The Bavarians just another bayern site Wed, 01 Aug 2018 13:28:59 +0000 en-US hourly 1 119167188 Five big transfers that could still happen in the transfer window Wed, 01 Aug 2018 13:28:59 +0000 The transfer window will close this month. As such, a frenzied orgy of buying, loaning and selling is expected to be the dominant topic for the next 30 days.

The August rush will be even more frantic this month. This is because of the decision of the Premier League (the top buying league) to shut its transfer window on August 10th, 21 full days before the rest of Europe.

This has automatically placed English clubs at a disadvantage as they will be forced to buy high (for desired targets) and sell low (to balance the books) to clubs on the continent.

Given the changes in management that have happened at many European sides: Real Madrid, Chelsea, PSG, Bayern Munich amongst others, these teams are yet to make significant moves in the market.

All that will change as August represents the last chance saloon for everyone.

A deluge of transfers is set to happen with some very tantalizing prospects already being mentioned in the press. Here is a look at 5 big moves that could still happen:

Jerome Boateng to PSG from Bayern 

Bayern is a team in need of regeneration and the team’s board knows this better than most. The last couple of easily-won Bundesliga titles have failed to mask the fact that the team has been on a downward slide since the last season with Pep Guardiola at the helm.

Given the team’s refusal to compete with English clubs to pay high prices, there is a need to sell before purchases can be made.

One asset who can still fetch a tidy sum and whose exit won’t be felt so much is Jerome Boateng. The German international has been immensely successful since he joined the Bavarian giants from Manchester City.

However, injuries have contributed to a huge dip in form (his World Cup performance will attest to this). Coupled with the fact that his backup; Niklas Süle is also top-quality; selling Boateng doesn’t look so silly after all.

New PSG manager Thomas Tuchel is a huge admirer of the World Cup winner and ideally sees him as the ball-playing option to partner either Marquinhos or Thiago Silva.

Valued at €50m, the centre-back himself has given feelers that he wouldn’t mind a new challenge and it’s a deal that should be beneficial to all parties involved.

Fullbacks for Manchester United

Manchester United may not win the titles they crave for; Premier League and UEFA Champions League if they do not improve on the personnel manning the fullback positions.

Last season, the first choice fullbacks are converted wingers; captain Antonio Valencia and Ashley Young who are in their thirties.

While both men performed admirably, their quality is not comparable to the players possessed by both Premier League rivals and fellow European giants.

Real Madrid has Dani Carvajal and Marcelo, Manchester City has the trio of Danilo, Benjamin Mendy, and Kyle Walker while Bayern Munich has David Alaba and Joshua Kimmich. These are the types of modern-day fullbacks that clubs who win things have: fast, intelligent and able to perform effectively in different systems.

Mourinho has moaned about this on a number of occasions. While the signing of Portuguese teenager Diogo Dalot from FC Porto is a step in the right direction, much more is needed.

Matteo Darmian and Luke Shaw seem to be on their way out (Daley Blind has already left). This would leave the Red Devils short in both quality and numbers. A number of high quality and high priced options have been linked to the club: Alex Sandro (Juventus) features prominently on the list.

A defensive midfielder for Manchester City

First, it was Fred, then Jorginho. For months on end, the Cityzens had been linked to these two players as the long-term replacements for aging midfielder Fernandinho.

Probably due to the prices they were quoted or over-confidence on their part, Guardiola’s team has lost out to domestic rivals for the duo.

Manchester United and Jose Mourinho got Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk and Jorginho followed Maurizio Sarri to Chelsea from Napoli.

This means Manchester City will go into the new season with the same set of midfielders who broke all records in the Premier League last season. They are also the same set of midfielders who got knocked out of the Champions League by Liverpool.

In football, standing still is the same as going back, something Guardiola knows better than other people. Therefore, a central midfielder to rotate with Fernandinho is still a priority for the Catalan genius.

