Chelsea monitoring David Alaba (The Athletic)
In a thoughtful article, Simon Johnson of The Athletic argues that Chelsea must focus its attention on signing central defenders if the Blues really want to challenge Liverpool and Manchester City.
The first name on their list is David Alaba. The Athletic writes,
It is understood Chelsea have explored the possibility of acquiring David Alaba from Bayern Munich in recent months but were given short shrift. This does show, though, that the issue hasn’t been forgotten.
Chelsea reportedly remain keen on signing Leicester City and England left-back Ben Chilwell this summer, but have continued to keep tabs on other options. Chelsea are also said to be interested in versatile Bayern Munich star David Alaba as an alternative. pic.twitter.com/8o9lpozCqs— Frank Khalid (@FrankKhalidUK) June 25, 2020
If Alaba is unavailable — at least while he’s under contract with Bayern — Jerome Boateng could be amenable:
Alaba’s team-mate Jerome Boateng could do a job in the short term. He turns 32 in September, which doesn’t exactly fit Chelsea’s business model. However, he has played over 300 times for Bayern, earned 76 caps for Germany and will be relatively cheap given there is just a year left on his contract.
That might be a realistic solution, if Boateng is willing to move. But Boateng might be happy to stay in Munich under coach Hansi Flick. There are other candidates of course — Dayot Upamecano at RB Leipzig is one of them.
Borussia Dortmund lies down and dies
Dortmund let Andrej Kramaric score four goals against them at the Westfalenstadion in 70 minutes. BVB still finishes in 2nd place, three points ahead of RB Leipzig, but what a shameful way to end the season.
Erling Haaland‘s heat map of today’s match is the funniest thing you’ll see all day. @SofaScore pic.twitter.com/7UAWJbaMgh— Complaxes (@Complaxes) June 27, 2020
Hansi Flick’s Bayern plays best Rückrunde EVER
49/+44 - With 49 of 51 possible points and a goal difference of +44, @FCBayernEN have played the best second half of a #Bundesliga campaign in the history of the competition (Bayern had 49 points and +43 goals in 2012-13). Unique. @FCBayernUS pic.twitter.com/jmFUKz5W5W— OptaFranz (@OptaFranz) June 27, 2020
Hello again, this is Robert Lewangoalski
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Hello again, this is Robert Lewangoalski Big thanks to my teammates for so many wonderful passes and assists, which allowed me to break my own records in the number of goals scored this season & Thank YOU for your amazing support, which inspires me to further successes ⚽ @fcbayern #MEI8TER
Nice britches there, Lucas
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WE ARE @fcbayern #MEI8TER This season was unique and more different than usual. We managed to achieve our goal, but I believe that the most beautiful moments are yet to come I regret that we can’t share our joy with you as spectators but I believe that we will meet again soon #teamwork
From Gnabry and Cuisance’s “snake shirts” to Hernandez’s...snake underwear?
A lot of numbers in this pic
Jerome Boateng happens to be my personal pick for Bayern’s most underrated player. I’m not sure whether he’ll be here next season. Either way, thanks, Jerome!
Chuck wins the Internet
Put this in Black and White and it looks like a 90s Calvin Klein ad @leongoretzka_ https://t.co/HmN8Gzivsv pic.twitter.com/Kn2BiCz6ZE— The Barrel (@TheBarrelBlog) June 27, 2020
With all due respect for Leon Goretzka’s incredible physical transformation, I’m not sure anyone’s biceps should look like that...
Ribery has still got it, scores 1-0 vs Lazio
Ribery still got it pic.twitter.com/8YOuiziZfF— ً (@O_H_99) June 27, 2020
Nicky here gets it:
Franck Ribery making his second start in seven months, at 37, after a serious ankle injury. Casually beats 3 members of one of Serie A's tightest defences on his own before scoring.— Nicky Bandini (@NickyBandini) June 27, 2020
Have a great day!
Mood all weekend. @esmuellert_ pic.twitter.com/rWadzVBIXV— Serge Gnabry (@SergeGnabry) June 27, 2020