Where does Bayern Munich need reinforcement in the squad? Part 3 — The Defense
All this movement in the transfer window has seen players come and go, but sometimes these players can’t fill in the gaps left behind by their predecessors. That made us wonder, “Does Bayern Munich have the players for the positions that need replacements?” In this three-part series, we go through each part of the team and see what needs to be done or what can be done. We will discuss what places need reinforcement, which players can be the reinforcement (current players first, then transfer targets), and the solution we think will be the most ideal.
- Some players will appear in two categories because they are versatile enough to play in both areas.
- The formation to be used is the 4-2-3-1.
- Youth players aren’t included because they are relatively unproven, and because the article might be too long. Instead, feel free to suggest in the comments which youth players should be included.
Bayern Munich transfer hypocrisy can only end one way as Liverpool made wise Sadio Mané call
In what is shaping up to be one of the biggest transfer sagas of the summer, Robert Lewandowski remains a Bayern Munich player (for now) and Barcelona keep being linked with him.
Lewandowski has made it clear publicly that he wants to move to Barcelona, and Barcelona have made it clear that they want to sign him — and yet, a deal does not appear close.
So where do Liverpool come into the equation? Well, having agreed to sell Sadio Mané to Bayern Munich for a fee that could reach £35m (but is initially less than £30m minus the add-ons), there is more than a little hypocrisy at play.
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Mané is almost four years younger than Lewandowski. Both forwards have (or had, in the case of Mané) a year left on their contracts, and both wanted to leave.
But while Liverpool fairly quickly found a replacement and granted Mané’s wish to move on, things have played out very differently with the Bundesliga champions — even though in the Senegalese, they have a replacement of their own.
Barcelona, despite having very limited finances to work with to put it mildly, have an interest, but whether they can meet Bayern Munich’s demands remains to be seen. The goalposts appear to change with every passing week.
Sadio Mane’s agent explains Liverpool transfer exit and addresses wage rumours
Sadio Mane ‘s agent has shut down rumours that the 30-year-old’s departure from Liverpool was due to his wage demands.
Following Mane’s £35.1 million transfer to Bayern Munich, which was completed on Wednesday, speculation arose suggesting that the Senegal captain had made the move to Germany for financial reasons. Mane had one year remaining on his Liverpool contract and negotiations over a new deal were put on hold as the Reds unsuccessfully attempted to hunt down the quadruple towards the end of last season.
Shortly after their agonising 1-0 defeat to Real Madrid in the Champions League final, the forward opted to call time on his Anfield career. The decision ended his six-year stay on Merseyside after being made Jurgen Klopp ‘s first major signing in June 2016. But Mane’s PR agent, Bacary Cisse, has dismissed rumours that his salary was Liverpool was ‘too low’.
“Those are false rumours,” Cisse told TV5Monde. “We didn’t want to talk about that. A player of Sadio’s calibre can’t be earning the salary that people are speaking about. The numbers circulating are completely wrong.
“Sadio was already earning more than that when he joined Liverpool from Southampton. He extended his contract in 2018 and his salary was much higher than the numbers circulating in the media.”
Despite his contractual situation with the Reds, many saw Mane’s exit as a surprise. After the player himself laid out his reasons for wanting a change of scenery – labelling Bayern the “right club at the right time” – his representative shed more light on his client’s decision. “He won everything with Liverpool and it was time to seek a new challenge elsewhere,” Cisse added.
Report: Bayern Munich raise Robert Lewandowski’s price AGAIN as Barcelona make new bid
Florian Plettenberg has been on fire this transfer window. He’s the guy who broke the Sadio Mane news, so when he speaks you need to listen. Now according to his latest report, Bayern Munich want at least €60m for Robert Lewandowski this summer, and FC Barcelona are looking to improve their bid. A few days ago Plettenberg had reckoned that Lewy would stay in Germany this summer — now he says that the move is much more likely.
Here’s the tweet in question:
Of course Barcelona have the money to pay for the transfer, because they say so. Joan Laporta seemed very confident about the club’s finances following their members’ decision to sell off part of the club’s merchandising and TV deals in order to raise money. Now, the president of a venerable footballing institution such as Barcelona would surely never lie, would he? That would be unthinkable. So obviously he’s not bluffing and Bayern are well within their rights to demand a large chunk of cash for Lewandowski’s transfer.
