Agent is allegedly holding up De Ligt move to Barca (beIN Sports)
Ajax center back Matthijs De Ligt seems set on a move to Barcelona, but his agent’s fee is the primary hold up in getting the deal done.
Matthijs De Ligt’s move from Ajax to Barcelona is being held up by agent Mino Raiola’s commission demands, according to Marca. The clubs have agreed a fee of around €70 million (£60m/$78m), but Raiola wants 20 percent of the fee as opposed to the usual five or 10%. With Ajax refusing to budge, Raiola is hoping another club comes in for De Ligt to allow him to get his desired fee, but Ajax and Barca both remain confident a deal will get done.
Mintzlaff acknowledged there has been no contact with Bayern on Werner, but knows the end could be near (AS)
RB Leipzig CEO Oliver Mintzlaff has heard the rumblings about the future of his star striker Timo Werner and is hoping that the team can convince the 23-year-old to remain in East Germany.
We have not talked to Bayern about Timo Werner yet. It was important for us what Timo Werner wants. It was legitimate for a young player like Werner to spend time deciding on his future. Maybe Timo will tell us after the Cup final: ‘Come on, I’ll extend that by two more years’.
With Bayern reportedly already having agreed to terms with Werner, it seems Mintzlaff is hoping for a change of heart from the German international. Otherwise, it sounds like a trip to the negotiating table with the Bayern brass will be in order.
James could play a role in Pogba sweepstakes (Calciomercato)
Manchester United star Paul Pogba figures to be one of the more sought-after players on the transfer market this summer and James Rodriguez could play a role in determining if Pogba ends up with Real Madrid.
According to El Español, Real Madrid’s James Rodriguez could be key in the Spanish side’s move for Paul Pogba. The Colombian player is unlikely to be redeemed by Bayern Munich and will, therefore, return to the Real who could, therefore, include him in the deal with United to get to Pogba. A possible merry-go-round that sees that involves two Juventus targets but not the Turin club, both Rodriguez and Pogba have often been linked within the past however the club might simply be unable to compete with the financial muscle of the Spanish side.
Brandt’s future could depend on Leverkusen’s Match Day 34 outcome (The Mirror)
Versatile Bayer Leverkusen star Julian Brandt has had a great second half of the season and more than a few teams are interested in activating his €25 million release clause. At the forefront of the competition for Brandt are Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool. Brandt, however, might be willing to stay with Die Werkself if the squad can qualify for the Champions League next season.
Bayer Leverkusen midfielder Julian Brandt could be on his way to either Liverpool or Borussia Dortmund this summer. The 23-year-old, who can play either as a winger or an attacking midfielder, is reported to have a release clause of €25 million (£21.61m). Brandt has previously said that he is happy at Leverkusen and is not interested in a move either to one of the club’s Bundesliga rivals or to the Premier League. However, much could depend on whether his club qualify for next season’s Champions League.
The Bundesliga table is set for a wild finale (@Bundesliga_EN)
Aside of RB Leipzig, which is cemented in third place, there are eight teams with something to play for in Match Day 34. The relegation situation is settled, but the fight for the league title and European slots will be fierce.
Mainz's win today has left it extremely close in the race for the top four— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) May 12, 2019
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Dortmund won’t pay more than €30m for Hazard (kicker)
Dortmund is playing hardball with Borussia Monchengladbach and won’t pay the Foals more than €30m for Thorgan Hazard.
In the poker for Thorgan Hazard’s release (26), kicker information suggests that the transfer of the Noch-Gladbacher to Dortmund will take place this summer. BVB’s tough negotiating position, not to take more than 30 million euros for Hazard into its hands under any circumstances, cannot be shaken.
Looking to catch-up on the Bundesliga action from the weekend? I’ve got you covered (The Barrel)
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