Earlier this week, Gareth Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett called rumors of a loan for his client from Real Madrid to Bayern Munich “rubbish.” While attending the Royal Ascot horse race in England, Barnett explained why:
I think Zidane has decided that he can probably do without him. There is more chance that I will win Ascot than that he will go somewhere on loan. There won’t be a loan change.
Barnett went further, however, and and detailed why Bale would be content to stay with Los Blancos, despite being the odd-man out of the rotation.
He has a good life and is at home in Spain. I think he’d need something extraordinary to leave, and loan changes aren’t on the menu.
It appears that Barnett is engaging in some posturing here in trying to gain some leverage for his client...which won’t be easy when battling against Real Madrid.
Former Bayern Munich star midfielder Arturo Vidal had a up-and-down first season with FC Barcelona, but the 32-year-old Chile international might be feeling the “roster heat” as former Ajax midfielder Frenkie de Jong will be arriving in Spain shortly.
Now Arturo Vidal is on the verge of fleeing Europe. The reason: a superstar is to replace him. Vidal has been playing for FC Barcelona for a year now and has already won the Spanish league with the Catalans. The central midfielder should nevertheless be thinking about changing clubs. According to media reports, the Chilean has a mega offer from China. In addition, Vidal must fear for his regular place in Barcelona. Under coach Ernesto Valverde, the ex-Bavarian professional rarely made it to the starting eleven.
The escape to China is also likely because a 22-year-old young star is competing with Vidal. Frenkie de Jong will be coming from Ajax Amsterdam this summer for 85 million euros to boost the Catalan offensive. Vidal’s contract officially runs until 2021, so the transfer fee from China is likely to be quite high.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot might be on his way to Juventus for a fresh start.
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Adrien Rabiot has reportedly agreed terms over a free transfer to Juventus. According to El Chiringuito, Rabiot will put pen to paper on a five-year contract with Juve worth €7m a season.
Furthermore, the Bianconeri are ready to pay the Frenchman a signing-on fee of €10m. Rabiot had also been linked with Manchester United, but he now looks set to become the latest free agent to join the Old Lady after the likes of Andrea Pirlo, Paul Pogba, Emre Can and Aaron Ramsey.
A transfer to Bayern, however, all depends on how things shake out with Mats Hummels and Jerome Boateng. Don’t forget, Lars Lukas Mai is in the same boat as Kabak — except that Mai costs nothing because he’s already with Bayern,
In his first season in the Bundesliga, Ozan Kabak, who was chosen as the best young player of the year, will leave his team Stuttgart. Kabak’a official fee of 15 million euros and nine teams made an offer. Ozan Kabak’s visit to Bayern Munich depends on the situation of Hummels and Boateng. Ozan Kabak wants to go to the German giant within a separation that can be experienced with these players who are on the agenda to leave the team. Another team after Ozan Kabak is Schalke 04.
If you aren’t watching the Women’s World Cup, you are missing some great action. Here is yesterday’s recap:
Jamaica scored their first-ever #FIFAWWC goal while Sam Kerr became the 3rd player to score 4 FIFA Women's World Cup goals in a game.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 18, 2019
Catch up on all the action in our 90' in 90" ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/9HV5jcbv5T
Marta's goal breaks the all-time World Cup scoring record as Brazil defeat Italy and both teams advance to the knockout stage.— FOX Soccer (@FOXSoccer) June 18, 2019
Watch the full game highlights in our 90' in 90" highlights ⬇️ pic.twitter.com/urlaIqEBaJ
Per TZ reporter Manuel Bonke, Bayern center-back Lars Lukas Mai has offers from FC Nurnberg and two other teams. Clearly, if Bayern does not commit to him for 2019-2020, the 19-year-old will be moving on.
Für Lukas #Mai vom @FCBjuniorteam gibt es neben dem @1_fc_nuernberg übrigens noch weitere Interessenten aus der 2. Liga. Eine Entscheidung über seine Zukunft ist aber - Stand jetzt - noch nicht getroffen worden. #fcbamateure #FCBayern #fcbtransfersommer— Manuel Bonke (@mano_bonke) June 19, 2019
For Lukas #Mai from @FCBjuniorteam there are more interested people from the 2nd league besides @1_fc_nuremberg. A decision about his future has not yet been made. #fcbamateure #FCBayern #fcbtransfersommer
Chicago Fire star Bastian Schweinsteiger took on his wife (and former professional tennis player) Ana Ivanović in a series of events.
Real Madrid might be holding off Juventus in the race to land Manchester United’s Paul Pogba.
According to Corriere dello Sport, French international midfielder Paul Pogba (26), as suggested by the player himself during his latest press conference, held from Tokyo, is leaving Manchester United again, after a high-and-low three season-long ride. To this end, Real Madrid are leading the race towards him, with Juventus very much behind. Blancos might seal the deal with Red Devils on an about 135 million euros fee, while Pogba’s salary demand might out a 20 million euros annual wage.
Paris Saint-Germain might be taking a long look at former Bayern — and current Juventus — winger Douglas Costa.
Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly keen on signing Juventus winger Douglas Costa this summer. Tuttosport first spoke of interest from PSG in March, before Sportitalia revived the rumor on Monday, explaining there was ‘strong’ interest on the club’s part.
That has since been followed up by the reputable France Football, which claims new sporting director Leonardo has personally checked out his fellow Brazilian. The publication adds Costa’s camp have already been in touch with the French giants but stresses talks are still at an early stage.