So now we wait for the next bid from the Catalans. Hopefully they at least offer 50 million euros this time. If not, then maybe Lewandowski should start getting worried about a lack of appreciation. He wouldn’t want to go to a club that doesn’t appreciate him, right?
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Barca readying next proposal for Lewy (Barca Universal)
FC Barcelona is reportedly going back to the drawing board and preparing an offer for Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski:
Bayern Munich’s persistence this summer has seen FC Barcelona getting rebuffed twice in their attempts to sign top target Robert Lewandowski. The Catalans had initiated the negotiations by tabling an offer of around €32 million. But Bayern were swift to reject the offer, prompting Barça to come up with an improved €35 million bid. However, reports suggest Bayern have rejected Barcelona’s second offer as well, with the club’s sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic issuing a stark response. Many expect Bayern to keep hold of Lewandowski unless any interested party comes up with an offer of around €50 million. In light of their recent rejection, Barcelona were poised to come up with another improved offer next week. And as per Gerard Romero, the Catalans are already weighing up the third bid for Lewandowski, which is thought to be somewhere in the region of €35-40 million. The figure of €35-40 million will be paid in cash, while Barça are willing to offer up to €7 million in performance-related add-ons, thus potentially increasing the overall package to almost €50 million.
It still feels like Barca will have to go north of €50 million with a base offer to get a deal done.
Why Bayern Munich rejected Cristiano Ronaldo
Update — June 25th/3:00AM EST: Uh, yeah, so about why Bayern Munich doesn’t want Ronaldo
According to Sky Sport (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), Cristiano Ronaldo would have blown up the club’s wage structure, is too old, is unwilling to press, and could have jeopardized team chemistry. Other than that, I am sure he would have been fine, though:
Did statements from Jurgen Klopp spur Sadio Mané to leave Liverpool for Bayern Munich
It’s already official. Sadio Mané has completed his move from Liverpool to Bayern Munich and has already been unveiled as a Bayern player. He’s signed a three-year deal that will keep him in Munich until 2025 after six well-decorated seasons playing under Jurgen Klopp on Merseyside. It’s one of the biggest transfer in recent years for not only just Bayern, but for the Bundesliga as a whole.
Of course, English pundits have questioned Mané’s rationale for choosing to leave a Liverpool side that so nearly clinched a historic quadruple of silverware this past season while he’s quite arguably still within the pinnacle of his playing career. His contract at the club was coming to an end next summer and he had not agreed on a new deal, having his heart set on coming to Bayern for the next chapter in his career.
On a recent appearance on TalkSport Radio (via Football365), former Queens Park Rangers, Manchester City, and West Ham striker Trevor Sinclair explained why he feels Mané ultimately made the decision to leave Liverpool for Bayern. He chalked it up to three separate reasons that all boiled down to him feeling the Senegal international was not as properly rewarded when he should’ve been, making him feel like it was time for a move.
“This Sadio Mané transfer is obviously universally accepted now he’s left Liverpool Football Club as a club legend. But I keep on hearing some fans and ex-players saying ‘I don’t know why he’s left?’ Let me tell you why he’s left. One, I don’t think he’s ever been lauded and appreciated at the football club like Virgil van Dijk or Mo Salah. Two, the fact that Liverpool let his contract go down to the last year kind of suggests that that’s how they felt about him,” Sinclair ranted.
Liverpool face a similar situation with Salah and the fact that he is entering the final year of his contract with the club. Despite making it clear he would be playing for Liverpool this coming season, it still remains to be seen whether or not he will eventually sign a new deal for the club. He’s often the one to get the majority of plaudits ahead of Mané, and Liverpool fans can, and will, remember Mané’s rift during the 3-0 away win at Turf Moor against Burnley from the 2019/20 season where he was infuriated that he was lambasted for not passing the ball to Salah when the latter wasn’t questioned for doing the same exact thing. The two both later confirmed it was just a momentary reaction from Mané and that there was no bad blood, but fast-forwarding to now, it can be viewed as slightly indicative of the pecking order at Liverpool.