Young starlet Claudio Gomes (signed from PSG) & Brazilian Douglas Luiz (who spent last season on loan at Girona) are out-of-the-box options.

However, the evidence still points to a last dip into the market before the window is shut with Mario Lemina (Southampton), Marco Kovacic (Real Madrid) and Miralem Pjanic (Juventus) among the options linked to the club.

Luka Modric to Inter Milan

Quality, world-class central midfielders have become precious commodities in world football. Thanks in part to the successes of the Xavi-Sergio Busquets-Andres Iniesta triangle for Spain and FC Barcelona, the central midfielder has been rightfully elevated to god-status in football.

This informs why Inter Milan and manager Luciano Spalleti are very interested in getting a classy midfielder to become the controller the team desperately needs.

The current options with the exception of Borja Valero are either too defensive-minded (Matias Vecino, Roberto Gagliardini), too attack minded (Radja Naingolaan) or not good enough (Joao Mario).

This has necessitated the need for the team to get in a controller who would dictate the tempo, create chances from deep and carry the ball forward.

Madrid’s Modric stands all on his own at this. The classy Croatian has been instrumental in Los Merengues’ 4 UCL triumphs since he joined from Tottenham Hotspurs in 2013.

He was the outstanding player at the last World Cup (won the MVP award) and like Cristiano Ronaldo, might not be averse to switching to a less-pressurized (but still top-level side like Inter Milan).

With Kovacic and Dani Ceballos chomping at the bits for ample game time, Madrid manager Julen Lopetegui might not be averse to a Modric sale. Everything will depend on how much Real supremo Florentino Perez can get from the deal as no figures have been mentioned yet.

Eden Hazard and Thibault Courtois to Real Madrid

That these moves have not happened is surprising given the many news stories that have emerged about them.

Both players had been linked to the reigning European champions for a number of years now. The state of affairs at Chelsea: uncertainty over the future of Antonio Conte and the continued ownership/funding by Roman Abrahmovic added fuel to the rumours.

Even with the appointment of Maurizio Sarri and seeming return to normalcy at Stamford Bridge, these reports have refused to go away.

It is almost certain that Courtois would leave the club. He has one year left on his contract and has never hidden his thoughts about how much he wants to be paid. This has left the Blues scrambling to sign a replacement before authorizing the reported £35m sale.

That of Hazard is less straightforward. With the exit of Ronaldo, the Belgian superstar has been seen as the right replacement for the Portuguese G.O.A.T. However, Chelsea is well aware of Hazard’s abilities and have resisted all overtures so far.

A world-record €225m has been mentioned and while Madrid certainly has the means, the willingness to pay that fee may be an issue.

RUMMENIGGE: Pavard not needed as Boateng replacement Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:57:44 +0000 Bayern will not sign Benjamin Pavard even if Jerome Boateng leaves for Paris Saint-Germain, according to chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

The Bundesliga champions have been strongly linked with World Cup winner Pavard, a player Niko Kovac admires.

Rumours of their interest have been tied to reports of Germany mainstay Boateng’s likely move to PSG, which would rob Bayern’s defence of 76 caps worth of international experience.

Rummenigge, however, insists the versatile Pavard, who has spent the past two seasons with Stuttgart, is not required as a replacement.

“No. We have [Mats] Hummels, we have [Niklas] Sule, we have [Javi] Martinez who can play in central defence, [David] Alaba and two young players, Lukas Mai and Chris Richards,” the former West Germany forward told Sport Bild.

“There is a lot of quality.”

Rummenigge’s comments came after he had forcefully denied Robert Lewandowski would be sold, insisting the club would reject offers of up to €150million.

Head coach Kovac has also affirmed his desire to keep the prolific Poland striker at Allianz Arena.

“I predict today: Lewandowski will play a super season and surpass his [single-season] goal record of 30 [league] goals at Bayern Munich. He’ll accelerate like never before,” Rummenigge said.

