After all of the hullabaloo and coach-on-player hate, Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane indicated that Gareth Bale is not going anywhere:
He’s going to stay and we all have to think of that as a positive thing.
You can assume that Zidane is just thrilled to have Bale around. I don’t necessarily get the hate; when healthy, Bale is a force for Real Madrid. Whatever happens on the training grounds and in the locker room with Bale must really rub Zidane the wrong way.
According to Tuttosport, Bayern Munich might be bringing in back former Croatian international striker Mario Mandzukic (33). Juventus are planning to seal the deal with German giants, and have their veteran hitman on his way out, any time soon, over about 48 hours.
Aside of Manchester City’s Leroy Sane, Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi, and RB Leipzig’s Timo Werner, Mandzukic has probably represented the next longest transfer saga. It is kind of curious how those examples did not pan out (for various reasons), but the sniper job moves for Philippe Coutinho, Michaël Cuisance, and Ivan Perisic all happened relatively quickly.
Ajax’s Kasper Dolberg was previously linked to Bayern Munich, but now Hoffenheim appears to be getting close to a move for the 21-year-old. The issue for Hoffenheim is that it wants a loan, while some other clubs are willing to buy Dolberg:
In the pursuit of Kasper Dolberg of Ajax Amsterdam, TSG Hoffenheim has gotten a competitor. According to reports, OGC Nice is the most intense competitor and seeks a purchase, actually wanted to Ajax the 21-year-old only borrow. The TSG was on a loan and must now rethink possibly in the direction of solid commitment.
Dolberg would be a tremendous pick-up for Hoffenheim, but it will have pony up some loot to Ajax. A loan would likely not be appealing to the Dutch club considering that Nice is allegedly willing to buy.
I didn’t want to take the luster off of his official signing day, but can we talk about this freaking shirt that Michaël Cuisance has on? Snakes on the front of the collar, an eyeball further toward the back, and some other craziness on the side...I am perplexed. I feel like Cuisance either rivals my awful sense of fashion or is in the Illuminati. There is no in-between.
Cuisance’s choice of shirt for his official signing at Bayern struck me as curious when I first saw it, but my mind really started to wander once Fergus25 brought up the snakes on the collar of Cuisance’s shirt and just how odd that was.
Thoughts? Leave them in the comments.
We knew Union Berlin returning to the Bundesliga would be a spectacle, but I am not sure any of us here envisioned this:
An emotional evening for Union Berlin supporters, as past and present unite ⚪ pic.twitter.com/WjukPci5qR— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) August 18, 2019
While Borussia Dortmund succeeded in keeping him in for 2019/20 season start, English international winger Jadon Sancho (19) is still a main target for both Manchester United and City. Purchased from Citizens themselves’ development area back in summer 2017, on a less than 8 million euros fee, the 2000-born is now almost worth a 3-figure payout.
It is not often when you are essentially voted BFW writer most likely to be scouring porn sites. Thank you all, I could not have done it without you. Now back to my “research.”
One of the great pains for any MLS player is that they mostly still fly commercial. We could probably attribute that to at least one reason D.C. United’s Wayne Rooney will bolt for Derby County:
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