The African Cup of Nations also affected Liverpool. Both Salah and Mané were away with Egypt and Senegal respectively for as long as possible, as both of those nations made it to the final of the competition. Klopp has often been vocal about his disdain for fixture congestion in the Premier League calendar with all of the different domestic and European cup competitions attached, so it came as little surprise when he questioned the timing of the AFCON. Sinclair feels that Mané didn’t take too kindly to Klopp slightly belittling the tournament. “Three, I think the main thing is that Jurgen Klopp lost him when he came out and belittled the AFCON tournament which his manager (for Senegal) Aliou Cisse had to come out and defend the AFCON and said ‘you were coming second until our African players started playing for you,” he said.
“Mané is a man of principles, you’ve seen him buy hospitals, buy schools and all the rest of it in his home town of Senegal and it’s for these reasons I feel Sadio Mané’s thought, ‘You know what, I’m going, I’m leaving the club.’ He’s had a good time, he’s been a club legend but I don’t think he could play on after that,” Sinclair concluded.
Lovro Zvonarek officially arrives at Bayern Munich
The FC Bayern Campus has shown photos of new signing Lovro Zvonarek training with Bayern II, as captured by Tz. Finally, the player has arrived at Bayern Munich. He was initially signed for 1.8 million euros-which could rise to 4.5 million in add-ons from Croatian side Slaven Belupo last year, but the transfer was completed after the transfer window ended. So Bayern allowed Zvonarek to stay in his homeland and play in the first division of Croatian football.
Zvonarek thrived. While injuries majorly hindered the Croatian, when he got on the field, he was fantastic. So much so that Zvonarek not only became the youngest player to score in the first division of Croatian football, he even became the youngest captain in Croatian history as he captained Slaven Belupo for the last five matches. Clearly, this young man has a lot of potential and a lot of maturity.
The Croatian media has even dubbed him “the new Modric.” Of course, people should be wary throwing those kinds of comparisons around but the point remains. He is incredibly talented. Bayern fans should be excited to see what he can bring to the future of this club, even if it should take multiple years for that future to be realized.
However, Zvonarek’s near future remains uncertain. He just played in the first division in Croatian football and proved he belonged at that level. Playing in the fourth division of German football will not nearly provide the challenge Zvonarek requires to improve as a player. Yet he’s also not ready for the first team.
The obvious answer might be a loan, but uprooting this 17-year-old from his homeland only to have him change homes twice in a few months does not seem like it would help him adjust to Germany. For now, Zvonarek will train with Bayern II. But by the 8th of July, when the first team begins pre-season, Nagelsmann will likely include Zvonarek in his pre-season plans to evaluate him and determine precisely what to do with him next season. Let’s just hope it is the right decision.
Florian Plettenberg denies Cristiano Ronaldo to Bayern Munich rumors
So let’s get this straight — Diario AS published a report where they claimed Cristiano Ronaldo would be moving from Manchester United to Bayern Munich in order to fill the gap left by the departure of Robert Lewandowski. My editor won’t like that huge sentence but it’s shortest way possible to describe this mess.
So — is Bayern Munich planning to sign Cristiano Ronaldo?
Uh, no. Not at all. Not even in the slightest.
Sky Sports journalist Florian Plettenberg, who was the first to break news of the Sadio Mane saga and has generally been spot-on with all his transfer takes this summer, had this to say about the Ronaldo rumors:
Falk hasn’t been anywhere near as reliable this window as he used to be, but we have no reason to doubt his reporting on this. Why would Bayern sign Ronaldo? It doesn’t make any sense. Then again he DID say the Mane news was untrue, and that seemed almost as unlikely at the time, sooooo … let’s just ignore him for now. No need to overthink it.
Basically, according to unreliable sources, Bayern want CR7 this summer. But according to (mostly) reliable sources, Bayern will not sign CR7 this summer. Seems conclusive, but what do I know? Transfer rumors can be weird even at the best of times.
Bayern Munich’s Tanguy Nianzou could be on the move this summer
Tanguy Nianzou’s future with Bayern Munich is in doubt. The French defender will have another chance to prove himself during preseason. Julian Nagelsmann wants to see him in action a little more before making a decision on the defender. This might take until August, which could see Nianzou being a late sale in the summer window.