Bayern commence their Bundesliga title defence at home to Hoffenheim on August 24.

RB Leipzig want Bayern star Wed, 01 Aug 2018 12:14:38 +0000 RB Leipzig has reportedly decided to throw out its own internal policies in hopes of procuring the services of Bayern’s defensive midfielder Sebastian Rudy.

Per a report by Sport Bild, Leipzig is serious about making an offer to Bayern to bring in the German international. With this type of pursuit, Ralf Rangnick, who is currently filling a dual role as sporting director and coach, must have a strong feeling that Rudy can be an impactful player for Die Roten Bullen.

After SPORT BILD information, there was already first contact with Rudy’s management, which did not want to comment on the plans on request. Behind the scenes Rangnick is already exploring the possibility of changing his ex-player. Rangnick brought Rudy in 2010 from VfB Stuttgart to Hoffenheim. Nagelsmann attested to Rudy at the TSG once the “decider gene”.

RB would even break his transfer philosophy once. The Leipzig guard rails provide for an upper salary limit of around four million euros and an age limit of up to 24 years. Rudy is already 28 years old. In addition, his annual salary in Munich is over four million euros, since he came from Hoffenheim on a free transfer in 2017. For less, the Munich would certainly not sign.

With a young, athletic, and hungry core group of players, RB Leipzig could benefit from the veteran presence, leadership, and attention to detail of the 28-year old midfielder. At times last season, Leipzig was defensively absent as it pressed forward without much regard for eventually having to stop its opposition.

For Rudy, the move would represent more playing time and a salary increase. Rudy’s currently salary is roughly €3.48M, so the move would possibly represent a boost of over €500K annually if the report is accurate.

NO Bayern move for Pavard but Boateng heading to PSG Wed, 01 Aug 2018 11:56:03 +0000 Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has ruled out a move for France’s World Cup winner Benjamin Pavard and left the door open for Jerome Boateng to leave the Bundesliga champions.

Defender Pavard has been linked with a move away from Stuttgart after starring as Les Bleus went all the way in Russia.

Bayern were thought to be leading the chasing for the 22-year-old but Rummenigge, who said they would consider a “serious offer” for reported Paris Saint-Germain target Boateng, insisted the club are well stocked defensively.

“We have (Mats) Hummels, (Niklas) Sule, (Javi) Martinez who can play in central defence, (David) Alaba and two young players, Lukas Mai and Chris Richards. There are many qualities.”


Bayern boss Ozil’s agent for stirring up claims of racism Tue, 31 Jul 2018 23:22:39 +0000 CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge has taken another shot at Mesut Ozil after the Arsenal star retired from Germany duty amid claims of “racism” and “disrespect”.

Ozil announced the decision in the third part of a lengthy statement released on his Twitter account, with the first part explaining the reasoning behind his controversial photograph with Turkey president Recep Erdogan and the second update criticising how the media and sponsors reacted to the incident.

The controversy over Ozil after Germany failed to make it out of the group stage at the World Cup in Russia has continued, with the likes of Lothar MatthausUli Hoeness and the German Football Federation (DFB) responding harshly to his claims.

Ozil’s agent, Dr Erkut Sogut, hit back at “foolish” comments Hoeness in the wake of the Arsenal star’s decision to retire from international football with Germany. Erkut, as part of a larger statement, told Goal: “The comments of Mr Hoeness miss the point completely, as they have absolutely nothing to do with football. He is trying to divert attention away from the real issue, the issue of racism and discrimination in Germany, which is resurging once again within everyday German society.”

Rummenigge has now added more fuel to the fire, claiming that the agent’s comments are false and that the 29-year-old was not attacked because of his heritage.

“He was not criticised because he has Turkish heritage,” Rummenigge told Sport Bild. “That is a tale that his agents tell us.

“And that is something that annoys me more and more recently. Nowadays agents do many interviews and statements. Sometimes it is like a fairy tale audition.”

