuit to become the best player in the world and helped him acquire legendary status. Lewandowski has done plenty for Bayern Munich; he is working very hard to do away with his high standing at the club currently.
In our podcast from a couple of weeks ago, we actually did a detailed breakdown of how the board has allowed player relationships to deteriorate, leading to the departures of various key players time and time again. Listen to it below or at this link if you’re interested.
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Die Folgen: Germany’s 1-1 draw with Italy (Bavarian Football Works)
Led by its Bayern Munich contingent, Germany skulked out of Bologna with a 1-1 draw against Italy in a match that probably did not rev up the respective fan bases of either side.
Here are some quick hitters on the match:
I liked almost all of Hansi Flick’s line-up, but I’m not feeling Thilo Kehrer and Benjamin Henrichs as starters. Give me Hoffenheim’s David Raum and Borussia Mönchengladbach’s Jonas Hofmann in the starting XI...for now. I do think, however, that Antonio Rüdiger and Niklas Süle were a very steady pairing at center-back. Rüdiger has really matured as a player and has developed into a leader on the backline. Earlier in his career, he was nowhere near as consistent or dependable, but he has proven himself. I thought Germany did an excellent job of possessing the ball and created a decent amount of opportunities, but the quality of those chances was not exactly great. The weakest points within the attack were Leroy Sane and Serge Gnabry. Sane still seems to be plagued by whatever funk infected him in the Rückrunde for Bayern Munich. Gnabry, as we know, can be great or just meh depending on the day. I liked how Thomas Müller and Timo Werner played honestly. Ditto for Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka.
Currently out of the mix, Bayern Munich loanee Alexander Nübel yearns for place on German national team
Bayern Munich loanee Alexander Nübel had a terrific season on loan with AS Monaco, but the 25-year-old has his sights set on a spot with the German national team.
“It is every kid’s dream to one day play for the national team. It’s something very different from everyday life in the club. It’s therefore part of my dreams to play for Germany, even if it’s not an obsession, because I’m very happy with Monaco,” said Nübel:(as captured by @iMiaSanMia). “Goalkeeping is a very special position in Germany. There are even specialized coaches for goalkeepers in club training centers. There is a wery good level of training. And it’s true that it has always been important for Germany to have very good goalkeepers.”
With another strong season at AS Monaco, Nübel could certainly push his way into consideration for the next World Cup cycle.
Nübel’s formative years were spent at Schalke 04, of course, and some players he observed or encountered while with Die Königsblauen had a big influence on him.
“In the past, I always liked Jens Lehmann, who played like me at Schalke and then (he played) at Dortmund and Arsenal. And then when I arrived in Gelsenkirchen at 18, there was Ralf Fährmann in goal. He is a very good goalkeeper, who helped me a lot learn and progress,” said Nübel. “He inspired me a lot, with his style and his way of training on a daily basis. Oliver Kahn? I was still a little small to remember him, and I must say that I was above all a big fan of Jens Lehmann.”
When thinking about how to go “full Frankenstein” and create the ultimate goalkeeper, Nübel had an idea of what might work best.
“For kicking, I think the best is Marc-André ter Stegen. For the reading of the game, Manuel Neuer is obviously the strongest, coming off his line as he does. There is also Thibaut Courtois who is very good in front of his goal,” Nübel remarked.
Italy vs Germany: Lineups, team news, Hansi Flick’s best possible XI, and more!
Have you missed Hansi Flick? Well worry not, friends, because Germany are set to face Italy in their opening game of the UEFA Nations League tomorrow. A large contingent of Bayern Munich stars will be on display as the Germans begin their preparation for this year’s World Cup in Qatar. Per his press conference, Flick wants to field a full-strength team versus Italy. What would that entail? Let’s find out.
It’s hard to know who exactly is out/in for Germany tomorrow, since Hansi Flick didn’t really mention any injuries. Here is what the callups look like for this round:
Based on that, we can start formulating some kind of lineup. Thomas Muller and Kai Havertz should be locked-in at the top of the lineup, with any two of Leroy Sane, Serge Gnabry, and Timo Werner making up the rest of the attack. Based on his known preferences, Flick will probably choose Werner over Sane for this one, but it’s hard to be sure since there isn’t much evidence to go on.
