United now a contender for Alaba (FCInterNews.it)
Inter Milan site “FC Inter News” assessed the Italian club’s chances of landing Bayern Munich defender David Alaba. The site intimated that “Pini Zahavi is touring Europe to find the best solution for his client David Alaba” and “Inter and Juventus have already turned on the radars for some time, but they do not seem to have the economic strength to support Zahavi’s requests (there is also a double-digit commission).”
While Alaba’s financial requirements are a sore subject for Bayern Munich and the Italy contingent alike, the lingering Premier League clubs might not be inclined to be so fiscally responsible.
Per the site:
Watch out for the English: with the two of Manchester (City and United) pressing for some time. Don’t forget that Paris Saint-Germain who already wanted him a year ago, as did Real Madrid. In the background, Barcelona: a lot will depend on the outcome of the presidential elections.
The full rundown of Alaba suitors now looks like this:
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
- Inter Milan
- Paris Saint-Germain
- Tom Adams’ Beer League squad
Will this list continue to grow? FC Barcelona and Real Madrid join Juventus and Inter Milan in not necessarily being keen to pay Alaba’s exorbitant salary demands, so maybe we should “watch out for the English.”
As Sport Witness points out, however, Italy would offer Alaba a very advantageous tax situation with its lower rates for high-earners.
More Haaland-related drama (Transfermarkt)
If you want to get a rise out of Borussia Dortmund CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke, just ask him if Erling Haaland has an exit clause in his contract.
Speaking to Sport Bild (as captured by Transfermarkt), Watzke once again denied claims that Haaland has a €75 million out-clause in his contract: “There is no such agreement. We have a clear wish that Erling will stay with us even longer and want to convince him and his agent of this.”
A real cynic will point out that Watzke’s “no agreement” declaration does not include an explanation on whether there is no clause currently or at all. Specifically, it does not directly address the rumored 2022 trigger for the exit clause. Is it a matter of semantics or is he telling the truth...who knows?
Regardless, could Dortmund convince Haaland to stay past 2024 (or 22 if you are an Exit Clause Truther)? The player seems to have a firm grasp of just how good he is and ultimately it will be up to him on whether or not he views Signal Iduna Park as the long-term home for his career.
Impossible to beat “The Wall” at “Wall Ball?” (@FCBayernEN)
One cannot simply beat Manuel Neuer at wall ball:
Not sure this game of 'wall ball' is a fair contest pic.twitter.com/C2u56lv5qI— FC Bayern English (@FCBayernEN) November 5, 2020
Flick tricks (@Bundesliga_EN)
Hansi Flick’s talent isn’t just reserved to being a top-notch manager:
Flick's got tricks pic.twitter.com/QcnPZ1ttJW— Bundesliga English (@Bundesliga_EN) November 5, 2020
Looking back (@FCBayern)
This tweet from Bayern Munich perfectly and succinctly captures the club’s incredible Champions League winning streak:
Was. für. ein. Lauf! #SALFCB #FCBayern #MiaSanMia #UCL pic.twitter.com/WyW5rTsRIg— FC Bayern München (@FCBayern) November 4, 2020
The joy of scoring a goal captured (@VitalityWFACup)
There is not much better than the sheer happiness and excitement of scoring a goal. The Manchester City women’s team captured that perfect in an empty stadium when USWNT star Sam Mewes headed home this beauty:
Sound ON!— Vitality Women's FA Cup (@VitalityWFACup) November 4, 2020
Hear the noise from the @ManCityWomen players when @sammymewy scored the opener in the #WomensFACupFinal!
Watch the full pitchside highlights on the FA Player: https://t.co/RKCtduYVBd pic.twitter.com/IT21XW79ft
Bremen pulls plug on internationals (Get Germany Football News)
Werder Bremen made a difficult call in preventing its international call-ups from leaving the club and reporting to their respective countries:
According to kicker, Bundesliga side Werder Bremen will not allow any of their players to travel abroad during the international break if they’re called up by their respective nations. This would affect players such as Marco Friedl (Austria), Milos Veljkovic (Serbia), Milot Rashica (Kosovo), Yuya Osako (Japan) and Josh Sargent (USA). However, Jiri Pavlenka would be able to play for Czech Republic against Germany on November 11 as this fixture takes place in Leipzig.
Per updated FIFA rules, during the pandemic, there is no obligation by clubs to release players for their international teams if a player is threatened with a five-day quarantine upon return – like in Bremen – regardless of a positive/negative test. A player such as Sargent would travel to the USA for games against Costa Rica and Panama but would also travel to Wales, who are currently on “firebreak lockdown”, a short and sharp lockdown to help regain the spread of Covid-19.
While it was a difficult decision Die Werderaner did what was best for the immediate future of its club. You can’t fault them for that (well, I’m sure some of you can...haha).