Bayern Munich monitoring Wilfried Zaha (Daily Mail)
Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha made headlines a few days ago for an unfortunate reason: he was targeted by racist posts ahead of a clash with Aston Villa. It turned out the perpetrator was a 12-year-old boy.
Zaha’s future with Crystal Palace, meanwhile, is up in the air. Playing primarily on the right wing, Zaha has helped Palace stay up in the Premier League by scoring 4 goals and assisting 5 more. For context, Palace has the second fewest goals in the league at just 30 with a -15 goal difference. Their top scorer, Jordan Ayew, has only 9.
Zaha is eager to move on, but he was thwarted last summer by Palace’s asking price of £80 million. Among the clubs interested in the winger now, the Mail reports that Everton, Atletico Madrid, Newcastle, and Bayern Munich are all monitoring his situation.
Bayern obviously is not going to spend anywhere near £80 million (= €88 million) for Zaha, whose value Transfermarkt puts at “just” €44. Even that would be very steep for a player who, presumably, would join as the fourth winger on the team after Leroy Sané, Kingsley Coman, and Serge Gnabry if Ivan Perisic leaves after his loan.
Manchester City still interested in David Alaba (kicker)
Now that Manchester City has escaped most, but not all, punishment for its financial fair play violations, the hunt is on to bolster the most expensive roster in the world. Kicker reports in an article dedicated to the fallout of the decision by the CAS to overturn City’s conviction that the club remains interested in Bayern Munich’s David Alaba, who still has not signed an extension.
It remains to be seen whether Alaba, like Thiago, has decided to move his young family away from Munich.
Jerome Boateng open to staying at Bayern Munich, club scouting Diego Carlos (kicker)
Jerome Boateng has had a very, very good season. Incredibly, he was kicker’s highest-rated central-defender across the Bundesliga. Kicker cited a few more numbers indicative of his season: he won duels at a rate of 63.3% (last season: just 50.9%) and won aerial challenges at a rate of 77.1% (last season: 52%). He won the ball in the midfield 46 times — only his teammate David Alaba (52) and Marcel Halstenberg (50) and Dayot Upamecano (47) of RB Leipzig had more. Finally, he improved the rate at which long balls reached a teammate from 53.5% to 59.8%.
Boateng’s contract with Bayern Munich expires at the conclusion of the 2020/21 season. Kicker reports that he can very well imagine staying at Bayern until then, and he has a very good relationship with Hansi Flick.
Still, Boateng could also move on: Bayern could let him transfer out for a good offer, this summer being their last opportunity to charge a transfer fee. But Bayern is counting on Niklas Süle to return to health and form, and Lucas Hernandez will also presumably contend with him and Alaba (presuming he stays) for a spot in the central defense.
Kicker adds that Bayern is scouting FC Sevilla defender Diego Carlos as a potential new signing. Carlos, 27 years old, is under contract until 2024. He would not come cheap: Transfermarkt rates his value as €32 million.
Kai Havertz determined to transfer this summer — Chelsea the favorite (kicker)
Kai Havertz has decided that the time to take the next step in his career is now: kicker reports that the German talent intends to transfer out of Bayer Leverkusen at the end of the club’s Europa Cup campaign.
“There are several indications that Havertz has decided in favor of Chelsea FC in his choice for a new employer,” kicker writes. Roman Abramovich is building a new super-team under Frank Lampard, and after signing Timo Werner from RB Leipzig and Hakim Ziyech from Ajax Amsterdam, is interested in signing Havertz to compliment Chelsea’s offence.
Chelsea is one of few clubs that could and would pay Bayer Leverkusen’s hard price of €100 million for the 21-year-old star in the making. Leverkusen’s sporting director Simon Rolfes said that no one has yet made a concrete offer for Havertz, but Chelsea might change that soon.
“Accept it,” says Guardiola after CAS overturns City’s FFP punishment (MEN, ManCity.com)
In a press conference before City cruised to a 2-1 victory over Bournemouth, Pep Guardiola stated he was “incredibly happy” that the CAS has vindicated City. “Yesterday was a great day for football, because we showed that we play by the same rules of all the elite clubs,” he said, contradicting Liverpool coach Jürgen Klopp, who described the ruling as a “not a good day for football.” Guardiola continued:
We can play in the Champions League next season because what we have done is right, is proper. What this club has done in the last decade has been done on the pitch. I know that for elite clubs — especially Liverpool, United, Arsenal — it is uncomfortable us being here but they have to understand we deserve to be with them competing with them.
We don’t have to ask for permission to be there. We deserve to be there. Guys — accept it.
We have invested a lot of money, like a lot of clubs, but we did the right thing because if not we would be banned and we are not banned because we followed the FFP rules. If not, we would be banned and could not play.
Liverpool coasting to the end
Official 2019-20 Liverpool record squandering diary— Duncan Alexander (@oilysailor) July 15, 2020
Dec 17: Quadruple ❌
Feb 29: PL Invincibles ❌
Mar 3: Treble ❌
Mar 11: League & CL double ❌
Mar 11: Retain European Cup ❌
Jul 11: Perfect home record ❌
Jul 15: 100+ point season ❌