Onefootball captured a BILD report that states Bayern Munich has put in an initial offer to procure Jann-Fiete Arp.
Borussia Dortmund and Bayer Leverkusen have both been linked with Arp, but according to Wednesday’s edition of Bild, it is Bayern who have made a €2.5m offer. If he were to join Bayern now he would probably play for their U23 side in Germany’s fourth tier, so the German champions are said to be happy to see him remain at Hamburg to play regularly in the second division.
With just one year to go on his contract, Arp could move for free next summer, hence Bayern’s low offer. The 18-year-old is said to be determined to join Bayern and could happily wait another year before signing for them for free.
Arp is an immense talent and would be an excellent acquisition for Die Roten. As it appears Arp is also extremely keen on the idea of playing for Bayern, this could be one instance where the club has the luxury of exhibiting patience to ensure Arp is in the best spot for his own development for the 2018-2019 season.
An interesting piece of the story is that Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund are both lurking about the youngster as well. Arp would also be a huge acquisition for either club and is projecting to be among the next generation of Germany’s great talents.
Always looking to build and enhance his brand, Robert Lewandowski put out a video on his Twitter account focused on the loyalty and support of his friends. The video includes subtitles for English-only knuckleheads like myself.
Loyalty....uh, where was I? Oh yeah, The video is going to be part of a series for Lewandowski. If I was a total cynic, I would think that this video series would appear to be a chronicle leading up to a transfer. The video features a lot of input from Marcin ”Szyna”, Lewandowski’s friend and Chief of Security and is actually well done. The piece gives a unique insight into a guy that did not have a traditional path to the apex of the sport. Also, as a bonus, Lewandowski is shooting hoops and playing in a two-on-two game. His attire - a golf shirt! - does make me question the legitimacy of this competition. I will give him this, Lewy’s form on his jumper is actually really good.
Help me AC Milan, you’re my only hope!
One of the boxes to fill is that of the mezzala that can be a middle ground between Kessie and Bonaventura, as unveiled by Mirabelli a few weeks ago at Milan TV. In this sense, eye on the return of the name of Renato Sanches, that after the loan to Swansea - where he has collected just 12 appearances in the Premier League - he will return to Bayern Munich, but the feeling is that it will pass to Bavaria only and exclusively for bureaucratic reasons linked to the term of the loan.
Compared to a year ago, it is conceivable that Bayern’s requests could be easier to meet for a profile that Mirabelli has long liked and that would also have Gattuso’s approval. The price, moreover, is lowered by the fact that Sanches, after playing a starring European in 2016, has not been called for the world championship that takes place today (Gattuso and Mirabelli present in Russia-Saudi Arabia).
A move to Milan (or anywhere aside of Munich) sounds great for Sanches.
Upon returning to Borussia Dortmund after a largely uneventful and frustrating stint with Bayern Munich, it was thought that the Dortmund youth academy product, Mario Götze, would have a long and tenured stay with the team.
Götze’s unfortunate health issues and a revolving door of coaches, however, may have the 2014 World Cup hero looking elsewhere to rejuvenate his career.
Arsenal, Everton and West Ham are interested in bringing Borussia Dortmund’s Mario Gotze to the Premier League, Sky Sports News understands. The golden boy of Germany’s 2014 World Cup-winning team has struggled to maintain the form that took him from Dortmund to Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich in 2013. Sky Sports News understands Marseille and Valencia are also interested in signing the 26-year old, and Dortmund will be keen to recoup the vast majority of the £22m they paid Bayern last summer to bring him back to Signal Iduna Park.
Back in April, I started to get a feeling that Götze may need to make a move to help get his career back on track, but now reality may be overtaking speculation as Dortmund looks to rebuild its squad. Hopefully Götze regains the form that once made him regarded as one of Germany’s most prodigious talents.
Either these guys are taking an awkward promo photo for the World Cup or they just realized they were next to each other at one of the urinal troughs at Wrigley Field (serious question, are the troughs still at Wrigley? I haven’t been into Chicago for a game there in seven or eight years).
Paulo Dybala is a popular guy during this transfer window and Juventus seems accepting of the fact that he may be sold.
Juventus manager Massimiliano Allegri has revealed that Paulo Dybala could leave for Barcelona or Real Madrid this summer. In an interview that the Italian gave to Sky Sports recently, Allegri revealed that Dybala will want to leave next summer and could move to Real Madrid or Barcelona.
Allegri went on to say a little more about what other team aside of Barelona and Real Madrid that might be a landing spot for Dybala.
Would we wait for the World Championship to decide his future? No, it’s not like Higuain. I spoke to him before the holidays and his goal is to play another great season with us and then go to a great team to improve. If you play at Juventus you have three chances: Real, Barça or Bayern.
Presumably to do a little promotion for the upcoming International Champions Cup against Manchester City in Miami, Franck Ribery spent some time with former NFL star, Chad “Ochocinco” Johnson.