Sky reporter Max Bielefeld captured a bizarre rumor floating out there that Bayern Munich midfielder Marc Roca might already be looking to leave. Roca, who has reportedly failed to impress Bayern manager Hansi Flick, has only made five appearances so far this season, but his agent is denying that the Spaniard is going anywhere:
⛔️ The rumors sending Marc Roca back to Spain are false: He'll stay at @FCBayern for at least another 6 months. His agent Christian Wein told Sky: "Fake news! He's playing for the best club in the world and still needs some time. It would be wrong to leave now" #TransferUpdate pic.twitter.com/adhMbqwCQt— Max Bielefeld (@Sky_MaxB) January 12, 2021
While it is easy to imagine that Roca is unhappy, it would seem very premature for a move. Bayern Munich’s midfield could be in a major state of flux after the 2020/2021 campaign and Roca could be in line to slide up the depth chart just by process of elimination.
Corentin Tolisso, Javi Martinez, and Tiago Dantas (more on him below), are all potentially leaving Bayern Munich and Angelo Stiller also appears destined to bolt from the campus as well.
All that said, Roca could be looking for a new home after next season if he fails to break through in Bavaria in the 2021/2022 campaign.
Bielefeld has been pretty busy, I guess. The Sky reporter also had a story that Luka Jovic is headed back to Eintracht Frankfurt:
Sky sources: Eintracht Frankfurt is working on a loan deal for Luka Jovic! The player wants to come back to Frankfurt, negotiations between all parties are ongoing. Joshua Zirkzee and Randal Kolo Muani are for now not longer considered as an option #TransferUpdate @Sky_Marc pic.twitter.com/ZqPGQsrWj7— Max Bielefeld (@Sky_MaxB) January 12, 2021
This would be a terrific move for both the player and club honestly. It would not be good for Joshua Zirkzee, though. That kid is having a rough couple of days.
On Tuesday, Bayern Munich manager Hansi Flick dismissed a report from Sport 1, which stated that the club had already made up its mind to return Tiago Dantas to Benfica. Sport Bild, however, issued their own story that Dantas could be headed back to Portugal in July, but ultimately hedged on committing to firmly putting a report out there:
After three months, he was still unable to prove that he was a player for the pros. The investment of 7.5 million euros for him is currently too high — especially in Corona times — an obligation would be more of a surprise than the departure of the little technician. Nevertheless, Tiago Dantas still has the chance to prove himself with the professionals and in the 2nd team until the end of the season.
On the surface, it does seem like it would be a bit early to make that call on Dantas. We can take Flick on his word, but the job of a manager — when dealing with the press — is to dole out selective with truth. There is zero benefit to committing on Dantas — one way or the other — for any team official at Bayern Munich.
That is just a part of the job, so it will simply be a waiting game for fans to see what eventually happens with Dantas.
I am never one to shred another guy for what he wears (seriously, you should see my wardrobe), but Bayern Munich’s Jerome Boateng has no problems give Alphonso Davies some guff for his footwear:
One-time Bayern Munich target Dominik Szoboszlai was honored as Hungary’s Sportsman of the Year for 2020. What makes that award cool is that Szoboszlai was first ever “team sport” athlete to win the award:
A huge honour for Dominik #Szoboszlai, with our new signing voted Hungary's Sportsman of the Year 2020— RB Leipzig English (@RBLeipzig_EN) January 11, 2021
It's the first time in the award's 63-year history that it has gone to someone involved in team sports. Congrats, Dominik!
⚪ #RBLeipzig pic.twitter.com/qhEpQfUnpC
That is one dramatic and serious picture.
We covered the FC Bayern Munch Frauen’s late push to sign Stanford phenom Catarina Macario, but the German side fell short. Olympique Lyon announced the signing yesterday:
L’Olympique Lyonnais est très heureux d’annoncer l’arrivée de la milieu de terrain internationale américaine @catarinamacario, en provenance de l’équipe universitaire de Stanford, pour 2 saisons et demie, soit jusqu’au 30 juin 2023. #BienvenueCatarina pic.twitter.com/rlUdmgwajQ— OL Féminin (@OLfeminin) January 12, 2021
Sign me up for any video of dogs doing cool stuff: