As we captured yesterday on the site, there were talks of a rumored swap between Bayern and Paris Saint-Germain that featured Jerome Boateng and Julian Draxler. Draxler’s agent, however, is insisting his player is staying in Paris.
Is a change in question? SPORT1 asked for advice from Draxler agent Roger Wittmann. His clear answer: “Of course Julian stays in Paris!”
At this stage, things are going to get wild over the next few days until the transfer window closes on Friday. It is mildly surprising that Draxler would want to stay with PSG given his lack of a regular role at his age (24). Entering the prime of his career, it would seem like Draxler would be in search of a more prominent role, even if that meant toiling away for what he may perceive to be a lesser team. Admittedly a move to Bayern would likely not guarantee the former Wolfsburg man any additional (maybe less!) playing time, but certainly other moves he’s been linked to (Sevilla, Schalke, AC Milan) would present better options for playing time.
In addition, Uli Hoeness took a break from expanding his sausage empire to issue a statement saying Bayern was not not going to buy a player for three months.
No @AnthonyMartial! No Julian Draxler! President Uli Hoeneß confirms: @FCBayern will not buy another player for the wings after the injury of Kingsley Coman: „We can‘t buy a player for three month“ (via @Sky_Torben) @SPORTBILD— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) August 27, 2018
You missed The Don didn’t you? Well, if so, Don Balon is (again) reporting that Thiago wants to play for Real Madrid and Los Blancos coach Julen Lopetegui wants him as well. Bayern’s asking price, however, is working against a potential move.
There are five days of market left and at Real Madrid they are still waiting for an arrival that improves the current squad. One of the options that is on the table is Thiago Alcántara. Lopetegui sees essential the arrival of a midfielder after the departure of Mateo Kovacic. The problem is that Florentino Pérez has not seen it so clearly. Especially for the price that Bayern Munich asks for.
And while Thiago is still crazy looking for the signing. The Spanish international wants to leave Bayern for the Santiago Bernabéu. His priority right now is to return to Spain. Thiago wants to force the situation to the limit so that Florentino Pérez decides to put the money on the table. Lopetegui continues insisting, and in the coming days there may be news. In the Real Madrid room they would also welcome the arrival of Thiago.
If you were wondering, that rumored asking price was in the neighborhood of €70M, but it is hard to think that Bayern would let Thiago go for even that much at this point. Sure, the Bayern midfield is loaded, but Thiago is among the top spots in that pecking order.
With both teams targeting players on the other side, the conflict between the two meg-clubs is worsening.
PSG are said to have made it known to Barcelona, via an ‘official channel’, that there’s a chance of contacting FIFA to make a complaint about the behavior of the Camp Nou club. The French side believe Barca have already reached some kind of agreement with Adrien Rabiot over a free transfer next year, and this has caused anger.
Likewise, Barca are themselves angry over this threat, feeling that PSG are going overboard and not behaving like a top European club should. The Catalans have been left ‘perplexed’ with the situation, and aren’t happy at all. It’s pointed out that it would be impossible for PSG to prove there’s any agreement, even if one exists.
Sport also state it’s believed PSG’s attempts to sign Ivan Rakitic are some kind of revenge for the Rabiot interest. The French club are perhaps being a little hypocritical. Few will believe that work on the Neymar transfer wasn’t in full swing before Barca had any idea what was set to happen.
Essentially, PSG believes that Barca has a deal with Adrien Rabiot in place to leave next year on a free transfer, so Barca won’t have to pay PSG. In turn, PSG is targeting Ivan Rakitic, but this might just be a revenge signing (maybe?). Whatever the case, we would not expect any “bro hugs” any time soon between the clubs and it would be a real shame if they were grouped together in the upcoming Champions League draw.
A speedy recovery would be excellent for Kingsley Coman.
In the event you need to catch up on the Bundesliga events of the weekend, we’ve got you covered. Our man, Philip M. Quinn has five observations you can find here, while I’ve also got a capsule-style breakdown of each game with commentary here.
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