Man City has officially entered the chat (ESPN)
There was a lot of speculation that Pep Guardiola would be extremely eager to bid on Bayern Munich defender David Alaba, but ESPN cited a report from France Football that indicates Manchester City is ready to officially jump into the mix:
Just about every big club in the world has been linked with David Alaba as his contract talks with Bayern Munich rumble on. Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain and Juventus are among those who have been touted to have interest in him, and France Football has added Manchester City to the list.
This gives an indication of just how many choices the Austrian player will have if he does choose to leave Bavaria in the winter or summer window. That isn’t too surprising, considering whichever team signs him would be getting someone who is world class in three positions for either a cut price or no fee at all.
Well...I guess Tom Adams’ Beer League team (Tomstadt) has better start passing the hat if it wants to compete with City.
Wolves eyeing up Sanches? (Transfer Market Web)
Wolverhampton is reportedly taking a peek at former Bayern Munich prospect and current Lille midfielder Renato Sanches:
Proficiently playing for Lille since early 2019/20, Portuguese international midfielder Renato Sanches (23), according to both French and UK sources, has been targeted by Wolverhampton. Former Bayern Munich and Benfica playmaker is currently on a deal with French club until June 2023, and is worth around 18 million euros.
Gosens acknowledges importance of Bayern players for Die Mannschaft (Sport1)
Sport1 featured a very compelling interview with Atalanta defender/midfielder Robin Gosens in which the 26-year-old talked about how important the Bayern Munich contingent is to Germany:
SPORT1: Does a different wind blow at the DFB when the Bayern stars are there?
Gosens : After my second training session with them, I immediately called my girlfriend in the evening and said: “Do you know what I think is so crazy? When these guys are on the pitch, you can tell that they are absolutely winning.” For me it was immediately clear that they wanted to win everything. How they get in there is impressive. Whether it’s a positional game or a five-on-five, if they don’t win or score, they’ll tear themselves apart. The Bayern players are extremely important to our team because they set an example for us to win and lead us with it.
That tidbit is just one of many interesting things Gosens said when talking about his career.
Bayern target gaining more suitors (Daily Mail)
Bayern Munich allegedly was eyeing up Crystal Palace youngster Zion Atta, but Manchester City and Liverpool are getting active in their own pursuit of the prospect:
Manchester City and Liverpool have renewed their interest in prying Crystal Palace prospect Zion Atta away from the Selhurst Park club. England youth forward Atta, 15, remains in demand after impressing in Palace’s youth setup. Palace, who have high hopes for Atta, paid Millwall a guaranteed £60,000 to sign him from their south London rivals aged 13.
However City and Liverpool refuse to be deterred and are continuing their pursuits of Atta who has also been monitored by German trio Bayern Munich, Borussia Monchengladbach and Augsburg.
If Bayern starts pursuing Zion Williamson then I’d pay closer attention.
More awards for Lewy (Goal)
Not only did Robert Lewandowski win Goal’s 50 Award for 2020, but he also finally received a Ballon d’Or:
Former Wolfsburg forward and current Chelsea star Pernille Harder won Goal’s award for a female player.
Dortmund scoping Sarr...but not Bouna (Transfer Market Web)
Borussia Dortmund is reportedly taking a close look at Watford FC winger Ismalia Sarr:
Already tracked by Liverpool and Manchester United, Senegalese international winger Ismaila Sarr (22) is reportedly growing into a major target for Borussia Dortmund, planning a move on him once having decided to let resident star Jadon Sancho go. Watford set a 60 million euros transfer fee upon former Rennes and Metz wonderkid.
I mean...why not just go after all the Sarrs, Dortmund?