The English Premier League is a tough environment for any coach to assert himself and new Arsenal skipper Unai Emery is looking to get a little help from a fellow Frenchman. Specifically, the former Paris Saint-Germain coach is looking to bring in Bayern Munich dynamo Kingsley Coman to positively impact his lineup.
He missed the World Cup with the France team, deprived of competition on the last weeks of the season by injury. Kingsley Coman, the striker at Bayern Munich, could still enjoy the offseason to change the air and discover a new championship. After Ligue 1 with his training club, Paris Saint-Germain, Serie A with Juventus Turin, then the Bundesliga, the finalist of Euro 2016 with the Blues could go to the assault of the Premier League.
Because according to the British tabloids, Unai Emery, now stationed at Arsenal, would be seduced by the qualities of the international tricolor. The Gunners could even offer a transfer fee of around 50 million euros for a player landed in Bavaria against 28 million.
It’s hard pressed to think that Bayern would be willing to let Coman walk, especially with Arjen Robben and Franck Ribery nearing the end of their run with the club, but that probably won’t stop Emery from throwing out a couple of feelers to see what it would take to bring in Coman.
In a move that would just be odd...Bayern has been linked to Three Lions goalkeeper and Everton man, Jordan Pickford.
German giants Bayern Munich are one of the big boys keen — but David Moyes reckons Pickford would be stupid not to continue to learn his trade at Goodison Park. The ex-Everton and Sunderland boss blooded the youngster during his time at the Stadium of Light, with Pickford making a £30million switch to Everton at the end of the 2016-17 season. Moyes — who made Pickford his Sunderland No1 ahead of Vito Mannone when he was only 22 — said: “I think Everton is the right club for Jordan. It’s a big club, he’s only just moved and I would say to him it would be stupid to even consider another move if there was to be an option for him.
Aside of that, my favorite part of the piece was this:
Moyes believes Pickford could be England’s No.1 for the next decade — providing he maintains his professionalism on and off the pitch. When he was at Sunderland, the Scot warned his stopper — who enjoyed a drink and junk food — to keep an eye on his diet.
I mean, who DOESN’T enjoy a drink or junk food (or both...we don’t judge).
Anyway, with Manuel Neuer, Sven Ulreich, and keeper of the future, Christian Früchtl, all rostered; a move for Pickford - despite his obvious talent - would seem a bit redundant and unnecessary. Unless, of course, the philosophy of Niko Kovač calls for a team comprised completely of central midfielders and goalkeepers.
In his Sky Sports column (captured by Sport.de), Lothar Matthäus gave his thoughts that about four players he thinks the club should pursue.
“The first thing that comes to my mind is Paulo Dybala. Karl-Heinz Rummenigge called this player when he was approached and had to name a star that he liked.”
For Matthew, a transfer of the DFB kicker “Bayern-like” would be: “German, young, versatile, fast,” the TV expert listed the merits of the 24-year-old and added: “And if you trust him, like Jogi at the Confed Cup, Draxler is a great player. “
Julian Brandt and Timo Werner
Most recently, the 57-year-old named two other internationals, who were also rumored to have been linked to Bayern by other sources: Timo Werner and Julian Brandt. Werner’s contract ends in the summer after next, and Brandt has sent a clear signal by 2021 with his recent contract extension.
Transfermarkt took at look at 24 players who participated in the World Cup and analyzed how much their respective value changed. Below, we took a look at a couple of players, who have been linked to Bayern Munich:
- Ante Rebić, Croatia / Eintracht Frankfurt: Increase from €10M to €30M
This makes sense. To a lot of people not quite familiar with the Bundesliga, Rebić was probably a bit of an unknown, but his pace, relentless pressure, and physical play on the wing clearly made him more popular with how he performed for Croatia.
- Benjamin Pavard, France / VfB Stuttgart: Increase from €30M to €40M
Pavard scored one of the best goals of the tourney as his screamer against Argentina helped open some eyes. Overall, Pavard estbalished himself as capable playing against some of the world’s best. Of course, if the rumors are to be believed, Pavard is already heading to Munich in 2019 when Bayern exercises his €35M buyout clause.
Bayern players listed included:
- Robert Lewandowski, Poland: Decrease from €90M to €85M
- James Rodriguez, Columbia: Increase from €70M to €80M
- Thomas Muller, Germany: Decrease from €60M to €55M
- Niklas Süle, Germany: Increase from €38M to €45M
It’s an exciting time as the season draws closer and the Frauen will open their quest for a league crown on September 16th (2PM) at Bayer Leverkusen.
Note: On the 16th of September, ( 2 pm) the #FCBFrauen away against Leverkusen will start in the new season of the Allianz Women’s Bundesliga. #DieLiga #afbl
It #FCBU19 will start on 11 August away at last year’s South German champion TSG 1899 Hoffenheim. #packmas #FCBayernCampus
As part of its efforts to reach out to American fans, Bayern Munich is doing a lot of events in the areas surrounding the host cities Philadelphia and Miami. Camden, New Jersey sits just a short ride over the Benjamin Franklin Bridge from Philadelphia and is one of the more economically distressed areas in New Jersey.
Seeing a chance to impact that community, Bayern stepped up. Bayern and the Rachel & Drew Katz Foundation teamed up last week to offer youngsters aged 8-14 years old from Camden’s Promise Charter School soccer clinics ahead of the game against Juventus on Wednesday July 25th at Lincoln Financial Field.
The Camden Promise students enjoyed soccer drills and mini games and learned to play “the Bayern way,” just like German superstars Thomas Müller, Mats Hummels and Bastian Schweinsteiger per FCBayern.com.
“This is such an incredible opportunity for some of our young people,” commented Katz Foundation Founder Drew Katz. “Most of the students who took part may have never played soccer before let alone had a clinic with a coach from a world-famous club. It’s great to see a team like FC Bayern support the local community in this way,” he added.
Katz and his wife Rachel established the Foundation with a stated goal of creating “infinite possibilities” for those in need while striving to make a lasting difference in the lives of families in the greater Camden area and beyond. Bayern was happy to help Katz work to fulfill that goal.
“At FC Bayern, we don’t believe in coming in for a game and leaving,” said FC Bayern Munich’s President of the Americas, Rudolf Vidal. “We are committed to making a positive and lasting difference in the communities we visit. That is why we were so pleased to team up with the Rachel & Drew Katz Foundation to help support the great work they are doing with young people in Camden.”