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Daily Schmankerl: Barca offers Coutinho to Arsenal in swap? West Ham talent Baker-Boaitey flying to Munich, and more!

Barcelona is hoping to find a way out of its Coutinho predicament by shipping the Brazilian off to London in exchange for Matteo Guendouzi.

Brighton & Hove Albion v Arsenal FC - Premier League Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images

Philippe Coutinho set for Barcelona/Arsenal player swap? (Bild)

Is Philippe Coutinho finally going to find out where he’s playing next season? According to reports, the Brazilian may be involved in a player swap with Arsenal’s Matteo Guendouzi.

Barcelona are a financial disaster and, if you listen to the rumors surrounding the game right now, are heading toward bankruptcy. They don’t have the money to splash cash on new players like they used to, so being able to swap a player that they’re not interested in and isn’t interested in player there anymore seems to be the best way out.

Coutinho’s biggest problem remains that Barcelona overpaid for him by so much, that the Catalans think they’re just going to keep dragging him around until they find someone willing to be an exorbitant amount of money for him. And, that’s not going to happen, especially in this economy.

He had a solid season at Bayern by all accounts, finishing tied for third with Thomas Muller in goals scored for the club in Bundesliga play in more than 800 fewer minutes. Unfortunately for Coutinho, the transfer fee Barcelona is demanding for him just isn’t going to be paid by a team with a brain.

West Ham’s Benicio Baker-Boaitey heading to Munich this week for talks (The Sun)

The 16-year-old Benicio Baker-Boaitey was offered a professional contract from West Ham, which he could sign once he turned 17 in January 2021, but the young player turned in down and told the club he was looking at his options elsewhere. Now, it appears that Bayern are one of the finalists for his signature. He heads to Munich this week to hear details on what the Bavarians plan is for him to continue his development as a young professional.

Back in May, Sport1 reported that Bayern were interested in the prospect, and that his game was reminiscent of Douglas Costa. Due to him being out of contract, the transfer cost would only be a €250,000 training compensation fee due to West Ham.

Bayern are joined in the chase for his signature with Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester United, and Liverpool.

Miroslav Klose looking after Sané and the youngsters (kicker)

At the end of July, Miroslav Klose will join Hansi Flick’s coaching staff as the team prepares itself for the rigors of the Champions League. Presuming that the team defeats Chelsea and advances to the final rounds, Klose will not accompany the team to Portugal. Klose will instead look after a small group of players who will stay behind in Munich.

The players who will be under Klose’s care include new signees Leroy Sané, Tanguy Nianzou Kouassi, Alexander Nübel, and Adrian Fein. Klose will also work with some of Bayern’s brightest prospects, including Oliver Batista Meier (19).

Niko Kovac officially appointed the head coach at AS Monaco

On Sunday, AS Monaco officially announced that former Bayern Munich head coach Niko Kovac would take up the reigns at the principality beginning on Monday. According to the club, Kovac has signed a three year contract with an option to extend. Oleg Petrov, the club’s CEO, had this to say:

We are very happy to welcome Niko Kovac to the Club. This season marks the start of a new chapter for AS Monaco, with a defined sporting plan in line with the club’s objectives. This direction will be embodied by Niko as coach. Niko is recognized for his work both for the national team and his work in club environments, in the development of young talent, the management of experienced players and the ability to achieve very good results. I’m convinced that his experience and personality will help us achieve our goals.

Congrats and good luck, Niko!

Could Mario Götze follow Kovac to Monaco? (Bild)

Mario Götze became a free agent on July 1 as his contract with Borussia Dortmund expired. Bild reports that Götze is currently evaluating several options. Among them, apparently, are AS Monaco, FC Sevilla, AC Milan, and AC Fiorentina.

Monaco has granted Kovac’s request that his brother Robert and two assistant coaches join him at Monaco. Could he also ask the club to pursue Götze? The attacking midfielder was frozen out of the lineup at Dortmund, but at only 28 years old, he could still have a lot to offer.

Hertha Berlin pushing for Tesla or Amazon as new sponsor (Berliner Zeitung)

Following investor Lars Windhorst pumping €374 million into the club, Hertha Berlin are looking to make a big splash with their new main sponsor. In recent months, the club has reached out to USA corporations Tesla and Amazon to be on the club’s jersey moving forward. Current sponsor Tedi only has one year remaining on their current deal but would likely accept a way out of the contract if possible.

Windhorst wants to turn the club into a Bundesliga and world giant, so the big money from a Tesla or Amazon would be huge. Tesla is building a factory just outside of Berlin in Grünheide. If Tesla, for instance, was to become the club’s sponsor, it would likely end the club’s association with Hyundai. Instead of moving Hyundai from the sleeve sponsor to the front of jersey, however, Windhorst is aiming higher.

You should try outdoor training, ideally with giant bricks!

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