Perisic back in Conte’s doghouse (Football Italia)
Bayern Munich treble-winner Ivan Perisic returned to Inter Milan and seems to be experiencing a bit of déjà vu. After a solid start to the season, Perisic is reportedly right back in Antonio Conte’s doghouse, further solidifying the fact that Inter had no idea what it was doing in playing hardball with the Bavarians.
Rumors are now even emerging that Perisic could be headed out the door in January:
Ivan Perisic reportedly struggles to convince Inter coach Antonio Conte and could be on his way out the door in January. The Croatia international returned to the Nerazzurri after a season on loan with Bayern Munich, helping Die Roten to the Treble last season.
La Gazzetta dello Sport reports the winger, who has been mostly used at the left in a midfield five since his return, has not convinced Conte after his return to the club. The newspaper claims the Inter coach has been disappointed by the performances and the personality of the 31-year-old. And Inter are therefore ready to listen to offers for the Champions League winner in January. Perisic has played 11 times in Serie A this term, scoring once and contributing three assists in the process.
This should shock no one. Conte did not want Perisic last season and it is rare that a manager with a big ego has an epiphany that would change his or her mind up on a player. The best move for everyone would have been Inter Milan being realistic after last season and taking whatever Bayern Munich was willing to pay.
Now, they are right back where anyone with half a brain knew this would end up.
Szoboszlai confirms Salzburg exit (Sport Bild)
Red Bull Salzburg star Dominik Szoboszlai did not acknowledge the rumors that he was leaving for RB Leipzig, but he did say that he is likely closing down his career in Austria:
In an interview with Sky, the Hungarian said when asked whether the two remaining games were the last in the team: “Yes, exactly.” The 20-year-old didn’t want to reveal where he was headed. “I haven’t made my decision yet.” Recently, RB Leipzig had expressed a keen interest in the dangerous striker. “That is actually someone we find very interesting,” said sports director Oliver Mintzlaff.
According to SPORT BILD information, a deal between Leipzig and sister club Salzburg has been almost certain for a long time. An official announcement could follow in the coming days.
Transfer Market Web, like we hinted at just a week ago, is saying the deal will likely be done before Christmas:
Bundesliga giants are even likely to announce the 2000-born playmaker joining in before Christmas. The thought of Szoboszlai spicing up the RB Leipzig attack is very intriguing for the Bundesliga.
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I really rate Szoboszlai as a talent and think he is a player who can seamlessly transition to life in the German Bundesliga. Much like Borussia Dortmund’s Erling Haaland, Szoboszlai has the requisite skillset and mindset to make that move without much of a “soft landing” period. The 20-year-old Hungarian is going to bring creativity and a knack for creating offense to Die Roten Bullen. Julian Nagelsmann, however, will surely be working with Szoboszlai to fine-tune his defensive awareness and positioning. Regardless, this is a fantastic move for Leipzig.
Haaland not taking the bait (@FabrizioRomano)
Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland was not going to allow himself to baited into discussing his future plans:
Haaland to Sky Sport: “My future? I’m happy at Borussia Dortmund. I’ve spent a great year with Favre, I want to thank him.— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) December 14, 2020
Ballon d’Or is my dream as the Champions League... I’m happy with the Golden Boy. Keep an eye on Hauge: he’s a talent and he’s playing in a beautiful club”.
Fenerbahçe scoping Özil again (Transfer Market Web)
Arsenal outcast Mesut Özil might be in talks for a future with DC United, but Fenerbache might make a last-ditch effort to bring in the star-crossed attacking midfielder:
While in advanced talks with DC United, over what’s most likely going to be a summer move, 32-year old German attacking midfielder Mesut Ozil, parting ways with Arsenal after a long-lasting feud with his almost eight-year long fending side, has been targeted by Fenerbahçe once more. According to latest Turkish news, Istanbul-based side, already tracking former Real Madrid playmaker in the recent past, are planning a winter run at him.
Side note: For some reason that I cannot rationally explain, I actually (accidentally?) watched Yeni Malatyaspor smack Fenerbahçe 3-0 over the weekend and here are some quick hitters:
- Özil would immensely help Fenerbache. They were slow and uncreative.
- The overall quality of play in the game was really, really subpar unfortunately. Hopefully that was just a one-off poor performance for Fenerbache.
- At 33, Bayern Munich alum Luiz Gustavo was still racking up key minutes for Fenerbahce.
- Despite the loss, Fenerbahce still sits in third place.
Mbappe will only leave with parental consent (Sky)
Paris Saint-Germain star Kylian Mbappe has been rumored to be thinking about leaving France, but he won’t do so without the blessing of his parents.
“We make every decision together, as a family,” Mbappe told Copa 90 (as captured by Sky). “I think it’s the strongest possible thing. This has pushed me higher and allowed me to be where I am today. Without them, it would be impossible, because sometimes you have bad moments. When you have bad moments in your career, you can see which people are there for you, and my parents are there for me every time. Without them, I don’t think I would have everything I do at the moment. They show me the right way to be and I’m really lucky to have these parents.”
The most recent whispers have hinted that Liverpool is interested in making a move for the 21-year-old star.
Adams forms his own team (Stars and Stripes FC)
RB Leipzig midfielder Tyler Adams in ambitious in a lot of ways and proved it by starting his own club, the Hudson Valley Hammers, who will play in the United Premier Soccer League (4ith division):
Tyler Adams is not just one of the leaders of the new school on the field for the United States. He’s doing his best to provide more opportunities to grow the game where he grew up. Recently, Adams led an effort to form the Hudson Valley Hammers, and they have been approved to begin play in the spring in the United Premier Soccer League.