As we covered here yesterday, Sebastian Rudy was reportedly spotted at the RB Leipzig training grounds on Friday. A move to RB Leipzig, however, may require some creativity per kicker because Leipzig is still trying to procure Everton’s Ademola Lookman:
On account of FFP, the club cannot afford any additional signing for 20 million euros. It is conceivable in the case of Rudy (contract at Bayern until 2020) that RB might seek a one-year loan with a purchase option.
In addition, the move for Rudy is considered a precursor to next year when Julian Nagelsmann bring his brand of football to Leipzig. Rudy, who starred under Nagelsmann for Hoffenheim, could be a vital cog to ensure Nagelsmann transition is truly a soft landing:
The facts are: Leipzig is still looking for a successor to Liverpool midfield mastermind Naby Keita. Rudy, who has a very good passing game, fits the required profile very well. In light of the surfeit of midfielders at Bayern, the World Cup participant has to be concerned about playing time with his current employer. At the Supercup, he spent 90 minutes on the bench. In Leipzig, in contrast, he would play a key role. From his time at Hoffenheim, particularly under the future RB coach Julian Nagelsmann, Rudy is perfectly familiar Leipzig’s playing style.
RB Leipzig may be able to hold on to its dynamic striker, Timo Werner, a little longer as it looks like the speedster is going to extend his contract. No official details have been confirmed at this point, but it can be widely assumed that Werner probably didn’t foresee his summer playing out as it did.
A horrendous team failure aside, Werner was considered one of Germany’s brightest young stars and on the verge of a major breakthrough entering the summer. The World Cup was set to be the stage where soccer fans globally learned his name. Unfortunately for Werner, Germany tanked and despite some inspired play individually, the overall devastation of Germany’s poor performance covered every member of its roster like a dark cloud, including the 22-year old.
Bayern Munich certainly dropped the revenge hammer on Eintracht Frankfurt in its 5-0 DFL-Supercup win. Here are some quick hitters on the contest:
- Robert Lewandowski was as dominant as Bayern needs him to be. After months upon months of transfer rumors, the Polish Hitman ditched all of his exit plans and actually looked free from any previous weight on shoulders. Dare I say it, he looked happy to be out there for Bayern.
- Thomas Müller was creative and aggressive. When the Bayern offense is at its most productive, Müller is confident and assertive. Yesterday, he filled that role for Die Roten.
- Thiago Alcantara and Javi Martinez completely bossed the midfield. The midfield depth is superb. If no one transfers away — including the possibly outgoing Sebastian Rudy — can Niko Kovač develop a rotation to keep everyone healthy and happy?
- Niklas Süle didn’t look like anyone’s understudy. As opposed to the central midfield, however, the center backs seem a little easier to manage for Kovač.
- The wings and outside backs were superb. David Alaba’s injury does not appear to be anything too serious, so maybe Bayern caught a little luck with an injury for once?
- The depth on this squad is insane.
- Eintracht Frankfurt is not as bad as it looked. I think the squad will settle in nicely when Ante Rebić, Luka Jović, and Mijat Gaćinović are leading the offense. Sebastian Haller is a presence for sure, but he has some issues with consistency. Still, it’s hard to think that Die Adler will be able to repeat the success from last season.
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Clearly, Jürgen Klopp isn’t going to leave Liverpool any time soon, but when he feels his time in the Premier League is over, Klopp told Welt he wouldn’t rule out a position with the DFB.
National coach? I’d consider it.
Most of the interview is behind a paywall (of course), but it’s somewhat reassuring to know that there could (possibly?) be a contingency plan if Joachim Löw cannot regain his World Cup winning form.
The Bayern ladies played Montpellier HSC to a 2-2 draw at the Toulouse International Ladies Cup. Nicole Rolser and Lina Magull (penalty) has the goals for Bayern. Coach Thomas Wörle would have preferred his team pull out the “W”, but was still happy with his squad’s effort:
We actually should have won the match today, but we can still be satisfied with our performance. We were obviously dominant in the first half and simply had to be more of a threat on goal. In the second half, you could see that we are still in the third week of preparations and couldn’t quite keep up physically coming from behind as well as we wanted to. But, again, it’s positive that we created a ton of good situations in front of the opponent’s goal. We’ll keep working on that.