A rumored swap of Real Madrid’s Gareth Bale and Paris Saint-Germain’s Neymar would certainly make sense on some level. Los Blancos want to unload Bale because Zinedine Zidane doesn’t want him and PSG probably needs to move Neymar because the Brazil international does not want to be there.
Key figures close to Neymar have been trying to force a sensational swap for Gareth Bale plus cash, potentially solving two of the biggest deadlocks and player controversies this summer. Sources close to the Brazilian say it has been repeatedly brought up over the last two weeks, with some momentum behind it, as he is “desperate” to leave Paris Saint-Germain for Spain.
Real Madrid is allegedly offering €90 million and Bale for Neymar. Bale’s agent Jonathan Barnett, meanwhile, seems to be relaxed about the whole situation burning around him and his client (as told to ABC Madrid and captured by The Daily Mail):
‘What is my plan now? I’m on my couch watching the British Open. I’m not worried about Bale’s future. Ask Zidane why he was so hard on Bale.
Bale is also being linked to a move to China, which would remove him far from the spotlight. Jiangsu Suning and Beijing Guoan are the two Chinese Super League clubs rumored to have interest and the annual salary being offered to Bale is allegedly €15 million.
How is the golf scene in China these days anyway?
Yet to be fully confirmed in Juventus plans, Argentinian international forward Paulo Dybala (25) is still up for grabs, as long as the right bid comes in. To this end, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Manchester United management are due to meet Bianconeri top brass soon, and discuss a purchase of his. Juventus had already tried to use Dybala as a bargaining chip to get Paul Pogba back in, just to be turned down by Red Devils.
I don’t see Dybala as a fit for Bayern at all. Of all the things the club may need, a 25-year-old second striker/attacking midfielder is not exactly pressing at this stage. Dybala would likely be considered a back-up at Bayern and sitting a player at that age on the bench typically just leads to more frustration. He’s a nice talent, but I would say it’s not the right time and likely not the right price.
Now RB has again targeted the Ligue 1 — and kept an eye on Benjamin Henrichs.
Bayern Munich reportedly also had interest in Henrichs, however, got the flex treatment exactly one week ago and things have gone radio silent since.
Bild chief Christian Falk gave one of his patented flex jobs regarding the David Alaba-to-FC Barcelona rumor, which is pretty par for the course during this transfer window. Things took a turn, however, when Mundo Deportivo journalist Fernando Polo challenged Falk.
As The Wire’s Omar Little once said, “If you come at the king, you best not miss.”
Hello Christian. You have to check why Bayern is ofering Alaba to FC Barcelona to get Dembélé, and to ManCity to get Sané. Please, check it. We have published it today in @mundodeportivo . Alaba + money.— Fernando Polo (@ffpolo) July 21, 2019
OK, I respect your information. But they have ofered him... Not only to FC Barcelona. Maybe they know the player is not confortable at the club... Best regards. If you want we cant talk privately next days.— Fernando Polo (@ffpolo) July 21, 2019
If this ends up with an Anchorman-style brawl pitting Bild vs. Mundo Deportivo vs. Don Balon vs. The Daily Mail, then I am all in favor.
Seriously, though, Alaba’s situation is a little curious. It seems doubtful that Bayern would be offering Alaba in any sort of trade situation right now unless he made it crystal clear that he was leaving at the end of his deal. I don’t believe that to be the case right now.
With his current contract running through 2021, it would appear that this season would be key for Bayern to extend the deal of its world class left-back. If an extension isn’t done by midseason, it could mean that Alaba is looking to move on.
If you clink the link above (embeds were disabled), fast forward to the 7:05 mark, and watch for about 20 more seconds where you will see Bayern Munich loanee Franck Evina score a beauty of a goal for KFC Uerdingen against Hallescher FC.
Our own Miran Kostic did a fantastic job with this Arjen Robben tribute. Give it a read!
It has been reported that Arsenal have had a bid of £40million rejected for the Ivory Coast international but the Eagles are understood to want nearer £80million for the winger. Following news that Everton have been alerted by Arsenal’s hesitation, now 90min claim that Bayern Munich ‘are now considering making their own bid for Zaha’.
Hmmm. I’ll take a pass on Zaha, especially at that rumored price.
Atlanta United’s Josef Martinez would probably like to have this one back.