Bayern Munich could be interested in Canadian youngster Jonathan David (Forbes)
According to Manuel Veth (writing for Forbes), Bayern Munich are among the potential destinations of Gent and Canada NT forward Jonathan David. David is the second highest rated Canadian player in the world right now, only behind Bayern’s own Alphonso Davies, and he’s been lighting it up in Belgium and the UEFA Europa League.
Apparently, the striker seems to favor a move to the Bundesliga.
According to the report, Gent turned down offers of up to €25m for the striker. David’s agent has already confirmed that his client would like to move on to a bigger challenge, with both Premier League and Bundesliga clubs being interested.
The question is — which clubs? While Bayern aren’t named in the report, Veth’s follow up tweet re: the “Haaland situation” implies the interest of either Bayern or Leipzig, both of whom were linked with Haaland before he chose Borussia Dortmund.
Could Hasan Salihamidzic be interested in bringing even more North Americans to the club? Maybe, given the success of Davies, Brazzo’s pet project. However, Veth’s tweet could also be a reference to RB Leipzig instead, who also stand to lose Timo Werner this summer and may have a roster spot up for grabs. In comparison, with Robert Lewandowski still lighting it up at the moment, the Bavarians have no immediate need for a striker — but a Gnabry-style loan arrangement could be on the cards.
In any case, this is all speculation — which is why it’s perfect material for the Schmankerl! Serious transfer rumors get their own article.
More Leroy Sané drama that we just couldn't be bothered to write about (Daily Telegraph)
According to Mike McGrath of the Daily Telegraph, Leroy Sane is once again reconsidering his options, as Bayern have not yet finalized their plans for the summer. It could have something to do with Sané switching agents, and then that new agency getting raided by Spanish authorities for money laundering, but whatever. The report, behind a paywall no less, alleges that the player could extend his contract and stay at Manchester City.
Yawn, we’ve heard this a million times before, it’s honestly getting a bit boring at this point. Journos, come up with something new.
Bayern Munich linked with an Aston Villa wonderkid (Manchester Evening News)
According to MEN (yeah, that’s their acronym), Bayern Munich and Ajax are among those clubs set to rival Manchester City for the signing of Aston Villa youngster Jaden Philogene-Bidace. The 17-year-old has a contract that expires next season, which is probably why he’s suddenly linked with European elites like Bayern and Ajax.
Of course, until we get a better source, we can assume that this is just another case of a football agent dragging Bayern’s name into the picture to drum up interest for his client. While the club are in the market for young wingers right now, it’s unlikely that there’s anything to these reports at the moment.
Of course it’s by Sport, so it’s unlikely to be true, but Philippe Coutinho has been linked with a return to Liverpool in the summer. The Brazilian, currently on loan at Bayern from Barcelona, has a massive 120m euro purchase clause in his contract that the Bavarians are unlikely to trigger. Given the circumstances, speculation about his next destination have been the norm.
According to the report, Liverpool are keeping tabs on the Brazilian, who left the club for a staggering fee in the winter of 2018. Coutinho finds himself a misfit at both Bayern and Barcelona, so a return to the club that made him so successful in the first place sounds like a great idea — until you realize that the Liverpool team he left is a different beast from the one that is currently crushing the Premier League into a fine powder.
He wouldn’t be an immediate starter under Jurgen Klopp if he were to return — and at 27 (soon to be 28) years of age, Coutinho probably wants to go somewhere where he can get significant playing time. Teams like Chelsea, Juventus, and Tottenham Hotspur would be more fitting destinations, but they haven’t been linked because the tabloid writers aren’t creative enough. What a shame.
More wholesome content from Leipzig (Sarcasm)
Ther other prominent Rasenballsport Leipzig group, LE United, were said to have physically attacked Red Aces members in 2017, reportedly for wearing “refugees welcome” shirts.— Felix Tamsut (@ftamsut) March 6, 2020
Here, their members pose next to Leipzig’s former Zentralstadion, where Rasenballsport Leipzig play. pic.twitter.com/Hk591CPEGG