Thomas Tuchel spurned Bayern due to his gut feeling (Sport 1)
Thomas Tuchel was considered one of the favorites to succeed Jupp Heynckes at Bayern Munich. In what some considered a surpusing turn of events, Tuchel turned down the job offer and elected to leave the friendly confines of the Bundesliga for Ligue 1 power Paris Saint-Germain.
At Sport 1 Tuchel said before the friendly against the Munich in the International Champions Cup: “After my break in Dortmund was for me quickly determined that I want to go abroad with my staff, if I have the opportunity.”
As a student, he had “never dared to spend a semester abroad,” said Tuchel. “After that I was fast youth coach.” When PSG’s offer came, he saw his chance come. Tuchel spoke of “my first gut feeling, which I trusted”.
Maybe Bayern ended up okay after all?
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Bayern, Chelsea to do battle over Anthony Martial (The Sunday Times)
The Anthony Martial rumors has re-surfaced and now Bayern Munich will allegedly be squaring off with Chelsea to compete for the skilled Frenchman’s services.
Chelsea are working to sign Anthony Martial from Manchester United as a replacement for Eden Hazard, who has asked to leave Stamford Bridge for Real Madrid. Having rejected the offer of an improved contract at Old Trafford, Martial is also wanted by Bayern Munich.
Neither Chelsea nor Bayern want to meet United’s £89.3m (€100m) valuation of the France international. United have an option to extend the 22-year-old’s contract, which has 12 months remaining, for an additional season, but Jose Mourinho is open to selling Martial and recruiting a specialist winger.
Honestly, €100M seems a bit steep for Martial with consideration to Bayern’s spending habits. Yes, he’s young and talented, but Bayern has not shown the willingness to dole out that much cash for anyone as of yet. After all, if reports are true, Die Roten passed on Jann-Fiete Arp over €2.5M.
Bayern also in on Gonzalo Higuain (Calcio Mercato)
In addition to battling Chelsea for Martial, reports out of Italy and Spain are stating that Bayern will scrap with The Blues, Tottenham Hotspur, and Napoli for the services of Gonzalo Higuain.
Fichajes.net confirms what Calciomercato.com exclusively reported earlier this week. Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain, in fact, is wanted by Chelsea, Bayern Munich and Tottenham. The Blues are in pole position to sign the Argentinean striker but their Premier League rivals and the Germans have also made contact with Juventus to ask information about the former Napoli striker. According to Sky Sport, AC Milan are also monitoring ‘El Pipita’ who can leave Juve for €60 million.
Higuain would be a tough fit with the Bayern roster as it is presently setup. At 30 years old, Higuain is certainly not someone who would be looking for a reserve role just yet, so it would seem Bayern may be the least likely of all the teams listed above just given the squad’s depth and current roster composition.
Juventus still watching Jerome Boateng from afar (Calcio Mercato)
Multiple reports have stated that Jerome Boateng has an opportunity to shop himself on the open market. With a high profile and valuable skill-set, it is a little curious why there has not been more movement on Boateng.
Juventus are reportedly interested in signing Bayern Munich star defender Jerome Boateng. According to Tuttosport, the Old Lady’s good relationship with Bayern Munich could give Juve an helping hand in the pursuit of the Germany center back. Boateng is reportedly willing to leave Bayern Munich this summer and Juve may need a new defender in case they sell (Daniele) Rugani to Chelsea.
Clearly, the center back is still a valuable asset to Bayern, so perhaps the reports of Die Roten’s willingness to sell have been overblown; but if Boateng really can leave, the list of potential bidders seems to be growing by the day.
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Bayern taking a close look at French U-19 goalkeeper (BeIN Sports)
Aside of the midfield, another area where Bayern is very deep is goalkeeper. That won’t stop the club front office from scoping talent and seeing if it can get even deeper.
At 19, Yehvann Diouf could experience a turning point in his career. Currently under contract with ESTAC until June 2019, the goalkeeper is followed by Bayern Munich and Tottenham according to our exclusive information. Representatives of both clubs even wathed him in Finland, where the Euro U-19 takes place.
Per Transfermarkt, the ES Troyes AC (ESTAC) goalkeeper is valued at £135k, so it would not be a bank account-breaking deal should Die Roten opt to pull the trigger on an offer.
It has been a crazy year for Chris Richards and there is still plenty left (@FutureUsmnt)
Chris Richards has had a wild 2018 so far:— Future USMNT (@FutureUsmnt) July 21, 2018
-Named U18/U19 DA Central Conference Player of the Year
-Loaned to Bayern
-Plays with Bayern's U19s
-Trains with the Bayern Munich First Team
-Plays 30 minutes with Bayern's First Team vs. PSG
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