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Daily Schmankerl: Did Brazzo stop Michaël Cuisance’s move to Leeds United?; Transfer news on Brendan Aaronson, Kylian Mbappe, and Luka Modrić; plus MORE!

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It’s GAME DAY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Michael Cuisance sign his Contract with Olympique de Marseille Photo by Olympique de Marseille/Olympique de Marseille via Getty Images

Did Brazzo halt Cuisance move to Leeds? (Münchner Merkur)

A report captured by the Münchner Merkur seems to indicate that Michaël Cuisance did not have any medical issue arise during his exam with Leeds United, but simply had a case of Brazzitis.

In the story, the Münchner Merkur cites former Leeds United player Jermaine Beckford’s statements on the “Doing a Leeds” podcast. Beckford said that the story about a failed medical exam was “an invention.” Instead, Beckford insisted that Bayern Munich demanded a €10 million buy-back clause to be inserted into the deal. With Leeds United only willing to pay €20 million for Cuisance in the first place, a potential one-year, €10 million rental did not seem so appealing to the board at Leeds.

Cuisance, of course, went on to Olympique Marseille on a one-year loan assignment. Somewhere, I can just picture Brazzo smirking to himself as Leeds United was ready to sign the transfer paperwork and saying, “Money never sleeps, pal.”

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Did Brazzo squelch the Michaël Cuisance-to-Leeds United deal with a last minute request for a €10 million buyback clause?
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Aaronson taking his game to the next level (@PhilaUnion)

Philadelphia Union prospect and USMNT hopeful Brenden Aaronson will be making the move to pay for Jesse Marsch at RB Salzburg:

No, this isn’t another shameless Philly plug, but this could have some ramifications for a player that Bayern Munich has reportedly had its eyes on in Dominik Szoboszlai. The 19-year-old Hungarian is considered one of the world’s brightest young prospects and has played mostly as a left midfielder in a 4-4-2, but has taken on an attacking midfielder role at various points.

Aaronson fits the same mold position-wise (attacking midfielder/wide midfielder) as Szoboszlai and is dynamic, pacey, and creative presence. Having both players would certainly be intriguing for RB Salzburg, but it seems as if Szoboszlai might be ready to move on.

Aaronson, the 19-year-old New Jersey native, won’t make the move until after the MLS season ends and should be eligible to play in January. That would mean Bayern Munich fans won’t get to see him compete against Die Roten in the Champions League this fall (obviously!).

Madrid leads for Mbappe? (Transfer Market Web)

If there is one transfer saga that will capture the hearts and minds of football fandom over the next year, it would probably have to be Kylian Mbappe’s potential exit from Paris Saint-Germain. Per the norm, Real Madrid is at the forefront of prospective suitors:

According to AS, French international winger/forward Kylian Mbappé (21) is adamant over joining Real Madrid, while being rather uninterested in latest proposals, coming from Barcelona FC and Liverpool. Turning down PSG more than once on CL runners-up renewal offer, former AS Monaco star, playing for Ligue 1 defending champions since 2017/18, is currently on a deal with them until June 2022, and is worth around 180 million euros, the same sum he was purchased by back then. Besides, Juventus might be back after the fancy 1998-born as well, though probably only once parting ways from Cristiano Ronaldo, due to financial sustainability matters.

Kramarić named BuLi player of the month (@Bundesliga_EN)

Hoffenheim’s Andrej Kramarić was named Bundesliga Player of the Month. The shellacking he helped put on Bayern Munich clearly helped give him some visibility:

Modrić renewal is no sure thing at Madrid (Transfer Market Web)

If Luke Modrić wants to continue playing, it might not be with Real Madrid per Transfer Market Web:

Playing for Real Madrid since 2012/13, Croatian international deep-lying midfielder Luka Modrić (35) is in renewal talks with Merengues, and odds over the sides involved coming to terms are getting lower. Spanish giants made clear to the 2018 Ballon d’Or winner they are down with a further season-long extension, meaning to push current deadline to June 2022, and no more.

At 35, the Croatian legend is clearly nearing the end of his career and the only real question is whether he would accept a mentor role to close out his career or if he was going to make one last push at being an integral player for a club. As of now, it looks like Modrić might opt to be on the field rather than on the bench.