Bayern Munich is one club that has decided that it could not meet the allegedly lofty salary demands of David Alaba. Now, though, some other teams might be backing away as well per a report from ESPN (as captured by Tz):
Are the Austrian and his advisor Pini Zahavi standing in their own way? According to information from ESPN, Chelsea are said to have been interested, but the Londoners do not want to pay the required salary. According to the report, the defender is asking for around €450,000 per week, which would translate into an annual salary of around €23 million or £20 million. The Premier League club, which has recently been taken over by Thomas Tuchel, on the other hand, should look at another Bayern player.
According to current media reports, Real Madrid still has the best cards in poker for the free transfer star, and Marca reported an agreement a few weeks ago. However, this was not confirmed, Alaba’s father George even denied the apparently secure deal. There should also have been discussions among the Spaniards about a possible top salary for Alaba.
Clearly, a pandemic is not exactly the best time to try and milk soccer clubs for money. The timing for Alaba to hit the free agent market is just unfortunate for him. That said, Alaba will certainly get offered a handsome salary by some club at some point in this process — but maybe not quite €23 million per year.
With his 20th Bundesliga appearance looking certain, Angelino will reportedly trigger an obligation-to-buy clause for RB Leipzig:
Angelino’s loan deal with RB Leipzig will be made permanent when he makes his next appearance for the club, according to Sport Bild. After spending the second half of last season on loan at Red Bull Arena, Angelino returned to Leipzig from Manchester City on a season-long loan with an appearance-based obligation to buy.
The left-back could make his 20th Bundesliga appearance this season against Augsburg on Friday, which would activate his €20 million clause, as per the report. In total, the 24-year-old Spanish wing-back has featured 46 times for RB Leipzig, racking up nine goals and 16 assists.
Angelino has been fantastic while on loan from Manchester City and his presence on a permanent basis is no doubt welcomed by RB Leipzig.
Calciomercato captured a report from Todofichajes.com, which states that Bayern Munich could have its eyes on Real Betis star Nabil Fekir:
According Todofichajes.com, Bayern Munich is monitoring Nabil Fekir, playmaker, who is tied to Real Betis until June 2023. The Frenchman, valued about 40 million euros, is also a target of AC Milan.
This is not the first time that Bayern Munich has been linked to Fekir, but it might make even less sense now than previously.
Per Italian journalist Fabrizio Romano, Manchester United was never fully invested in participating in the race for RB Leipzig defender Dayot Upamecano. Moreover, Paris Saint-Germain has also cooled its interest as well.
For now, it looks like a three-way dance between Bayern Munich, Liverpool, and Chelsea:
Manchester United have never been in advanced talks to sign Upamecano - always been appreciated but ‘unlikely’. He’s the main target for Bayern Münich prepared to pay the release clause, Chelsea and Liverpool are still in the race. Also PSG interest now cooled down #mufc— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) February 10, 2021
In all, it would be a devastating group of losses for BVB, including Jadon Sancho, Axel Witsel, Manuel Akanji, Mahmoud Dahoud, Giovanni Reyna, Jude Bellingham, Raphael Guerreiro, and Erling Haaland:
Jadon Sancho, Axel Witsel, Manuel Akanji, Mahmoud Dahoud, Giovanni Reyna, Jude Bellingham, Raphael Guerreiro, and Erling Haaland could all end up leaving Borussia Dortmund if they fail to make the Champions League, according to WAZ. #BVB— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) February 10, 2021
Bayern Munich goalkeeper Manuel Neuer deserves a start at striker:
Robert Lewandowski clearly did not want Neuer to hog all of the attention, so he did this:
Former Philadelphia Union player Brenden Aaronson had a terrific goal for Red Bull Salzburg:
I would say Aaronson is on the pathway toward a move to Germany in two-to-three years if he can keep developing at his current rate.