Luka Modrić to Inter Milan is heating up, but where that leaves Arturo Vidal remains to be seen. In an odd twist per Gazetta Dello Sport, it was Modrić’s wife who initiated the call to put this whole thing in motion.
The crazy idea of Luka Modrić continues to make fans of Inter dream. But how did this suggestion come about, which has put negotiations like those for Arturo Vidal on standby, though he seemed to be coming soon? Simple: a call from the Croatian midfielder’s wife, Vanja Bosnic, who grew up at the school of the controversial Zdravko Mamić: “Do you want Modrić?” was the woman’s dry question. Inter could not say no.
The deal with Bayern is not yet done: first, wait and see whether Modrić is just a midsummer dream. In the meantime the Nerazzurri have an alternative with Vidal, whose agent was already spotted in Milan.
It seems as it Inter would be waiting for a final word on Modrić before finalizing anything with Vidal. Would Inter try to sign both? Perhaps, Mrs. Vidal should get on the phone pronto!
Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal is being linked with a possible move to Barcelona from an unlikely source. The player’s son Alonsito took to YouTube to reveal that his father has two options to get his career back on track when he leaves the Allianz Arena – Barcelona and Inter.
Never one to start speculating a bit early, The Mirror cited a report by Raphael Honigstein which infers that Liverpool may try to get Pulisic to agree to a deal now, but would not bring in the player until 2019 — similar to the deal they made with Naby Keita, while the midfielder was at RB Leipzig.
Liverpool have been tipped to repeat their Naby Keita acquisition with Christian Pulisic. The Reds are long-term admirers of the Borussia Dortmund star but have not followed up their interest. Dortmund are reluctant to sell but could be forced into letting him go next summer, when Pulisic would have just a year remaining on his contract. The Reds agreed to sign Naby Keita a year ago, with the midfielder officially moving to Anfield earlier this summer. And German insider Raphael Honigstein believes Liverpool may well try and lure Dortmund into a deal for Pulisic, which would go through in a year’s time.
There has been little to report on Bayern’s alleged interest in Pulisic. Perhaps the Bavarians have moved on to other potential targets.
The RB Leipzig striker did see his stock soar like he was hoping this summer. Germany’s disastrous World Cup showing played a big part in why Timo Werner has not garnered as much attention as it was once thought he would.
Timo Werner is ready to end speculation over his future by committing himself to RB Leipzig. The Germany international admitted he flirted with an exit earlier in the summer amid interest from Bayern Munich, Liverpool and Manchester United, but has now ultimately come to the decision to remain at Leipzig. “At the end of last season, I briefly thought ‘what does the future hold’ but I’ve completely shut off these thoughts,” he told Kicker. “I’m fully focused on playing football, and I’m striving to have the greatest possible success with RB and hopefully return to the Champions League.”
The 2019-2020 season arrival of Julian Nagelsmann from Hoffenheim is another reason Werner is eager to remain with Leipzig. Werner had good things to say about the young coach:
Julian Nagelsmann is one of the best coaches in Germany. To get such a coach is also a statement to the league. Many others wanted him too. For me, that has played an important role in my considerations. It would be appealing to work with him for a few more years
Max Meyer was once considered among the top up-and-comers in the Bundesliga as the midfielder was rising into stardom at Schalke 04. A blowup with sporting director Christian Heidel, however, helped purchase Meyer’s ticket out Germany.
Crystal Palace are set to soar into the realms of the Premier League’s biggest payers after agreeing a four-year deal for Max Meyer worth £35million. The package works out at nearly £170,000 a week for the Germany midfielder who is available after leaving Schalke at the end of his contract. Palace would have to pay Schalke a small compensation fee of around £450,000 for the 22-year-old’s training and development. Meyer’s salary puts him among the top 20 best-paid players in the Premier League, and in the same tier as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Henrikh Mkhitaryan at Arsenal.
The salary seems like a huge jump for Meyer and as Sport Bild notes:
Meyer would come to an annual salary of almost 10 million euros — without bonuses. According to reports, the U21 European champion will sign a four-year contract with the Eagles until 2022. Meyer would replace Christian Benteke (27) as the top earner at Palace. The striker star comes on a weekly salary of (only) 135,000 euros. For comparison: The annual salary of former international Mesut Özil at Arsenal FC after his contract renewal in January is around 13.5 million euros.
What makes this story interesting from a Bayern perspective is that back in February, Meyer was rumored to be on his way to Munich. Die Roten’s jam-packed midfield, however, probably squashed any chance for a Meyer-to-Munich move.
For his part, Meyer was likely always looking to take his game abroad and get the recognition that he wasn’t likely to get with Schalke 04. We’ll see how it works out for the player, who could be in the midfield mix on Germany’s 2022 World Cup roster.
There is a lot of excitement about the potential for this season’s Frauen squad. Nicole Rolser led the charge of optimism by touching on the close calls of last season and pointing toward how the team has improved.
Last year we were very close — this year we definitely want to get titles! We already had a very good team last season and the big core stayed together. In addition, we have strengthened ourselves selectively.
Verena Schweers, who recently got married, is also looking forward to seeing the team compete:
We did not have a big change this year and we do not have to rehearse everything. So this year, we can go in a different way and start right from the start of our last season.
FCBayern.com also gave a nice breakdown of the early schedule the Frauen are facing.
In hot temperatures, the Munich women have been working for these goals for less than two weeks and want to lay the foundation for a successful season. On Sunday, 9th of September, the first appearance of the DFB Cup will be followed by the first competitive match of the 2018/2019 season. A few days later, the first leg of the UEFA Women’s Champions League round of 16 follows. For both matches, the opponents are not yet determined. On Sunday, September 16, the Bayern players to kick off the Allianz Women’s Bundesliga at promoted Bayer 04 Leverkusen. The first championship home game follows on September 23 against MSV Duisburg.