In what cannot be perceived as good news as it relates to an acquisition of RB Leipzig striker Timo Werner, Bayern Munich has reportedly not even submitted a formal offer to Die Roten Bullen as of yet. It still seems that Bayern is content to try and get Werner on a free transfer after the 2019-2020 season.
Neither FC Bayern nor another club have so far deposited with the club an offer for the national team. The Bavarians are indeed interested in Werner, but want to undertake it in the next year free transfer.
It appears that Bayern has not been super active with submitting actual bids on many players at all, though. Even Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola said yesterday that he had not spoken with Bayern as of yet regarding Leroy Sane. The Bavarians could still submit offers on players like Werner, Sane, etc., but as far as we know, Bayern has worked out personal terms with players (Werner, Espanyol’s Marc Roca) ahead of actually working out transfer arrangements with clubs.
Where things proceed from here will be interesting as Bayern’s top-tier list (Sane, Callum Hudson’s Odoi) of transfer targets look like they might not be making the move to Die Roten.
If anyone was hoping that Bayern Munich would make a play for Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale, Niko Kovac poured some cold water on that scenario.
Kovac when asked if Gareth Bale played a role in the plans #fcbayern of the: “No.” @SPORTBILD @BILD_Sport
Goal provided a little more detail on more of what Kovac said and didn’t give Kovac the opportunity to answer the question so literally (i.e., of course Bale is not in the coach’s plans because he’s currently on another team):
I would like my German colleagues [journalists] to listen carefully to what I have to say. [Gareth Bale] is a great player, like other players who are also great players. I can’t tell you whether he really can play somewhere else apart from Real Madrid and if he will even succeed at other clubs. This is something that I don’t know and I can’t really predict.
Thiago Alcantara was also part of the press conference where the subject of Bale came up and provided his take from a player’s perspective:
It’s pretty easy to say actually whether he would be welcome at Bayern Munich. We’ve just spoken about these three players: [Arjen] Robben, Franck Ribery and Gareth Bale. All three play mostly in the same position, on the wing. Players who are similar to [Bale], Robben and Ribery, have written part of the club’s history at Bayern and if somebody like Gareth Bale wants to come, then, as I said, every player who wants to join the club and who wants to support and help the club is more than welcome.
Wooyeong Jeong might have moved over to SC Freiburg, but the talented youngster has apparently not let a chance in scenery get in the way of his development.
Wooyeong Jeong continues to impress for Freiburg in preseason and scores against Stuttgart today. pic.twitter.com/hhKxeFJTMv— Bayern & Die Mannschaft (@eMiaSanMia) July 19, 2019
Citing a report from Bild, the Münchner Merkur confirmed what a lot of people had been speculating: Signing either Manchester City’s Leroy Sane or Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi would not necessarily preclude Bayern Munich from a scenario where it would sign both players.
According to the report, the efforts of the German record champion on Hudson-Odoi are independent of the outcome of negotiations with Leroy Sané and Manchester City. That means: Even if the German international should decide to change to Munich, Hudson-Odoi could also come.
In reality, however, signing both players would not only be very costly, but would also present Niko Kovac with a very undesirable situation in terms of personnel management. Currently, Kovac has two young stars-in-the-making with Serge Gnabry and Kingsley Coman, who absolutely need playing time to continue their respective development. Adding both Sane and Hudson-Odoi — who both supposedly want out of their current clubs because they can’t get on the field regularly — would make Kovac’s job an unwinnable situation. Simply put, there would be no way to keep all of that young talent happy.
Not to mention, Bayern just invested in Alphonso Davies and Fiete Arp over the past year and both of them look like they will be considered as options on the wing as well.
I’m not saying it can’t happen, but logistically anyone hoping to land Sane and Hudson-Odoi will likely be disappointed.
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These. Shirts. Are. The official #SKTinKC t-shirts exclusively for our members traveling to #KansasCity to see @FCBayern in the #AudiFCBTour and @IntChampionsCup. Thanks to @jamieviss and the @TEAMLTD_ fam for always keeping us looking fresh #SKTonTour #TEAMLTD #ICC2019 pic.twitter.com/aPDz34jWvq— Südkurve Toronto (@SuedkurveTO) July 19, 2019
Earlier in the week, LA Galaxy megastar Zlatan Ibrahimovic did what he does off the field and made some outlandish statements about his own greatness — which is one of the truly genuine things about him honestly.
Despite MANY people not liking him, the guy is a complete riot (at least to me).
"I am like a Ferrari among Fiats."— ESPN (@espn) July 18, 2019
Zlatan gives his thoughts on the level of play in MLS. pic.twitter.com/IiX5T3iScD
When you say things like this, however, you absolutely need to go out on the pitch and back things up, which is exactly what he did last night against Los Angeles Football Club in El Tráfico. Zlatan had a hat trick to lead his squad to a 3-2 victory:
This week: Zlatan says he is the best player in MLS "by far."— SportsCenter (@SportsCenter) July 20, 2019
Pregame: Zlatan doubles down in an interview
Friday: Zlatan delivers a hat trick vs. the team atop the MLS standings pic.twitter.com/zYA1BybQIm