Bayern Munich enters race for Jadon Sancho (Sky Sports)
Dortmund winger Jadon Sancho has been having an incredible season, with a maddening twelve goals and thirteen assists so far this Bundesliga. This has prompted some of Europe’s top clubs like Manchester City and Liverpool to be interested in him. Now, it’s rumored that Bayern and Barcelona have joined the race for the young star.
A move to Bavaria seems unlikely, however, given Dortmund’s extreme reluctance to sell to Bayern and the potential €120m+ that Sancho would command.
Alphonso Davies’ value skyrockets (Transfermarkt)
#Davies ist einer der großen Marktwert-Gewinner des ersten ligenübergreifenden Sonder-Updates.— Transfermarkt (@Transfermarkt) February 11, 2020
Wie bewertet ihr seine Entwicklung?#FCB #Transfermarkt #TMMarktwerte #Bundesliga pic.twitter.com/m533nzzJJn
Alphonso Davies’ exploits have not gone unnoticed at Transfermarkt. Davies was the big winner of a survey of Bundesliga newcomers like Bayer Leverkusen’s Edmond Tapsoba and BVB’s Erling Haaland. Transfermarkt’s user Soyen writes,
Davies has continued his rapid development in the past weeks. Whereas his first games may have resulted from a tense personnel situation, he has become one of the influential players in Munich. His package of enormous speed and strength in duels, coupled with the offensive qualities of a winger, is also rare viewed internationally.
Davies’ transfer value has shot up from €25m to €40m on Transfermarkt, where he is now ranked seventh among the ten most valuable left-backs worldwide. Ahead of him: Jordi Alba, Alex Sandro, José Gayà, Ben Chilwell, David Alaba, and Andrew Robertson.
Not bad for a kid who’s not even really a left-back — or at least wasn’t!
Tall, blonde, and in a world of trouble — or he will be on Sunday, when it’s his job to keep Robert Lewandowski from scoring against FC Köln, currently in 13th place: Sebastiaan Bornauw is a 20-year-old Belgian center-back who will face Lewandowski again on Sunday. He spoke candidly about the striker:
I think he is the best striker I have played against so far. Lewandowski is unpredictable. Sometimes he simply runs somewhere and you forget he’s standing behind you. Then he suddenly appears and converts a chance for a goal.
So how do you stop Lewy? Bornauw said,
We have to clamp down on the spaces, stay compact, and get down to work aggressively. Against Bayern and Lewandowski, you simply have to be clever — then we’ll see what happens.
Good luck with that, Sebastiaan. It will be an exciting match-up!
Tolisso suitors lining up if Bayern allows his exit this summer (Daily Mail)
Following his failed loan to Manchester United this winter, Corentin Tolisso will again be sought after this summer. The Frenchman’s contract runs through 2020, but Bayern is reportedly open to his leaving, possibly to make room for Kai Havertz.
According to the Daily Mail, Premier League clubs Manchester United and Arsenal will be vying for his services should he be available. Juventus, Napoli, and Atletico Madrid have also been linked to him.
To Tolisso’s credit, he has not created any drama on account of his lack of playing time this season in a crowded midfield. He reportedly has accepted the circumstances and is willing to put in the work to earn his spot for playing time.
A member of Corentin Tolisso's entourage told @le_Parisien on the player's situation: "He's not down at all & is facing the situation. He knows he's playing for a big club where there's big competition. He's waiting for his chance and working hard hoping to change the hierarchy" pic.twitter.com/Oqor1co2eL— Bayern & Germany (@iMiaSanMia) February 13, 2020
Bayern and Barcelona the favourites for Dayot Upamecano (talkSPORT)
News that RB Leipzig CB Upamecano has a €60m release clause in his contract, has recently come to the spotlight. And, Bayern’s apparent long-standing interest in the player, no doubt due to performances like the one he displayed against Bayern, has led many to believe that the Bavarians will sign the player in the summer.
European football expert, Kevin Hatchard, recently said that “Bayern are very much interested, would love to sign him.” However, given that many clubs would be interested in signing Upamecano, he also said, “it is going to be a proper scrap I think in the summer for his signature.” Well, we all know how much Brazzo loves release clauses, hopefully he can secure this one.
Analysis of Thomas Muller’s play (Bundesliga)
The video analysis of Muller’s play is pretty good, and showcases how he exploits space. Well worth a look. Furthermore, the accompanying article does a good job at highlighting why Muller is so underrated.