In midfield, assuming the lineup will be a standard 4-2-3-1, Flick will almost certainly start Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka together as part of a standard dual pivot. Kimmich and Goretzka are already familiar with their coach’s tactics from his time in charge of Bayern Munich, so their presence should help the Germans control the game against the likes of Jorginho and Barella. Manchester City’s Ilkay Gundogan is the only other serious option for the starting XI, with the rest of the squad relegated to a substitute role at best.
In defense, things get a little interesting. David Raum is the only true left-back on the squad, so he’s basically guaranteed to start, but the other positions are not so obvious. Any two of Niklas Sule, Nico Schlotterbeck, and Antonio Rudiger could start in the center-back spots, while right-back could be a three-way competition between Thilo Kehrer, Lukas Klostermann, and Benjamin Henrichs. Based on Flick’s track record, let’s assume a Raum-Rudiger-Sule-Kehrer back line.
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Ronaldo not an option for Bayern (Christian Falk via @iMiaSanMia)
Bayern Munich’s offseason has already been absolutely wild, but the rumors that broke last weekend linking the Rekordmeister to Manchester United mega-star Cristiano Ronaldo seemed to push things to an apex of craziness.
Alas, however, the fervor that built up around the Ronaldo news was likely all for naught. In fact, Sport Bild’s Christian Falk is reporting that Ronaldo is not in Bayern Munich’s plans — even if Robert Lewandowski exits this summer:
If you want to next level conspiracy theory, you could read into that wording and say to yourself, “Okay, that just denies that it is Ronaldo, but it could be another Mendes client, right?”
Uh, I guess, so, who else does Mendes represent? Let’s take a look at the most notable players (per FootballTransfers.com):
Angel Di Maria
In the past, Bayern Munich has been linked to Joao Cancelo and Andre Silva, but moves for either player seem very unlikely at this point.
I am not on #TeamCristiano here, so it’s no big loss for me. For those of you who wanted him, drop why you felt that way in the comments.
Lothar Matthäus questions why so many players are eager to leave Bayern Munich
Bayern Munich is on the verge of potentially losing Robert Lewandowski this summer — just a year after losing veterans David Alaba, Jerome Boateng, and Javi Martinez. They’ll also be losing Niklas Sule to Borussia Dortmund this summer and Serge Gnabry’s future at the club is still uncertain at this point in time. The club’s front office has emphasized the fact that it is still, in fact, financially recovering from losses caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which has greatly affected contract negotiations at the club. Growing wage demands from players and their representatives has not combined well with Bayern trying to be conservative with their finances.
While Bayern is actively pursuing a potentially replacement for Lewandowski, there is still growing concern as to why players want to leave the club in the first place. For Lewandowski, the desire to experience something new is understandable after such a long tenure at Bayern, but Barcelona don’t even have the proper funds to be able to afford him, and what’s the big allure? After all, it was long ago that he said his “dream club” was Real Madrid.
In a recent column for Sky Germany (via Sport Bild), Lothar Matthäus was critical of the fact that it seems like Bayern is struggling to keep ahold of their star players. He questioned why it seems like so many players lately want to leave the club. “It’s a shame and noticeable that more and more players want to leave FC Bayern. It wasn’t like that before. I think there are many different reasons for this. This development certainly does not cast a good light on this club. Some players don’t feel and didn’t feel comfortable with the best German club anymore,” he wrote in the column.
While Matthäus’ overall sentiment is clear, he does, specifically, have some sympathy for Lewandowski and his situation. He strongly feels that the club should’ve acted far sooner than they did for him. “I can understand him! The statements are a clear sign that Robert is very disappointed and does not feel valued. In this case, appreciation doesn’t just mean money for me. If you perform like Robert and you know that the club is still interested in [Erling] Haaland, it’s difficult to accept,” he said.
FC Bayern München v Borussia Dortmund – Bundesliga
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“FC Bayern has every right to take a look around. But it is also Lewandowski’s right to express himself in this way. I would have taken care of Robert much earlier. Because I think he can still play at the top level for two to three years. If I were Lewy, I wouldn’t be interested if what I read from Pini Zahavi about the negotiations and the alleged ‘offer’ is true,” he continued.
Corentin Tolisso got tired of waiting for an offer from Bayern Munich
It had been widely speculated that Corentin Tolisso was going to leave Bayern Munich for months. After an injury-riddled tenure at the club, Tolisso will now move on — but it was not necessarily a clean break.
