Neuer coming around to signing extension (SPORT1)
The distance separating Manuel Neuer and Bayern Munich from agreeing to a contract extension seems to be closing. According to SPORT1, Oliver Kahn has made “a very positive impression” on Neuer in their talks “on account of his technical knowledge and negotiating skill.”
Sport1 states that Neuer now is likely to extend his contract, but not until 2025 as he had initially demanded. Hansi Flick has been adamant about his support for Neuer throughout. He stated, “We’ve known each other for so long already. Of course we talk. He knows what I think of him and he knows what he has at Bayern.”
Flick is counting on Thiago (see below) and David Alaba to extend their contracts as well. “I have repeatedly said very clearly what I think of Manuel Neuer and how I value him. Just like Alaba and Thiago. All of them play on an especially high level.”
Only details left for Thiago’s extension to 2023 (kicker)
A few days ago, we reported an earlier report by kicker (via SPOX) that Thiago Alcantara and Bayern were close to agreeing on a contract extension. Now kicker reports that the papers are nearly ready to be signed. They write:
[Talks] are now very advanced and only minor details still need to be cleared up. He’s the next about to sign a contract extension. The duration of their further cooperation has been determined: Thiago is also supposed to sign until June 30, 2023, and thus would stay a decade in Munich.
As kicker notes, Thiago has played 227 games for Bayern, scoring 31 goals and providing 38 assists. And that’s just the easy offensive stats.
Gnabry talks about Common Goal’s COVID-19 help fund (kicker)
The Common Goal foundation, to which now over 120 professional soccer players and coaches from 30 countries contrite one percent of their salaries, has established a COVID-19 fund to help members of the soccer industry and the public help the global response to the coronavirus pandemic. The money collected for the fund will be used to support efforts to check the spread of the virus in regions with weak institutional structures.
Bayern’s serge Gnabry, who joined the initiative in 2017 together with Mats Hummels, gave a statement about the new project:
Even the best player cannot win if the team does not work together. And it’s exactly the same way off the playing field. Both in soccer and off the pitch, we should develop a way of thinking and acting that is based on international collaboration and teamwork. There is no ego in Common Goal. The purpose is to confront the social challenges of our time together. Every man and woman can play an important part on this team by donating to the Common Goal COVID-19 aid fund.
Transfermarkt slashes transfer values €9.2 billion across the board (Transfermarkt)
In light of the presumption “that there will be fewer financial resources available worldwide than it had been the case before the crisis,” Transfermarkt has taken the unprecedented step of slashing transfer values across their entire database of players. They wrote,
Transfermarkt has reacted to the exceptional situation with the unprecedented step of making a global market value cut of 20% – players born in 1998 or later will be downgraded by 10%. In total, this amounts to a market value minus of €9.22 billion.
€9 billion in player market values have been wiped off— Transfermarkt.us (@TMusa_news) April 8, 2020
This has also impacted the top 10 of the world's most valuable players
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Bayern loses €179.7 in transfer values (Forbes, Transfermarkt)
That adjustment to transfer values naturally hits Bayern particularly hard on Transfermarkt’s estimation of their players’ hypothetical transfer value. Manuel Veth writes,
Bayern Munich was the hardest hit Bundesliga side, the Rekordmeister saw €179.7 million in player market values disappear overnight losing 19.9% of the club’s market value. In Alphonso Davies, the Bavarian club have only one player who was born after 1998 and has a significant market value. Among the ten most valuable Bayern players not a single one was born in or after 1998.
Obviously, these numbers are arbitrary and specific to Transfermarkt, and Bayern Munich may stand to benefit if as it moves to complete several acquisitions of their own. It will be an interesting summer transfer window, whenever it opens.
DFB relaxes financial requirements for 3.Liga and Frauen-Bundesliga (DFB.de)
The DFB has taken action to relieve some of the stress on clubs in the 3.Liga and the Frauen-Bundesliga by relaxing the regular financial requirements that these clubs normally have to meet. The usual scrutiny of the financial status of clubs will not be enforced for the upcoming 2020/21 season. The DFB stated,
Among other things, clubs will not be denied participation on the grounds of a failure to prove their economic viability. The stipulation of possible conditions, terms, and sanctions has been adjusted or suspended in other areas of the admissions process, as well.
The unanimously approved changes apply exclusively for the current admission process and the prescribed reviews of economic viability for the 2020/21 season. Upon the beginning of the admission procedure for the 2021/22 season, the previous measures will take effect again in the 3.Liga and the Frauen-Bundesliga.
That is likely to come as a major relief to many clubs participating in the 3.Liga and the Frauen-Bundesliga. It was revealed this past week (Transfermarkt) that 13 of the 36 clubs participating in the Bundesliga and the 2.Liga face insolvency if games cannot resume in May.
Minimum age in the Bundesliga lowered to 16 (DFL.de)
In another change to affect German soccer, the DFL member assembly has voted to lower the minimum age of players in the Bundesliga and 2.Bundesliga to 16. That puts the Bundesliga in harmony with the other major European leagues. Previously, the very minimum age was 16 years, six months, and the youngest player to debut was Nuri Sahin for Dortmund at 16 years, 11 months, and a day.
Would FIFA bail out world soccer? (ESPN)
FIFA is supposedly deliberating measures to help global soccer during the coronavirus pandemic. The organization is sitting on $2.7 billion in cash reserves, most of which it has not already allocated. One idea floating around is a kind of bailout. ESPN writes,
The organization, which has cash reserves of more than $2.7 billion, as well as the ability to borrow against future income and guarantee loans, is exploring ways to stave off economic disaster.
Clubs are starved of cash as broadcasting and turnstile revenue remains in limbo, and the overall “financial structure of the game” that is based on the transfer value of players (see above) is “in jeopardy.”
But why would FIFA do anything honest or good — especially something beneficial to the poor clubs of the world?
FIFA being FIFA, I’d expect them to fork over most of the money to the very wealthiest federations and clubs (they have the biggest losses, after all!) and keep the rest for itself in graft. Prove me wrong, Mr. Infantino.