Florian Plettenberg of Sky Sport News reported that a few agents have made contact and want to transfer him. Valued at around 10 million euros, and at the age of just 20-years-old, the player still has the potential to develop with the right experience.
It is expected that Nianzou will probably play a larger role this season with Niklas Sule leaving, unless Bayern Munich makes a replacement signing at centre-back. Nianzou is still young enough to develop into a starting defender if things go the right way, but his agents might think he can get this experience in another club. He only played 19% of the possible minutes he could play this season for Bayern and could find a lot more minutes elsewhere. If he is sold, Bayern will certainly needed another defender.
Transfer rumours: Bayern Munich eye Ronaldo; Real Madrid consider Son
Barcelona’s opening bid for Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski has gone in at €40m. The Pole wants a new challenge but his club are reluctant to let him go.
Bayern have been tipped to make a sensational approach for Manchester United forward Cristiano Ronaldo if they lose Lewandowski. Ronaldo is said to be concerned about the lack of transfer activity at Old Trafford.
Real Madrid could make a shock approach for Tottenham star Son Heung-min after missing out on primary target Kylian Mbappe earlier this summer.
Ajax want €80m if they are to sell Antony this summer. The Brazilian winger is keen on joining Manchester United but Chelsea have emerged with interest.
Marseille, who signed William Saliba on loan from Arsenal last season, are keen to raid north London again – this time in pursuit of Portuguese left-back Nuno Tavares.
Juventus centre-back Matthijs de Ligt has handed in a transfer request amid rumoured interest from Chelsea.
Denmark midfielder Christian Eriksen will make a straight choice between Brentford and Manchester United after Tottenham cooled their interest in signing him.
Tottenham could also drop their interest in Manchester City forward Gabriel Jesus to instead focus on pursuing Richarlison from Everton or Raphinha from Leeds.
Paul Pogba has an agreement in principle in place to re-sign for former club Juventus. But international teammate Adrien Rabiot wants to leave and move to a Premier League side – Juve are already prepared to sell him and fellow midfielder Arthur.
Barcelona offer Bayern Munich initial €35m for Robert Lewandowski
Barcelona have made a new offer for Robert Lewandowski of €35m (£30m) plus €5m in add-ons but Bayern Munich are expected to turn that down.
The striker is determined to join Barcelona despite approaches from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain and has verbally agreed a three-year deal.
Leading Bayern executives have continued publicly to point out that Lewandowski is under contract for another year and say they expect him back for pre-season training on 12 July. Last month the player declared his Bayern career “over” and said he did not believe the club would hold him against his will.
Bayern’s board member for sport, Hasan Salihamidzic, gave an interview on Thursday to Sky in Germany in which he appeared to leave open the possibility of Lewandowski leaving for the right price. Asked to state as a percentage the likelihood of the player staying he said: “Until now it’s 100%.”
Report: Bayern Munich players getting tired of Robert Lewandowski transfer controversy and “egotistical streak”
According to a report from The Athletic (as captured by The Daily Mail), some Bayern Munich players are getting a little sick of Robert Lewandowski:
Bayern Munich stars are reportedly bracing themselves for Robert Lewandowski’s departure — having grown tired of his public posturing to force a move away from the club. Lewandowski, 33, has confirmed his intention to leave Bayern this summer after eight years in Munich, with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Chelsea all vying for his signature.
According to The Athletic, his teammates at the Allianz Arena expect him to be granted his desired move away before the summer transfer window draws to a close. It is believed Lewandowski’s Bayern teammates are tired of seeing him agitate for a move, as well as revert to an egotistical streak on the pitch. They are therefore anticipating the Poland striker, who scored 50 goals in all competitions last season, to depart Julian Nagelsmann’s side over the next few months.
The timing of this is interesting as it comes just a day after Bayern Munich formally announced the signing of former Liverpool attacker Sadio Mané. It should be noted, however, that no Bayern Munich players have said anything derogatory on record about Lewandowski or his situation. If there are rumbles being emitted from the locker room, it is being done on an anonymous basis.
FC Barcelona has long been rumored to be the desired destination for Lewandowski, but both Chelsea FC and Paris Saint-Germain are very interested in the Poland international.
