Juve still chasing Alaba and Inter enters the fray (Transfer Market Web)
By now, just about everyone knows David Alaba’s contract negotiations with Bayern Munich are not exactly going smoothly. Whenever that happens, the vultures start to circle and Juventus has a prime spot above the Austrian:
While his deal extension with Bayern Munich is still in jeopardy, Austrian international left-back David Alaba (28) isn’t done being a major target for Juventus. Bianconeri are not quitting their plan to fetch him during next winter window, by exploiting his current June 2021 contract deadline, on a much lower transfer fee than this worth. While Alaba, on his hand, would rather join either Real Madrid or Barcelona FC, most Premier League giants and PSG are keen on him as well.
The Old Lady isn’t the only Italian club chasing Alaba, however. Per Calcio Mercato, Inter Milan also wants to get in on the action:
Inter and Juventus are ready to do battle with the big English and Spanish clubs, along with PSG in the event that the player’s contract should reach maturity.
Speculation on Szoboszlai (Tz)
RB Salzburg midfielder Dominik Szoboszlai is one again opening eyes as he scored another wonder goal in Champions League action...this time against Atletico Madrid:
Hey @Arsenal ! Please get this baller in the next window. It really is a no brainer. #szoboszlai— Wolf (@WoolwichCannons) October 21, 2020
Given how quickly the 20-year-old’s stock is rising, Tz began speculation that Bayern Munich, Borussia Dortmund, and RB Leipzig could all be involved in chasing the young talent, who is valued at approximately €25 million.
We at BFW have long been watching Szoboszlai since super scout (and former BFW staffer) Brian Kellogg alerted us to the prospect back in 2018. Back then, Kellogg told us this:
The midfielder, from Red Bull Salzburg is a 6’ 1”, 17-year-old Hungarian youth international, who played on loan in 2017/18 for FC Liefering in the Austrian second division. Both his parent club, Salzburg, and Leifering are affiliated with Red Bull Leipzig of the Bundesliga. Szoboszlai played over 3,000 minutes in 2017/18 in all competitions, scoring 11 and assisting 12 more. RB Leipzig would be reluctant to let him go but Bayern could make them an offer they can’t refuse. The midfielder would have to go on loan for a year or two if Bayern signed him, but he has tremendous upside. Szoboszlai is currently valued at 500,000 Euros on Transfermarkt.
From €500,000 to €25 million? Szoboszlai has had quite a few years...and Bayern should probably hire Kellogg for its advanced scouting. Anyway, the Bavarians will get to see Szoboszlai up close on November 3rd and 25th when Bayern Munich faces off with RB Salzburg in Champions League group stage play.
And if you want a blast from the past, read the entire post, which is titled “BFW postseason breakdown: The Player We Most Want to Transfer In.” In that you’ll see some selections that either won’t shock you (me picking Timo Werner), are relevant (Valentin King picking Fiete Arp), will surprise you (Phillip Quinn selecting Gareth Bale) or make you cringe (Ineednoname picking Malcom).
UCL Speedsters List (@eMiaSanMia)
UEFA released its list of the fastest players from the 2019/2020 Champions League campaign. Alphonso Davies and Kingsley Coman represent Bayern Munich on the list, which is filled with a bevy of true speedsters:
Fastest sprints recorded in the #UCL last season [uefa] pic.twitter.com/9STZ810Ewk— Bayern & Die Mannschaft (@eMiaSanMia) October 27, 2020
For the BFW staffers reading this...“Did I ever tell you that Lukas Klostermann was a near world-class sprinter.” That random factoid is something I bring up every time Klostermann’s name arises. I don’t know why, but I read one interview with him talking about it and it always fascinates me. I can assure you, they are ALL sick of hearing that story.
Sevilla eyeing Draxler? (Transfer Market Web)
Paris Saint-Germain midfielder Julian Draxler can apparently add Sevilla to the list of clubs who have interest in him:
Already tracked by AC Milan, Bayer Leverkusen, Hertha Berlin, and Leeds United, German international midfielder/winger Julian Draxler (27) has been targeted by Sevilla FC as well, according to Estadio Deportivo.
Tricky Nik? (@FCBayernUS)
Niklas Süle flashed a little skill for the cameras:
Your defender could never.— FC Bayern US (@FCBayernUS) October 28, 2020
TRICKlas Süle reporting for duty! ✨#MiaSanMia pic.twitter.com/0EXOPFbFbD
BVB lining up Favre replacements (Transfer Market Web)
Could Borussia Dortmund be looking for its next manager already? A least one report has the Black and Yellows looking at Julian Nagelsmann, Marco Rose, and Jesse Marsch:
Pondering over parting ways from Lucien Favre (in the pic on the left), out of an underwhelming season start, Borussia Dortmund “war-room” execs are considering three names, ahead of choosing a replacement for the almost 63-year old Swiss manager (training German giants since May 2018), according to Sport Bild: Julian Nagelsmann (RB Leipzig), Marco Rose (Borussia Monchengladbach), Jesse Marsch (RB Salzburg).