On Sunday, kicker reported that Bayern Munich would be willing to give Tolisso a performance-based contract and that the Rekordmeister would not “abandon” the French midfielder. Just hours later, however, Bayern Munich formally announced Tolisso would be leaving the club.
If the initial story was true, how did things change so quickly?
According to Bild (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), Tolisso was not been amenable to a performance-based deal and instead, “demanded” a salary of at least at least €11 million, which the club soundly rejected. For what it is worth, Bild did corroborate kicker’s report regarding the incentive-laden contract proposal.
“We agreed with the club that I would not receive flowers before the last game like (Niklas) Süle, because I didn’t know the club’s decision yet. I haven’t heard from them for three weeks. I told my agent to call them and the decision was made,” Tolisso told L’Equipe.
Okay, that does ties thing together a bit, so what is Tolisso’s next move?
Tolisso also detailed what his approach to free agency will be.
“I want to go to a club to play a major role and keep winning trophies. England, with the intensity, I would like it but I don’t want to rule out any league. I know what I’m capable of. I know how much the change of air will do me good,” Tolisso said. “Today, I still want to play in the Champions League and win it again. I want to make the best decision for me and my family.”
While he still has great potential, his injury history is even greater. Tolisso will undoubtedly help some team, but will he be available enough to truly make an impact consistently?
Tolisso will be looking to shake the stigma that he is injury-prone as he told L’Equipe.
“I entered a cycle that always repeated itself: I came back, scored, got injured, came back. That affected me mentally and physically. I felt like I needed a new challenge to get out of that cycle. I’m a competitor. Sitting on the bench at Bayern is not satisfactory,” Tolisso said. “I joined Bayern as a young player. In my position, I played with guys like James (Rodriguez), (Artuto) Vidal, Javi Martinez, Thiago (Alcantara), (Joshua) Kimmich. Kimmich for example, the way he thinks, his vision, it’s exceptional. Seeing his desire to win every day is a lesson.”
Bayern Munich still looking to sign RB Leipzig’s Konrad Laimer
Konrad Laimer played under Julian Nagelsmann at RB Leipzig, where he has exceled as a central and defensive midfielder. The 25-year-old is currently valued at €26 million, and had another great season at Leipzig this past year. With Ryan Gravenberch also incoming, Bayern would have a tightly contested midfield next season.
Konrad Laimer is a great player, no debate, but it seems like another midfielder signing could be unsettling for Bayern’s current midfield. This also poses questions about Jamal Musiala’s playtime in the future. He has been deployed in both the midfield and on the wing, but Bayern are still shopping for both positions. Jamal Musiala won’t be happy playing on the bench forever.
Bayern Munich are still looking to add names to their roster next season. It looks like Bayern Munich will announce the signing of Ryan Gravenberch in the coming days after reportedly completing his medical on May 31st. Julian Nagelsmann looks eager to bring in one of his own, Konrad Laimer.
Barcelona ‘seriously considering’ Bosman move for Bayern Munich midfielder
Having enjoyed a lot of success by placing their faith in youth recently, Barcelona are focusing their transfer strategy on continuing to invest in young talents with potential heading into the summer.
The Blaugrana have already secured the signings of Pablo Torre from Racing Santander and Emre Demir from Kayserispor, while they continue to remain on the lookout for more youth prospects that can be brought in and groomed at the club.
According to German publication SPORT1, Barcelona are plotting a raid on German champions Bayern Munich for the signing of 16-year-old midfield prodigy Kenan Yildiz.
The youngster has been with Die Roten since 2012 when he joined their academy from the Regensburg youth setup. He has enjoyed a steady progression through the ranks at the Bavarian outfit.
Despite being just 16 years of age, Yildiz has already earned promotion to the Bayern Munich Under-19 setup. In the season gone by, he featured in 20 matches across all youth teams and competitions, contributing with six goals and eight assists in the process.
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Bayern vs. Inter for Lukaku — kill me now (@giaco_iaco)
According to Italian journalist Giacomo Iacobellis, Bayern Munich and Inter Milan will square off for Chelsea FC striker Romelu Lukaku.
Nothing against Lukaku, but with an uncertain future at Bayern Munich, the Belgian would be one of the last players I would be looking to build around. He went to a Champions League winner and made them worse.
Raheem Sterling: Man City forward attracting interest from Bayern Munich and La Liga
Manchester City forward Raheem Sterling is attracting interest from Bayern Munich and leading clubs in Spain amid uncertainty over his future.
