Not deeming him ready for Real Madrid first team, Merengues management are planning to loan Serbian international striker Luka Jovic (21) out. Currently on a deal with Spanish giants until June 2025, former Eintracht Frankfurt hitman, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, has been targeted by AC Milan, eyeing the chance to bring him in as a loanee.
Lille OSC might make a late run at disgruntled Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches during this transfer window. Sanches, of course, unraveled after Friday’s season opener against Hertha Berlin about his lack of playing time, which does not look likely to improve given the recent arrivals of Philippe Coutinho and Michaël Cuisance:
Lille are reportedly looking at adding Bayern Munich midfielder Renato Sanches to their squad before the end of the transfer window. The Portuguese international is not believed to be part of Niko Kovac’s plans for the new season.
Bayern Munich should absolutely explore this. Why keep Sanches angry and anchored to the bench? He’s not going to be among the top four or five midfield options no matter what formation Niko Kovac uses this season.
In the order I would like to do it. First national team, then Bayern, then back to BVB and then Liverpool for life. I have no idea [though], I really do not know that. I hope for now that the next two or three years will continue in the same way. And then I will decide that. Everything is possible. So just that I stop completely, is just possible. Whether that is the case or not — I really do not know.
That was the single Klopp-iest quote ever.
Schalke 04 had grandiose plans of bringing in FC Augsburg’s Philipp Max and AC Milan’s Ricardo Rodriguez, but the transfer fees for both players might be a little higher than what Die Königsblauen want to pay:
The Swiss Ricardo Rodríguez and the Augsburger Philipp Max were indeed already discussed intensively at Schalke, but these two possible transfers have probably shattered due to the high transfer claims. For Rodríguez, the Miners would have to put at least 15 million on the table; for Max allegedly 20 million. In both cases, at most one loan transaction would be feasible for S04. However, AC Milan and FC Augsburg do not want to get involved.
According to Tuttosport, Barcelona FC are taking into account former Croatian international striker Mario Mandzukic (33), as an enhancement for their frontline. Juventus veteran, still tracked by Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund as well, might end up being part of a swap deal, having Juan Miranda, Ousmane Dembelé, or even Ivan Rakitic move on the other way around.
Chelsea’s Callum Hudson-Odoi is about to get paid:
Callum Hudson-Odoi is set to hand Chelsea another boost by putting pen-to-paper on a stunning new £52m contract. Chelsea have been in advanced talks for over a month with their exciting teenage winger over a new five-year deal worth up to £200,000-per-week. A few small details have held up the two parties reaching a total agreement.
But Sportsmail understands confirmation that the 18 year-old England starlet has committed his future to the club is now close. Hudson-Odoi’s contract will be worth a basic of £180,000-a-week rising to £200,000-per-week with bonuses. A breakthrough has come as Hudson-Odoi has stepped up his recovery from the Achilles injury that ended his breakthrough campaign last season.
Not bad at all for Hudson-Odoi. The 18-year-old will now be paid over €11 million per year.
Bild chief reporter Christian Falk thinks (knows?) Bayern is still in the market for another “6”:
Just spit-balling here: I think these players could fill the role of a “6” for Bayern:
- Thiago Alcantara
- Javi Martinez
- Joshua Kimmich
- Benjamin Pavard
I’m not saying that I’m totally against picking up another “6”, but I’m just saying that I don’t know if it is as dire a need as many think. I could see Pavard develop into a new-age Javi Martinez if given the opportunity given his size, speed, and passing ability. Some have speculated that former Borussia Mönchengladbach midfielder Michaël Cuisance could also move to a defensive midfield role, but that remains to be seen.
Given my druthers, I’d also go for Hertha Berlin’s Niklas Stark over Marc Roca anyway.
If Bayern Munich is really going to pursue #ProjectBavarianMayhem2020, it is going to have to dig deep into its pockets to outbid FC Barcelona, Real Madrid, Manchester City, Chelsea, Manchester United, Liverpool, and Arsenal for Bayer Leverkusen’s 20-year-old star Kai Havertz.
FC Barcelona might be thinking about a Ivan Rakitic-for-Emre Can swap, but it is being reported that Bayern Munich also recently inquired about Rakitic:
According to Tuttosport, Juventus management have just suggested Barcelona FC a swap having Croatian international midfielder Ivan Rakitic (31), recently inquired by Bayern Munich and PSG as well, with 25-year-old half-back Emre Can (25) to move on the other way around. So far, Blaugrana seem planning to keep their long-time resident pitcher in.
Maybe that 1-8-1 formation really could happen?