The Eagle may be landing in Spain.
FC Barcelona have agreed personal terms with Serbian striker Luka Jovic according to German newspaper ‘Frankfurter Allgemeine’. The information claims Barça have moved to the front on the queue after talks with the player’s representatives and both sides hope to finalise the transfer in the summer. It’s a similar case to what happened with Frenkie de Jong: first agreeing terms with the player and later with the club.
With its earlier acquisition of De Jong, the move for Jovic - if true - would represent another changing of the guard moment for Barca, which like Bayern, is in the midst of a bit of a roster refresh.
The winter transfer window has closed, but that is not stopping the competition to sign Ajax center back Matthijs de Ligt. It appears that Juventus is in the driver’s seat ahead of Barcelona, Manchester City, and Liverpool, who are also in the hunt for the defender.
Serie A giants Juventus are reportedly leading the pack for Ajax youngster Matthijs de Ligt, despite Barcelona, Manchester City and Liverpool chasing the young defender. De Ligt has become one of the most wanted young players in Europe this season and has impressed a lot for his club Ajax and the Dutch national side this season in the UEFA Nations League.
Sport in Spain state that Raiola’s relations with all the clubs will be very important in where the defender ends up in the summer and which club he prefers to join. Because of that, it seems unlikely that De Ligt will prefer Arsenal, Chelsea and Liverpool. But he could prefer Manchester United because of his good relations with the club. And Barcelona don’t have good relations with Raiola and that where Sport say, Juventus are at an advantage. Raiola has excellent relations with not just the Bianconeri, but with a lot of the Italian clubs too.
Interestingly, Bayern was not listed among the contenders for the Dutchman, which is a bit odd considering how much talk there has been regarding a potential future for him in Bavaria.
In a report by SportBild that was captured by Sky Sports, it appears that the Bavarians are scoping Red Bull Salzburg’s 18-year-old midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai.
Bayern Munich are interested Red Bull Salzburg’s 18-year-old midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai. The Hungarian broke into Salzburg’s first-team in 2018 and has been tipped for a big future and Bayern, who last week confirmed the capture of German striker Jann-Fiete Arp from Hamburg, are heading the queue for his services.
Oddly, BFW was actually WAY out in front on this. Last May, I wrote a piece for our postseason series: “BFW postseason breakdown: The Player We Most Want to Transfer In” and Brian Kellogg listed Szoboszlai as his choice. Here is what Brian wrote:
The midfielder, from Red Bull Salzburg is a 6’ 1”, 17 year-old Hungarian youth international, who played on loan in 2017/18 for FC Liefering in the Austrian second division. Both his parent club, Salzburg, and Leifering are affiliated with Red Bull Leipzig of the Bundesliga. Szoboszlai played over 3,000 minutes in 2017/18 in all competitions, scoring 11 and assisting 12 more. RB Leipzig would be reluctant to let him go but Bayern could make them an offer they can’t refuse. The midfielder would have to go on loan for a year or two if Bayern signed him, but he has tremendous upside. Szoboszlai is currently valued at 500,000 Euros on Transfermarkt.
Not shockingly, Brian has a keen eye for talent and works for the Soccer Syndicate. Maybe some professional team should be picking Brian’s brain to mine new talent given his aptitude for the game.
In addition, here is a video featuring some highlights on Szoboszlai.
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If you didn’t catch this, you should. Take a look at the journey that Chris Richards made from Alabama to Bavaria and everywhere in between. Bayern, Chris, his family, and his former coach Eric Quill gave us great access to tell the story on how the American made the jump to Germany.