Sterling, 27, won his fourth Premier League title with City this season.
But he started the final-day win over Aston Villa on the bench, in addition to both legs of the Champions League semi-final defeat by Real Madrid.
With just one year left on his contract, Sterling now has a major decision to make about his future.
City have already signed two forwards ahead of the new campaign, Erling Haaland from Borussia Dortmund and Argentine Julian Alvarez from River Plate, and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has stated the club expect to sign at least two more players this summer.
It is understood Sterling’s situation is likely to be addressed in the middle of June, once his international commitments with England in the Nations League are over.
Sterling has no interest in becoming a bit-part player and retains the desire to improve and play a meaningful role in winning more honours.
He also knows playing regularly is the best way of ensuring he retains his England place for November’s World Cup in Qatar.
City are likely to sell at least one forward player, with Brazilian Gabriel Jesus heavily linked with Arsenal in recent weeks.
Meanwhile, Poland striker Robert Lewandowski has said his “story is over” at Bayern Munich as the 33-year-old seeks a move from the German champions this summer.
Bayern Munich Alumni: Is Mario Götze planning a move away from PSV?
A former Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich attacking midfielder could be on the move very soon. Mario Götze has enjoyed a fine spell at PSV Eindhoven, but if the rumors are true, the 2014 World Cup hero could be on his way out the door.
Sport Bild reports that Roger Schmidt after he became the new manager of Benfica, is interested in bringing him to Lisbon. Schmidt was the manager in PSV and he helped Mario revitalize his career.
Eindhoven is reportedly reluctant to let the player go, as they value him highly in the Netherlands. PSV’s technical director, John de Jong, explained that not a single player showed any desire to leave the Dutch club.
De Jong continued and sent a message to Schmidt: “I have not discussed this matter with Roger Schmidt, but if he wants, he can bring a bag with a lot of money! Then we will talk soon.”
It’s going to be an interesting transfer window for the 2014’s World Cup star, as we might see him change another club and try another league!
Update: Bayern Munich announces Corentin Tolisso’s departure; Frenchman responds
Just a day after kicker released a report stating that Bayern Munich was not going to “abandon” midfielder Corentin Tolisso, the club announced that the Frenchman would be leaving this summer.
With this news and the official announcement, it can be ascertained that Tolisso has found his next club and will be signing a new deal in the coming weeks:
Tolisso’s crazy potential was never really fulfilled at Bayern Munich due to an even crazier list of injuries and illnesses. Since joining the Rekordmeister, Tolisso has missed an astonishing 95 games and 545 days of field time per Transfermarkt. Once Bayern Munich’s record transfer of €41.5 million, Tolisso is worth just €15 million according to Transfermarkt.
Bayern Munich CEO Oliver Kahn thanks Tolisso for his efforts at the club.
“For five years, Corentin Tolisso was part of our team that made history with, among other things, the sextuple-winning season in 2020. We thank him for his efforts, his commitment and the passion that has always distinguished him and wish him all the best for the future,” said Kahn (as captured by FCBayern.com).
Sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic wished Tolisso luck in his future endeavors.
“We would like to thank Corentin Tolisso for five successful years together. He never let himself be knocked off course even in difficult phases and always gave everything for the club. We wish him every success in his future career,” Salihamidzic said.
As for where Tolisso could end up, the midfielder has been linked to clubs in Italy, Spain, and England in recent weeks.
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According to Sky journalist Florian Plettenberg, if Bayern Munich really does want FC Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, the Dutchman is available.
De Jong has been linked to Bayern Munich, Manchester City, and Manchester United in recent months and it appears that all three clubs could be legitimately interested in the 25-year-old:
According to Barca Universal, the Catalans would only sell De Jong if Lewandowski or Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva were part of a package:
As uncertainty continues to loom over the future of Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong, Mundo Deportivo has come up with a fresh report which provides a clear picture of 0the club’s stance on the Dutchman’s situation. De Jong has been a mainstay in the center of the park for Barça ever since his arrival in 2019 and has no desire of leaving the club anytime soon. Manager Xavi Hernandez also rates the 25-year-old highly and wants to keep him at the club.
At the same time, however, the 42-year-old is aware that the club are not in the pinkest of health financially and selling a player of de Jong’s quality would help generate some valuable funds that can be reinvested into the roster in the summer window. There is no shortage of interest in de Jong either. Manchester United have been hot on his trail for months now, while Paris Saint-Germain are also being mentioned as an interested party. At the same time, Manchester City and Bayern Munich are also admirers of the midfielder.
