We should be clear, there is zero chance that Real Madrid could put together an overwhelming and successful bid during this transfer window. Reports out of Spain (as captured by The Express), however, have Los Blancos preparing to make an attempt on the Austrian left back next summer:
Bayern Munich are desperate to keep Alaba but Real Madrid could come in with a bid for the player this summer. That is according to Mundo Deportivo, who claim Real will face stiff resistance from Bayern if they do indeed express an interest in the defender. Lopetegui is said to be seeking a centre-back who can also cover for full-back Marcelo. Alaba is on the manager’s wish-list but his price tag will likely scupper any deal this summer.
Now - to me - the thought of Alaba as a center back or any type of super sub is absurd. If a team is going to pursue Alaba it would have to be for a consistent, starting role at outside back.
Paris Saint-Germain man Julian Draxler is seemingly always in the transfer mix. Now, it appears that La Liga’s Sevilla could make a move on the for the German international.
Spanish first division side Sevilla is obviously interested in signing on German international Julian Draxler. According to the Spanish newspaper Diario de Sevilla, the top club has the financial resources to sign up for the former world champion.
A move to Sevilla would be good for Draxler, who is currently wrapped up in a numbers game on the PSG roster.
Felix Götze is 20-years old and on his way to competing for first-team time with FC Augsburg after an apprenticeship at Bayern. The defender was appreciative of his time in Munich:
I had a good time and an excellent soccer education in Munich, but it was time for a change. Augsburg took a lot of trouble over me. The talks with the coach and the club went in the right direction right from the start. FCA is a great club where young players have the opportunity to develop. The whole package fit perfectly.
For what it’s worth, Götze sees himself as a “6”, while he has spent a lot of time at both outside back and center back to this point in his career:
I see my strengths in the defensive midfield, at the 6 position. Therefore, my strengths lie in the technical, tactical and organizational area. I moreover want to play a leading role on the pitch despite my young age.
Gözte acknowledged the inspiration he drew at Bayern from key players at Bayern:
I emulated a lot, especially from players who play my position. I played as a right-back for a year at Munich; Joshua Kimmich was a player type that I emulated a lot. The same applies to Jérôme Boateng, as I also occasionally played in central defense. And of course the 6’s who have played at Bayern.
Regarding his brother Mario, the 2014 World Cup hero, Felix indicated he learned a lot from watching how his career has unfolded:
In 2013, when Mario transferred from Dortmund to Munich, I was still going to school in Dortmund. You can imagine what I had to hear from the one classmate or other. This period wasn’t easy for me, but ultimately I learned to handle it and got used to it accordingly.
Mario definitely didn’t deliver his best performances last season, but he wasn’t the only one in Dortmund. The fact that he was so often put in the center and seemingly was BVB’s crisis personified, I felt just wasn’t fair.
Sure looks like some “Crane Kick” action to me and Rafinha has embraced it.
British outlet SportsMole captured a report by AS that stated that the 20 La Liga team captains were going to organize a protest against the league’s decision to play regular season games abroad in the United States and Canada.
Barcelona captain Lionel Messi is reportedly ready to lead a protest against the decision to play one La Liga match in the United States from as early as this season. The Spanish top flight last week announced the groundbreaking plans to play a regular-season game outside of Spain as part of a new 15-year partnership with sports and entertainment group Relevant, who operate the pre-season International Champions Cup tournament.
However, AS reports that the players and Spanish Football Federation were not consulted on the issue and will oppose the plans. Messi and the captains of the other 19 La Liga clubs - including Real Madrid’s Sergio Ramos and Diego Godin of Atletico Madrid - will reportedly meet at the headquarters of the Spanish Footballers’ Association (AFE) on Wednesday to draft a statement against the plan. AFE president David Aganzo will then deliver the stance to La Liga counterpart Javier Tebas in the hope that the league will rethink their arrangements. Exact details of the proposal have not yet been revealed, but there has been speculation that the deal could come into effect as early as this season.
| [AS] | Barcelona captain Lionel Messi and Sergio Ramos will be one of the 20 La Liga Captains that will meet on Wednesday at the HQ of the Spanish Association of Footballers (AFE) to protest against La Liga games being played in the USA.— BarcaTimes (@BarcaTimes) August 21, 2018
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