Per Diario Gol, if Paris Saint-Germain would have an accepted a player + cash offer from FC Barcelona that included Nelson Semedo for Neymar, Lionel Messi was going to ask Barca to make a late push to sign Bayern Munich’s Joshua Kimmich:
If Nelson Semedo ended going away, Messi wanted FC Barcelona to go after German international Joshua Kimmich. The Bayern Munich player is an improved version of Sergi Roberto, but with more defensive talent and more goal scoring ability.
Given that PSG squashed Barca’s hopes to bring Neymar back over the weekend, it seems that Bayern Munich won’t have to worry about spending the “€50 to €60 million” valuation on Kimmich all in one place.
Personally, that number alone made me laugh at this whole scenario. If there is one player on the Bayern Munich roster who the front office would be hard-pressed to sell, it would be Kimmich.
Kimmich oder nichts!
Real Madrid’s Luka Jovic might have some prime real estate in the doghouse of Zinedine Zidane, but if he keeps making plays like he did yesterday, perhaps the French coach won’t be so eager to FedEx his young striker out of town. Check the video below to see the deft and creative back-heel pass which gave Jovic a “hockey assist” on a goal by Gareth Bale (the specific play should start around the 25 second mark):
Real Madrid ended up with a 2-2 draw against Villarreal. Bale, who was linked to Bayern Munich earlier in the summer and who also has a residence in Zidane’s doghouse, had a brace for Los Blancos.
“You sending The Wolf?...That’s all you had to say!” — Jules Winnfield, (apparently) new Hertha Berlin sporting director
Marius Wolf is reportedly on his way from Borussia Dortmund to Hertha Berlin. Die Alte Dame can absolutely use a talent like Wolf, who was likely to rot away on the bench at BVB this season.
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After yesterday’s 2-1 win over Fortuna Dusseldorf, Eintracht Frankfurt coach Adi Hütter acknowledged that Ante Rebic was heading to AC Milan and that Andre Silva would be coming over to Die Adler in return after medicals go through:
️ Confirmation from @eintracht_eng head coach Adi Hütter that Ante Rebić is set to join AC Milan, with Andre Silva coming the other way. Both deals are subject to a medical. ✍️ pic.twitter.com/YotI8ROXSQ— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) September 1, 2019
That medical for Rebic happened this morning:
Here it is! A.Rebic arriving at the Madonnina Clinic for his physical. https://t.co/obBhofgkAD— Milan Broadcasting Network - MBN (@MBN_ACMilan) September 2, 2019
Rebic was a fun player to watch in a lot of ways despite having his detractors (including some within the Bayern Munich front office). I’d expect he’ll do well with AC Milan.
The Philadelphia Union has traditionally been a club that was considered a fringe contender in MLS most seasons. This year, however, the Union are rolling and some of the reason for the upswing in results is a tandem from Germany.
Last year, Kacper Przybyłko (26) was toiling away with 1. FC Kaiserslautern II, while Kai Wagner (22) was scuffling along with Würzburger Kickers. Now, Przybyłko is scorching hot as a striker for the Union (13 goals and four assists in 22 games), while Wagner has been an absolute terror at left-back (six assists in 25 games).
While not Bayern Munich or even Bundesliga-related, it is a phenomenal example of just how much talent Germany produces and how much of that talent is just waiting for a break.