Hasan Salihamidžic discusses the situations of Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry
It is known that the futures of Bayern Munich attackers Robert Lewandowski and Serge Gnabry are uncertain. Both players are at a crossroads in respective points of their career, deciding if they should stay or move to a different club.
Speaking to Sport Bild (as captured by @iMiaSanMia), Bayern’s Sporting Director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidžic sat down and discussed what will happen to Gnabry and Lewandowski amidst the arrival of Sadio Mané from Liverpool. Brazzo was asked if Mané’s arrival was related to Gnabry’s hesitation at extending with the club, a question which he refuted.
“The signing of Sadio Mané has nothing to do with Serge”, said the Bayern sporting director. “We still want to resume talks with Serge and see whether he’s willing to extend during this transfer window.”
Brazzo stressed that Gnabry is a perfect fit for the team and hopes to reach an agreement with him soon. “Serge is a German international and fits into our team perfectly”, said Brazzo. “We don’t want to go into the final year of his contract without hearing from him that he wants to stay. There should be no pressure. Nevertheless, from the club’s point of view, it’s only fair that if the player does not want to extend, we have to find a solution that satisfies all parties involved.”
The SD also downplayed the thought of Mané being the direct replacement for Lewandowski if the striker leaves and reiterated that the Pole is still under contract: ”Our position is clear: Robert has a contract until the summer of 2023.”
It remains to be seen whether FC Barcelona would cough up the money for Lewandowski and meet Bayern’s valuation of €50 million; Brazzo, however, isn’t bothered about it. “I’m not thinking about that”, he said. “I’m expecting to see Robert in training at Säbener Straße on July 12 (when pre-season starts).”
Update on Konrad Laimer’s future, plus a player analysis on his potential fit at Bayern Munich
According to a report by kicker, Konrad Laimer has informed RB Leipzig that he’s unwilling to renew his contract, though he’s not told them he wants to leave immediately. In Leipzig there’s talk of a €25-30m asking price. They prefer not to sell to Bayern Munich, but the scenario is not ruled out (as captured by @iMiaSanMia).
All this talk of multiple clubs, from Manchester United to Bayern Munich being interested in the Austrian, raises a few questions.
How good is Konrad Laimer? Is he the midfielder Bayern needs?
Here’s the answers to all your questions.
In simple words, Laimer is a pressing machine. He is a high volume presser and is extremely effective at regaining possession. His aggressive and high-energy style of play, combined with a good tackle success rate means he is the perfect midfielder. Many pundits draw comparisons to his style of play with that of N’Golo Kante.
There are not many players who can trouble the opponent like Laimer does. He’s also excellent at keeping the opposition away from the ball and clearing the way to start counter-attacks.
In a double pivot, Laimer aims to progress with the ball while at the same time, also helping in creating wide overloads. To put it simply, Laimer is extremely comfortable with the ball at his feet, and also excellent at finding spaces.
(Essentially, a wide overload is when a central midfielder passes to a winger in a wide area.)
If you are already impressed by Laimer, the next quality of his will be the icing on the cake.
He’s incredibly press-resistant. He is just as good as evading the press as he is at pressing. He has the pace and energy to regain possession when he loses it and ALSO is brilliant at difficult situations.
His energy has drawn the admiration of fellow Austrian Marko Arnautovic: “I don’t know what he ate or had to drink beforehand. To cover that amount of ground is crazy. He has a huge future.”
Laimer doesn’t have very good passing statistics, which has to do with Leipzig’s vertical passing, something that we have seen in Bayern games ever since Julian Nagelsmann’s takeover.
Former Salzburg and Borussia Monchengladbach manager, Adi Hutter on Laimer: “He is incredibly aggressive on the ball, challenges opponents very hard and brings established professionals to the ground. He knows exactly what he wants.”
His stats (which can be accessed at FBref.com) are testament to his skills as a skilled, yet energetic beast of a midfielder.
Now, let’s address whether Laimer is a necessity for Bayern’s midfield, for which we will list out the problems with Bayern’s midfield and cite solutions for the same.
Problem: Constantly losing possession and not being able to regain
Solution: Laimer’s presence can certainly help; this has been explained in detail.