The Bayern CEO also backed Hoeness and his claims that the Bundesliga side never felt he was a top player.

“Mesut Ozil was never a player that we dealt with [as a potential signing] at one percent. Never,” he said

“When we played in London, Uli always said: ‘I hope he plays tonight.'”

Bayern star will not be sold even for €150m, says Rummenigge Tue, 31 Jul 2018 22:13:34 +0000 Bayern will not sell Robert Lewandowski, even if a bid of €150million is made, according to chairman Karl-Heinz Rummenigge.

Head coach Niko Kovac admitted this week that the striker is considering the prospect of leaving the club after four successful years at the Allianz Arena.

Real Madrid have been linked with the 29-year-old for some time, while Maurizio Sarri has reportedly identified him as a top Chelsea target during the final nine days of the Premier League’s transfer window.

However, Rummenigge insists there is no amount of money that could be offered that will make Bayern change their stance on the Poland international, who has three years left on his contract.

“With Robert, we clearly want to send a signal to people within and outside the club: Bayern Munich are completely different to other clubs who get weak when certain sums come along,” he told TZ.

“We want to show that our door remains closed. We are completely satisfied with him, and, in his position, there are only a few players who are comparable.

“We have no interest in selling him and it does not matter if somebody offers 100 or 150million. The top quality we have stays with us.”

Lewandowski has won four Bundesliga titles, two DFL-Supercups and the DFB-Pokal since joining Bayern from Borussia Dortmund in 2014.

He has finished as top goalscorer in Germany’s top flight in three of the last five seasons, including 2017-18, in which he scored 29 league goals.

Turner Sports unveils potentially disastrous Champions League plans for Bayern Tue, 31 Jul 2018 22:05:29 +0000 There’s been a lot of consternation over recent months when it was announced that Turner Sports would be getting the English-language USA television and streaming rights to the UEFA Champions League and the UEFA Europa League. While many people have their gripes with the way that Fox Sports handles the sport, the games were broadly accessible. Would Turner maintain that same degree of availability?

The answer is a resounding “No.”

Turner released their plans for Europe’s two biggest club competitions, and it sure is terrible if you wanted to only watch games on TV through your cable/satellite provider and not pay for a separate streaming service. A year after Fox aired 146 Champions League games and 205 Europa League games, Turner will air just 47 games. Total. For both competitions.

Here’s how the Champions League games break down:

Group Stage: Tuesday, Sept. 18, through Wednesday, Dec. 12, with weekly matches held Tuesdays and Wednesdays at 12:55 p.m. and 3 p.m. All matches will be available on B/R Live, with one match per game window (two each day) televised on TNT.

Round of 16: Tuesday, Feb. 12, through Wednesday, March 13, with matches on B/R Live and TNT each Tuesday and Wednesday at 3 p.m.

Quarterfinals: Tuesday-Wednesday, April 9-10 and April 16-17, with live coverage on B/R Live and TNT at 3 p.m.

Semifinals: Tuesday-Wednesday, April 30-May 1 and May 7-8, with matches on B/R Live and TNT at 3 p.m.

Final: Saturday, June 1, at 3 p.m. on B/R Live and TNT

Obviously, the only question that needs to be asked here is “What does this mean for Bayern Munich?”

As of now, it’s hard to tell. The programming directors at Turner will get to pick and choose every single day which games will make it to television. Will those executives pick Bayern over Juventus, Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester CityManchester UnitedLiverpool, and Tottenham? That’s what this all comes down to now. The whim of a television executive.

I know that this news would be very disturbing if I were a fan of Borussia Dortmund, Schalke, or Hoffenheim. They better hope they get a good group with a couple of the English and Spanish teams.

On the positive side, it does appear that they’re committing to actual studio shows.