And the Catalan giants believe that using de Jong could make it easier for them to get their hands on Lewandowski from Bayern Munich. The second target that Xavi and Barça have on their agenda for whom de Jong could be allowed to leave is Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva. The 27-year-old came close to leaving the Etihad last summer and will reassess his future again this summer despite enjoying a stunning season.
Moreover, The Express also detailed that FC Barcelona is, indeed, toying with the idea of swap deals involving Bayern Munich and Manchester City:
Barcelona are open to swap deals for Frenkie de Jong but not with Manchester United, according to reports. The Netherlands international is a top target for Erik ten Hag. However, he could end up leaving the Nou Camp for Manchester City or Bayern Munich instead.
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What exactly is going on with Bayern Munich’s rumored pursuit of VfB Stuttgart striker Sasa Kalajdzic?
Depending on which German media outlet you believe, you could be massively pessimistic or optimistic — or even disappointed.
Whatever the case, it has been a long time since so many different stories have been circulating about the transfer saga of one player. Let’s take a look at the latest news and how it differs from outlet-to-outlet:
Per kicker, there are once again “considerable doubts” about Kalajdzic internally at Bayern Munich. While kicker does not go into detail as to what those doubts are, it appears that the impending return of Joshua Zirkzee could be a factor in the club potentially deciding to take a pass on Kalajdzic.
The Sport Bild duo of Christian Falk and Tobi Altschäffl spoke about the Kalajdzic pursuit on their Bayern Insider podcast and indicated that Bayern Munich leads Borussia Dortmund in the race for the Austrian. As we know, talks have taken place between Kalajdzic and Bayern Munich — and more discussions are planned. According to these journalists, Kalajdzic can now envision a move to Bayern Munich even if Robert Lewandowski is not sold this summer.
Finally, Sport1’s Kerry Hau and PJ Berger have also chimed in. Per the Sport1 boys, Bayern Munich is viewing Kalajdzic as a back-up at striker — one who can bring a different, “change of pace” look to the pitch for Julian Nagelsmann. Kalajdzic is being viewed as a player to bring an element of physical play to Bayern Munich.
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Gravenberch nearing deal (Gianluca DiMarzio)
The deal between Bayern Munich and Ajax midfielder Ryan Gravenberch is getting closer per Italian journalist Gianluca DiMarzio:
After the official arrival of Mazraoui on a free transfer, Bayern Munich decides to fish once again from Ajax during this summer market. Ryan Gravenberch, in fact, a midfielder born in 2002, is very close with the German club.
Rafaela Pimenta, agent of the Dutch football player, is closing the deal to reach the signatures in a very short time, so the Bavarians will be able to enjoy another jewel of Ajax. In the coffers of the lancers will enter a figure of around 20 million fixed part plus bonuses.
According to Twitter account @FootballOranje_, the details on DiMarzio’s report seem to line up:
Breaking: Bayern Munich announces signing of Ajax right-back Noussair Mazraoui
Bayern Munich have signed right-back Noussair Mazraoui from Ajax.
The Morocco international joins Bayern on a free transfer after his contract expires in July. He signed a four-year deal, keeping him at the club until 2026.
“I had a good feeling right from the first talks with FC Bayern and I’m delighted to be moving to one of the biggest clubs in Europe. FC Bayern has just become German champions for the tenth time in a row and will also be among the contenders to win the Champions League again next year. I chose this club because I can win the biggest titles here,” Mazraoui said to FCBayern.com.
Mazraoui was courted by many clubs, notably Barcelona, after his rise to stardom. He was reportedly close to joining the Catalans, but a direct conversation with Bayern coach Julian Nagelsmann apparently changed his mind. Bayern thus succeeded in bolstering the right back position, a position which has not been fully satisfactory since the legendary Philipp Lahm hung up his boots.
So far, Mazraoui has played four seasons for Ajax, winning three Dutch league titles and two Dutch cups, while also being a key member of the side that reached the Champions League semifinals in 2019.
The 24-year-old will mainly be played on the right side of defense, but he can also play as a left-back or a midfielder. How he will be deployed in what sort of formation remains to be seen. He could be a classic right-back playing in a back four, or a more advanced wing-back in a back three.
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