Real Madrid president Joan Laporta seems to appreciate his club being linked with the likes of Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Liverpool’s Mo Salah:
A radio interview that caused a stir: club president Joan Laporta spoke late Monday evening on “RAC1”, among other things, about possible star transfers. While Erling Haaland (Borussia Dortmund) apparently lacks pure enthusiasm for Barca, things are probably different with Bayern striker Robert Lewandowski and Mo Salah (Liverpool FC).
Laporta: “They are great players. All good footballers want to come to Barca. I’m not going to go into details. I don’t want to complicate things.” Lewandowski wanted to move to Catalonia.In conversation: a four-year contract, a transfer volume of around 60 million euros.
Bayern Munich prospect Christopher Scott has been linked with a free transfer to Celtic or Brentford, but the Bavarians have a trick up their sleeve.
Bayern Munich will trigger their option to extend Scott’s deal but will still be ready to sell him this summer if the right offer arises. Essentially, Bayern Munich are able to prevent losing Scott via a free transfer with this decision:
Celtic could land Christopher Scott for as little as £250,000 if he wins the race for ‘one of Germany’s greatest talents’.
Record Sport can reveal Bayern Munich will trigger the one-year option they have on their current deal, which ends in May, to ensure they don’t lose the teenage star for free.
But the Bundesliga giants are happy to let the attacking midfielder leave the Allianz Arena after that as the Germany Under-19 international seeks first-team football.
A source close to the negotiations told Record Sport: “Bayern Munich have the option to extend Christopher’s contract for one year and that is one-sided on the part of the club. Bayern Munich will not let him go for free because he is one of the biggest talents in Germany and it would cost him around €300,000-400,000. It’s all about finding the best solution for a young player. The option for his contract is at the end of May and will be picked up by Bayern Munich At the moment Bayern Munich are not well known for bringing players into the first team and Christopher is looking for a new challenge It is clear that Glasgow Celtic would be a massive option for him and they have been in talks but the English Premier League is also an option for someone who has huge talent Celtic are a strong suitor because they are a huge club and they are very serious about trying to sign it.
Sky’s Florian Plettenberg thinks Bayern Munich could ask for up to €1m for Scott:
Update #Scott: This is the most likely scenario! Bayern will withdraw the one-year option and sell him. They are expecting between €500,000 and €1m and could put in place a buyout clause. Bayern often do this with young players (Dayaku, Yeong). @SkySportsNews https://t.co/O6nzOhl7iG
— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) March 30, 2022
Just before the international break, Bayern Munich ousted Union Berlin in the Bundesliga, but there is no rest for the weary. The Bavarians will now face a pesky side from SC Freiburg, who are looking to hold on to a place in the top six.
Here’s what we have in store for this episode:
- An overview of the position of the two teams in the Bundesliga table.
- The incredible season (so far) for SC Freiburg.
- Why fans of the German national team might want to keep an eye out for Christian Gunter and Nico Schlotterbeck.
- A look at who could be in attendance this week for Bayern Munich and why some key players could receive the conservative treatment of Julian Nagelsmann.
- A guess on Nagelsmann’s line-up, why we expect the back three to return and how we might see Kingsley Coman at the back.
- A prediction on the match.
Bayern Munich could consider a transfer for Paris Saint-Germain defender and German international Thilo Kehrer in the summer of 2023:
His contract in the French capital expires in the summer of 2023, and at the moment it doesn’t look like Kehrer wants to extend it. FC Bayern has been doing business with him for a long time. The problem, however, is that any player who spent a few years at PSG doesn’t want to lose his very, very generous salary if he changes.
If the French still want to get a fee for Kehrer, they should sell him this summer. But the native of Tübingen does not want to take any risks a few months before the Winter Worlds in Qatar. In addition, free transfer is the new “hot currency” of any professional. Maybe Kehrer would be a problem for FC Bayern again in 2023.
I would take a hard pass on this. Kehrer may be versatile, but I don’t think he’s very good.
It was an international friendly, but it didn’t always look like it when Germany took on the Netherlands on their home turf in Amsterdam. Two former Bayern Munich managers went head-to-head and ended up splitting the spoils and both teams came out of the game with pros and cons to consider. Unlike the game against Israel, there was a lot to talk about this time around.
Here are our talking points from the game:
- Hansi Flick surprises everyone by not starting with a back-three after using it against Israel.