B/R Football Matchday: One-hour pre-match show airing at noon ET on UEFA Champions League match days

B/R Football Halftime: Halftime show during UEFA Champions League matches

B/R Football Extra Time: A bridge show airing on TNT in between UEFA Champions League matches

B/R Football Postmatch: A 30-minute post-match show recapping the day’s UEFA Champions League action

As for fans of the Europa League, you will only be able to watch the Final on television. That’s right. The only Europa League game that will be shown on television this year will be the Final. If you want to watch any of the other games, you’ll have to watch via their streaming service.

They are offering their streaming service B/R Live for $2.99 per match, $9.99 per month, or $79.99 per year. They will stream it through the website or on the app which is available in all major app stores. So, while you will be able to watch everything in English, if you’re a fan of certain teams, you’re going to have to pay extra to do it.

Bayern and PSG on the verge of agreement for super star Tue, 31 Jul 2018 21:55:55 +0000 Things have really picked up for Bayern Munich in the transfer department in the past week. Last Wednesday, the Bavarians made their first purchase of the summer, securing Canadian wonderkid Alphonso Davies from Vancouver Whitecaps.

Yesterday, reports from Italy emerged, suggesting Inter Milan had made an acceptable offer to Bayern for the services of Arturo Vidal. Jerome Boateng, who has long been on the hot list of Paris Saint-Germain as a favorite of Thomas Tuchel, could become the second star to leave the German champions this summer.

According to reports from France (both Paris United and Culture PSG), PSG have nearly settled a deal with Bayern for the center-back’s services. The clubs are in “advanced talks” that could be completed as soon as tomorrow.

The French champions have already come to an agreement with Boateng over his contract and salary, after his agent met with PSG’s sporting director to negotiate. All that’s left now is for the two clubs to come to an agreement on a price.

Culture PSG speculates that the defenders transfer could cost Paris around €50 million, but the club’s sporting director is actively trying to lower that pricetag.

Selling Boateng would likely be a divisive move among the Bavarian faithful. The Germany international has proven himself one of the best defenders in the world since joining Bayern Munich.

However, injuries and a lack of consistent playing time have caused his form to take a dip recently. Boateng has spent a significant chunk of time on the sidelines in each of the past two seasons. When he has been fit, Boateng has shown only glimpses of the supreme talent that put him among the elite defenders of the world.

If Bayern do allow Boateng to leave for PSG, they may opt to move for Stuttgart defender Benjamin Pavard this summer. The Frenchman is rumored to have an agreement with the Bavarians that would see him join the club next summer. However, Boateng’s departure would leave Mats Hummels and Niklas Sule as the only two experienced central defenders, though defensive midfielder Javi Martinez is more than capable of filling in if needed, as is David Alaba.

TOP 8 football clubs with the largest fan base worldwide Tue, 31 Jul 2018 13:17:35 +0000 Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi rivalry had a massive impact on both of their respective clubs following around the world.

Competing for the titles in Spain and Europe, signing high-profile players, biggest sport sponsorship deals or the social media presence; Barcelona and Real Madrid are always leading.

Here is the TOP 8 football clubs with the largest fan base worldwide.

Bayern agree to sell Arturo Vidal to Inter Tue, 31 Jul 2018 13:00:42 +0000 Latest reports claim that Bayern have reportedly accepted Inter’s offer for midfielder Arturo Vidal.

CEO Karl Heinz Rummenigge had yesterday confirmed that the club could be willing to part ways with Vidal this summer and Inter had previously drawn links with the player.

SportMediaSet report that Inter’s offer for Vidal has been accepted by Bayern and the player is set to join the San Siro based side this summer.

The nerazzurri’s offer is a loan one but includes the right of making it a permanent one for about 20 million euros in the coming few months, with the player’s contract at the Bavarian side set to expire next summer. But Vidal will sign an extension with Bayern before he joins Inter on loan.

The loan deal will help Inter evade FFP restrictions and problems and Vidal has been offered a wage of 4.5 million euros per season by Luciano Spalletti’s men.