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Daily Schmankerl: Manchester City prepare to buy Mikel Oyarzabal once Leroy Sané leaves for Bayern, Real to bid €400m for Mbappé?

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Bayern Munich and Leroy Sané remain committed to a transfer, and Manchester City has already identified Mikel Oyarzabal as its target replacement.

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Manchester City prepare to buy out Mikel Oyarzabal once Leroy Sané leaves for Bayern (90min)

Manchester City is reported to have settled on a replacement for Leroy Sané in anticipation of his transfer to Bayern Munich this summer. According to 90min, City is prepared to activate the €80m release clause for Real Sociedad’s Mikel Oyarzabal. 90min writes,

Sane’s ... cruciate ligament damage in the Community Shield at the start of 2019/20 has not deterred ​Bayern’s interest and 90min understands that the player himself is fixated on completing a move to Munich, despite competing interest from Paris Saint-Germain.

Bayern want to agree terms with Sane ahead of summer 2020, with the Germany star keen to move back to his home country and prove himself as the main man at the Allianz Arena in a way he has not been able to at the Etihad Stadium.

After winning recognition as the 2018 Young Player of the Year, Sané fell somewhat out of favor on his most recent campaign, as Pep Guardiola turned increasingly to Riyad Mahrez in his position at left wing. City apparently has been tracking Oyarzabal since the summer when Bayern began to negotiate for Sané in earnest.

With a release clause of €80m (= £68m), Oyarzabal would become City’s record purchase, but the incentive of relying on a release clause will sound very familiar to fans of Bayern. 90min writes,

While £68m would be the most City have ever spent on a player, the ability to bypass negotiations with Real Sociedad, sort a deal ahead of the summer and reduce their net spend make Oyarzabal an attractive prospect in their succession planning.

Real Madrid plotting to spend €400 million for Mbappé? (Calciomercato)

Transfer market bubble be damned! Le Parisien (via Calciomercato) reports that Real Madrid is thinking about making record-shattering bid of €400 million to sign Paris Saint Germain’s superstar Kylian Mbappé. PSG effectively snatched Mbappé up by paying a transfer fee of €135m to AS Monaco in 2018, and that was after first taking him on loan for the 2017/2018 season for a fee of €35m — a grand total of €170m.

Mbappé has lived up to his price, to say the least. As Calciomercato points out, he has already scored 67 goals and made 31 assists in just 104 Ligue 1 matches. His grand total across competitions just for PSG comes to 69 goals and 36 assists, and all that in just two and a half seasons.

Of course, any bid is probably a non-starter with PSG, which presumably would much rather rid itself of Neymar, for whom they set the transfer fee record of €222 in prying him away from Barcelona.

Erling Haaland sleeps with his hat-trick balls — all five of them

Artist’s rendition.

Borussia Mönchengladbach buy 16 year old from NYCFC (ESPN)

Joe Scally, a 16-year-old right-back with New York City FC, will officially move to Borussia Mönchengladbach in January 2021 after his 18th birthday. The fee is around $2 million and can rise to $7 million, per ESPN.

Scally hasn't played any minutes yet for the NYCFC first team, so the move is a bit of a gamble for Gladbach. They're counting on their scouting department to be right that Scally can perform.

Bastian Schweinsteiger and Philipp Lahm debuted for Bayern 17 years ago

Zlatan Ibrahimovic leaves LA Galaxy

After two seasons testing the front line for the Los Angeles Galaxy in Major League Soccer, Zlatan Ibrahimovic is a free agent once again. In January, the big center forward will be a free agent with the ability to drastically alter the UEFA Champions League knockout rounds.

Sure, Zlatan isn't the player than he once was, but someone will surely think about bringing him in to contribute in some capacity in the spring.

Wenger now FIFA’s “Chief of Global Football Development” (FIFA)

Well, that was fast. Bayern’s top target one day (at least for a few hours), a senior FIFA official the next. FIFA wrote,

Arsene Wenger has been unveiled today as FIFA’s new Chief of Global Football Development. The illustrious French manager was welcomed by FIFA President Gianni Infantino to the world football governing body’s headquarters in Zurich.

Wenger will be chiefly responsible for overseeing and driving the growth and development of the sport for both men and women around the world. He will also be the leading authority on technical matters, both as a member of the Football and Technical Advisory Panels involved in The IFAB’s review and decision-making process on potential changes to the Laws of the Game, and as chairman of the FIFA Technical Study Group, which has conducted the technical analysis of FIFA tournaments since 1966.

I guess that’s good for the game.

Chelsea’s Sam Kerr signing could start a women’s soccer arms race (SBNation)

As SBNation’s own Kim McCauley notes, “For the price of one crap men’s player, you can have the best women’s soccer team in the whole world”:

Sam Kerr signed for Chelsea on Wednesday, which is a big deal in and of itself. She has been the world’s most prolific scorer over the past three years, netting 105 goals in 127 appearances since the start of 2017.

Kerr will also be the most expensive player ever signed by an English club. She made just over $300,000 from the Chicago Red Stars and Perth Glory in 2019, and the Red Stars were prepared to give her a six-figure raise to stick around under the league’s new financial rules. Her deal at Chelsea is reportedly in excess of $400,000, which is about the same as what Olympique Lyonnais pays Ballon d’Or winner Ada Hegerberg.

McCauley believes signing Kerr is just the first step of a push by Chelsea to dominate women’s soccer at a relatively low price for a big club with a global brand:

I think we can all agree that having the most valuable women’s sports brand in the entire fucking world is more valuable to Chelsea than Danny Drinkwater. The Blues can have that in a year if they want. And once they have it, Chelsea could (and hopefully will) trigger an arms race among the clubs that have just as much spare cash lying around as they do.