- How GOOD is Jamal Musiala? Just a looooong monologue on the incredible qualities of the German golden boy.
- Should Musiala move Leon Goretzka from the starting XI? A question for Bayern and Germany.
- Reviewing the rest of the strong performers – Leroy Sane, Thomas Muller, Timo Werner and Nico Schlotterbeck.
- Now let’s look at the bad ones – Florian Neuhaus, Julian Draxler and Julian Brandt. Yeah.
- Why Germany are nowhere near as deep as France and Hansi Flick should change his selection decisions.
- The changes Hansi can make to the Nations League roster, potentially putting Niklas Sule at right-back.
- David Raum didn’t look as hot as he did against Israel – who will be the starting LB in Qatar?
Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale could be considering a move to Cardiff City:
Gareth Bale hasn’t played at Real Madrid for almost two years. The Welshman is currently not part of coach Carlo Ancelotti’s plans and will leave Real Madrid on a free transfer next summer.
As The English Sun are now reporting, Cardiff City are interested in signing the 32-year-old. The prerequisite for a move to his hometown is the Welsh national team’s World Cup qualification.
If the ‘Dragons’ are out, Bale is expected to retire next summer. However, if they qualify for the final tournament, the four-time Champions League winners would like to sign a six-month contract at Cardiff in order to be ready for the World Cup in Qatar. At the latest after that, he will hang up his shoes.
You know how I feel about that… if Bale accepted a lower salary, he could bring his clubs to Bavaria.
We’re halfway through the international break and Bayern Munich fans don’t have much to say at the moment. Luckily Germany exists, otherwise we would have to cancel this podcast. Hansi Flick has just beaten Israel 2-0 with a group of fringe national team players, and since it’s a World Cup year and there’s still the match against the Netherlands, there’s a lot to to say. Of course, there were also transfer rumours.
In this episode, Tom and Ineednoname discuss:
- The strange configuration of Germany against Israel.
- How individual players have played, especially guys like Havertz, Werner, Musiala, Raum and Schlotterbeck.
- Has Hansi Flick copied Julian Nagelsmann’s three-back style setup with Germany?
- How will Hansi Flick line up the defense in Qatar? Who plays right back? Does Hansi have a problem with Baku?
- What kind of setup will we see for the Netherlands game? Should Julian Weigl continue to play for Germany?
- Is Noussair Mazraoui worth the money offered by Bayern?
- Bayern Munich’s new relationship with Raiola and how it affects transfers going forward.
- Why Matthias Ginter doesn’t seem like a serious target for Bayern.
- How Mazraoui would be used by Nagelsmann.
Bologna outside full-back Aaron Hickey has been regularly linked with Bayern Munich but could receive a nice package from Newcastle United:
Newcastle are interested in signing Bologna full-back Aaron Hickey. The potential fee of £15-20m isn’t an issue, he’s seen as one of the top talents – but other clubs are watching closely. #NUFC
Hickey has played more minutes than any other teenager in Europe’s top five leagues this season. pic.twitter.com/PVM8Jn6tGu
— Fabrice Romano (@FabrizioRomano) March 30, 2022
PSV Eindhoven’s Cody Gakpo could be ready to join Arsenal FC:
Regardless of interest in him from the Allianz Arena, Gakpo has been urged to reject a move to Bavaria in favor of a move to the Emirates Stadium by former PSV and Ajax star Kenneth Perez.
As quoted by ESPN, the Dane said: “It [Arsenal] would be a very good club for him. They are of course no longer the Arsenal of old and they are between fifth and tenth place. They’re still not there, but you just can’t watch the league standings. Last year they finished tenth. If they have a good year, they will finish fourth.
Sport1 added additional context:
Arsenal are looking for reinforcements on the wing in the Dutch league.
The Gunners are interested in signing Cody Gakpo from PSV Eindhoven, Mail Online report. The 22-year-old comes from PSV’s youth team and has scored 16 goals and another 15 goals in 37 games this season.
According to the report, Eindhoven officials are ready to let Gakpo go for a reasonable fee next summer. The left wing will cost almost 50 million euros. As well as Arsenal, Liverpool and Barcelona are interested in the 22-year-old. According to Voetbal International, however, the ‘Gunners’ have the best chance of signing.
Gakpo would be an unnecessary expense at this point for Bayern Munich, so Arsenal look to be a better shot and in good shape overall.