Bayer Leverkusen turns down €80m bid + loan offer from Real Madrid for Kai Havertz (Bild)
Bayer means business. Rudi Völler and co. have insisted that they will accept nothing less than a transfer fee of €100m for German national player Kai Havertz. According to Bild, they just shot down an offer that would have made a lesser club blink:
In order to bring him to Spain, the Royals supposedly proposed the following model to Leverkusen:
Real would transfer a transfer fee of €80 this summer, but then park the player at Bayer for another year before he would transfer to Madrid in 2021.
Bild argues that Bayern is under increasing pressure to act or they risk losing the opportunity to sign Havertz in 2021 themselves. Havertz supposedly wants to reach clarity about his future this summer.
But nothing is set in stone, least of all in soccer.
It seems unlikely to me that another club could top Real Madrid’s offer. Bayern’s priority has been on Leroy Sané all along. They will not change course now to pursue their second target. But the gamble that Havertz may stay in Leverkusen one more year could pay off.
David Alaba speaks out as a Black man from Vienna, Austria
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Also as a black person growing up in Austria/Vienna I had to educate myself on the history of my ancestors. We must unite and make a change. If we don’t speak out, we are a part of the problem. Seeing my black brothers and sisters go through so much pain, deeply saddens me and breaks my heart. After all, I don’t condone violence in any form; racism, rape, discrimination and so on. Stand up and let us do the right thing and fight against the evil. Educate yourself, ask your black friends about their experiences and have peaceful conversations. Please don’t look away. Unity of humanity - we need it now more than ever. God bless you.
Jerome Boateng speaks out as a Black man from Berlin, Germany
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I'm standing up for all my brothers and sisters that haven’t had the luck that I’ve had, for those who haven‘t had the privilege to show their talent on a certain level. Before all that I was a boy like thousands or millions out there. I know how it feels to be insulted by parents of other kids and being spat on. Or other children that got told by their parents to kick me on the pitch. If you haven’t been through situations like that yourself, it is difficult to know what it feels like! I don't want anybody in the world to feel like I felt back then. No kid should feel like that - no matter what colour their skin is or what religion they are. We are all human and it's beautiful that we have different colours and religions to teach other people and to learn from each other. I'm not going to accept how people are treated or even get killed because of their colour or religion. What is most important: it all starts with how we raise our children. No child is born a racist. Education is key.
Chris Richards’s father Ken discusses protests against police brutality in the USA
️New pod!— scuffed (@zlebmada) June 4, 2020
An interview with Ken Richards, father of Chris Richards. It's somber. We talked about George Floyd, Richards' fears for his own children, and his hope that this horrible moment will yield progress.
We also discussed sports. https://t.co/LoCEbcvkPg
Teams in Europe take a knee in solidarity
Teams around the world take a knee in solidarity. pic.twitter.com/Sqwco4Iprb— Bleacher Report (@BleacherReport) June 4, 2020
B/R left out Besiktas:
You forgot to put the best one pic.twitter.com/bacISI1I84— Alpi (@TieriAlpi) June 4, 2020
Bayern Munich disinclined to allow David Alaba to leave — despite stalled extension talks (kicker)
Kicker posted a curious update about David Alaba’s transfer status. According to the German soccer magazine:
In the case of David Alaba the situation is still unclear. It is well known that Bayern would be happy to extend the Austrian (contract until 2021). With respect to Alaba, the FCBayern front office, according to insiders, is still leaning toward “nein” with respect to a transfer after the current season.
That would suggest that Bayern is confident enough that Alaba will eventually come around to some agreement prior to the end of his contract. It seems inconceivable (at least to me) that Bayern would allow a player of Alaba’s caliber to depart on a free transfer (an opinion I also hold about Thiago).