Bayern Munich eyeing Benjamin Henrichs as an option at right-back (Transfermarkt)
Bayern Munich is apparently considering Benjamin Henrichs, who currently plays for AS Monaco, as an option at right-back. That follows close on the heels of an earlier report that Bayern was interested in signing a right-back that would enable Benjamin Pavard to shore up the central defense and allow Joshua Kimmich to play permanently in the midfield.
Monaco theoretically would demand a transfer fee of €25m-€30m for Henrichs. RB Leipzig is also reportedly interested in the player, but has thus far offered only €20m.
There obviously is some merit to the rumor. As Transfermarkt explains, Henrichs would be a useful solution to a domino effect caused by the departure of Jerome Boateng in the winter transfer window. It seems at last that both Boateng and Bayern are prepared to part ways. Boateng did not play in Bayern’s latest Bundesliga match against SC Freiburg.
By signing Henrichs, Bayern would no longer have to put Joshua Kimmich back in his former position at right-back when Benjamin Pavard has to play in the central defense, as he has regularly alongside David Alaba since both Lucas Hernandez and Niklas Süle have been injured.
Joshua Zirkzee celebrates his first Bundesliga goal
Vidal storms off training pitch after learning he would not start (ESPNFC)
Our favorite mohawked warrior Arturo Vidal was furious when he learned that Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde would not start him in Barcelona’s clasico against Real Madrid. According to ESPN, Vidal usually stays after training for shooting practice with other first-team players, but left early after Valverde gave him the news.
Several players tried to comfort Vidal but the Chilean international, who the club fear could now push for a January move away from Camp Nou, could not be calmed down.
The Alcantaras lookin’ mean
Ante Rebic back to Eintracht Frankfurt? (Calciomercato)
Ante Rebic was determined to leave Frankfurt this past summer, and he did. He has played all of 177 minutes in seven matches for AC Milan since then. As chance would have it, he happened to be at the same restaurant as Eintracht coach Adi Hütter and even appeared in a picture with his former teammates, which of course set tongues wagging.
Hütter was asked about the episode at a press conference. He said,
By chance we were in the same restaurant. I talked to him 20 minutes; it was a nice chat. He never left Eintracht, he did well here. I was very happy to see him, just as he was happy to see his former teammates. Back in January? He’s on loan in Milan [until 2021], he’ll certainly come back, but I don’t know when. Let’s see what happens.