Spurs initially appeared to have suffered a blow in the race for the Turkey international as ESPN claimed that Bayern had become front-runners for his signature. However, Football London has reported that Under actually prefers the idea of a move to the Premier League - compared to ESPN’s report which simply states he was “keen” - an important point which could sway negotiations in favor of Tottenham.
That said, with Chelsea and Arsenal also said to be in the running, according to Football London, it looks as though it will be a London triple threat battle for Under’s much sought after services. Tuttomercatoweb have claimed that the attacking player has a price tag of €50m (£45m) and Roma are seemingly playing hardball over his value having reportedly already rejected a €32m (£27m) bid from the Gunners.
I feel confident in saying that there is 0% chance that Borussia Dortmund would sell Jadon Sancho to Die Roten.
According to Sport360, the reigning Champions League winners Real Madrid are keen to use Sancho as a linchpin in a new-look forward line. The report comes as both Karim Benzema and Gareth Bale are linked with transfers away from Spain next summer.
Another side interested in acquiring the services of the Englishman are Dortmund’s arch rivals Bayern Munich. Dortmund and Bayern, who take part in the ‘Der Klassiker’ derby, have been involved in several controversial transfers in recent seasons that created an imbalance in the fiercely contested rivalry.
Bayern has strung together solid performances since Niko Kovač had his double pivot epiphany, but at no point since Kovač made that move have the Bayern midfielders and defenders be tested like they will be today.
The back six, if you will, has the unenviable task of trying to slow down Luka Jović, Ante Rebić, and Sebastian Haller. Die Adler’s trio has been phenomenal on the season and has combined for 26 goals. Simply put, they have made life hell for many opponents this year. After a transition period, Eintracht Frankfurt has really embraced Adi Hütter’s tactics and is among the most dangerous teams in the league.
Kovač’s double pivot of Thiago Alcantara and Leon Goretzka will be tested today, as will the back line defenders, but this should be a game where Die Roten can show their true quality in all areas of the field.
Expect Die Adler to put some pressure on Bayern and to test the back line’s pace, but the Bavarian offensive unit of Robert Lewandowski, Thomas Müller, and whoever mans the wing (likely Franck Ribery and Kingsley Coman) will generate enough offense to make life a little bit easier for the boys in the back.
Prediction: Bayern Munich 3, Eintracht Frankfurt 1
If you missed our projected lineups, you can check them out here.
I...I don’t even know what to say.
What’s your favorite piece of football memorabilia? An autograph? Maybe a shirt worn by your favorite player? How about the DNA of your club captain? That is exactly what Swedish champions AIK are offering this Christmas.
For 3,499 Swedish krona (£307) fans can buy the crystallized DNA of club legend Nils-Eric Johansson, who was forced to retire in February because of a heart defect. The 38-year-old’s genetic make-up comes in a test tube and lasts for 500 years.
”It’s like Jurassic Park!” Johansson tells BBC Sport. “In 500 years, you might see a lot of Johanssons running around, who knows?” Johansson says technically he could be cloned, but a section of the DNA is removed to prevent “illicit or illegal behavior”.
”It is not 100% me; it is 99%. That 1% is very important for my own sake and protects my copyright to the DNA,” says the former Bayern Munich, Blackburn and Leicester defender. ”You would not be able to put my DNA on a crime scene for instance, as it would not match perfectly, so you could tell it wasn’t me.”