Problem: Passing has been terrible lately
Solution: This has a lot to do with the vertical passing system and Laimer probably won’t be of much help, since he isn’t exactly that great at passing himself.
Problem: Susceptible and vulnerable when being pressed
Solution: Laimer is, in all respects, both an excellent presser and a player that’s extremely press resistant.
(The other problems with the midfield such as fatigue and so on have more to do with the lack of squad rotation.)
Twist and shout? Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski to snub FC Barcelona and transfer to PSG
PSG might be looking to steal in and snatch Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski away from FC Barcelona at the last minute, according to Santi Aouna and Sebastien Denis of footmercato and captured by @iMiaSanMia. The saga surrounding Lewandowski has been rumbling on for months with no end in sight, yet there only ever seemed to be one club in for the reigning Best FIFA Men’s Player of 2021. That club is FC Barcelona. The report acknowledges this, but insists that PSG’s sporting advisor Kylian Mbappe Luis Campos is working very hard to convince the Polish striker to reject Barcelona’s contract offer and sign for the Parisian giants instead.
Key to this is Bayern’s asking price, which is said to be €50 million in one installment. With Barcelona’s much publicized financial woes, the club might not be able to afford or be willing to spend such a large transfer fee for a 33-year-old player. Money, of course, is not a barrier for PSG and they would seemingly be eager to partner Lewandowski up with the likes of Kylian Mbappe.
The natural contradiction in this article is that recent reports have emerged that Barcelona would be willing to meet Bayern’s asking price of €50 million. So take this rumor with a grain of salt. PSG face big odds in order to persuade Lewy to agree terms with them over Barcelona and table an acceptable bid before Barcelona bid an acceptable amount for Lewandowski. However, if Bayern truly does want to retain Lewandowski and the club drags its’ feet on any more Barcelona bids, PSG might just have enough time to convince Lewandowski to join Mbappe, Messi, Neymar and Co. at the French capital. In the wild world of today’s transfers, anything is possible.
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Roma seeking Sabitzer (Football Italia)
It looks like AS Roma is considering presenting a proposal to Bayern Munich for midfielder Marcel Sabitzer, whose career seems to be in limbo in Bavaria:
Roma have reportedly made the first approach for Bayern Munich midfielder Marcel Sabitzer. According to Tuttomercatoweb, Jose Mourinho has always been a fan of the Austria international and had also put his name on the wish-list when he first took the Giallorossi job last summer.
The 28-year-old has 64 senior caps for Austria, scoring 12 goals, and is under contract with Bayern Munich until June 2025. He was only purchased last year from RB Leipzig at a cost of €15m and Bayern reportedly want the same figure if they are to part with Sabitzer already.
In his debut season with the Bundesliga champions, he contributed one goal and one assist in 32 competitive games. Roma are revamping their midfield, already in advanced negotiations with Sassuolo for the return of Davide Frattesi, who was a product of the Giallorossi youth academy.
It just seems as if no one at Bayern Munich really has a plan for what to do with Sabitzer — and worse, maybe some of the higher-ups do not want him at the club any longer. With numerous reports indicating the club would like to sell him, nary a denial has been found. That is certainly something that Sabitzer has taken note of when assessing his options for next season.
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Tuchel pushing Chelsea for Lewy move? (ESPN)
Chelsea FC boss Thomas Tuchel wants Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski at his club. With Romelu Lukaku eyeing a move back to Inter Milan, Chelsea could ramp up its pursuit of the Poland international:
Chelsea are seeking a striker of their own to reshape their attack. Chelsea held an interest in Erling Haaland but were unable to compete with Manchester City due to sanctions blocking transfers imposed by the U.K. government arising from former owner Roman Abramovich’s alleged ties with Russia president Vladimir Putin.
Tuchel has long been an admirer of Lewandowski, who has confirmed his intention to leave Bayern Munich, and believes he would thrive in the Premier League despite turning 34 in August. The Poland international has been heavily linked with a €40m move to Barcelona with reports in Spain this week suggesting he has verbally agreed a deal, but a lack of funds is holding things up.
Several rivals are looking to pounce on any uncertainty with Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester United among the clubs linked with Lewandowski. Sources told ESPN that Tuchel has encouraged Chelsea to enter the running if there is any chance a deal can be done.
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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.