David Alaba’s press conference to announce that he was leaving Bayern Munich did not exactly offer any groundbreaking news. In fact, it seemed very odd given that nearly everyone already knew he was leaving.
With the official confirmation nailed down, the rumors quickly circulated about where Alaba would go next and according to Italian journalist Gianluca DiMarzio, the Austrian will head to Real Madrid on a four-year deal worth €10 million (net) per season:
David Alaba will leave Bayern Munich on a free transfer at the end of the season: in his future, starting from the next sporting year, there will be Real Madrid (Atalanta’s next opponent in the Champions League), a club with which he will sign a four-year contract of 10 million euros net per season.
During his “decision” press conference yesterday, Alaba also gave a bit of a hint on at least one of his potential destinations:
David Alaba about his Spanish: „My Spanish is not good, but good enough for the pitch“— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) February 16, 2021
The list of suitors (as of now) reportedly stands at Real Madrid, FC Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain as the prime contenders, while Liverpool, Manchester City, and Chelsea are on the outside looking in unless Alaba changes his mind about the Premier League.
Bayern Munich will be facing some stiff competition from Real Madrid on Stade Rennais F.C. midfielder Eduardo Camavinga per Sport1 journalist Florian Plettenberg:
Update #Camavinga: Chief scout Neppe has already inquiried about him. However, his mgmt. is not only talking to #FCBayern, all of Europe's top clubs are chasing him, especially #HalaMadrid. Out of the question that he will fulfil his contract until 2022. Price: >€35Mio. @SPORT1— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) February 16, 2021
Right now, Bayern Munich is linked with Camavinga, the Borussia Mönchengladbach duo of Florian Neuhaus and Denis Zakaria, and Inter Milan’s Lucien Agoume (on loan with Spezia) as midfield options to join the squad next season.
Realistically, given the presence of Joshua Kimmich, Leon Goretzka, Marc Roca, and Jamal Musiala — and the budget constraints that Bayern Munich might be facing — it will be interesting to see if the plan is to secure one or two of these players. In my opinion, one player would be suffice (I’m even okay with no midfield signings).
It also remains to be seen exactly how Musiala is used most often. The youngster could slot in at the 8, 10, or at either wing. In addition, Torben Rhein is considered the jewel of Bayern Munich’s youth ranks right now and could be in line for a promotion to the senior team as early as next season if he continues to progress.
It is widely-assumed that Corentin Tolisso and Javi Martinez will both leave after the season, which creates the roster space for the Bavarians to potentially go midfielder shopping.
One of the great aspects of Alphonso Davies’ game is his incredible recovery speed. When he makes a mistake, Davies is often able to make-up for it with his ability to get back and make a play. This clip below is a good snapshot of just why Davies is able to make errors with his positioning or in reading the flight of the ball and still not always hurt the team:
Take a moment to appreciate this electrifying speed by Alphonso Davies pic.twitter.com/t4ijo4xFTl— ESPN FC (@ESPNFC) February 15, 2021
Being the Doogie Howser of Bundesliga coaches is not easy, even if Julian Nagelsmann makes it look that way for RB Leipzig. In a reminder that, yes, Nagelsmann is a young fella, the manager went full “snowboard bro” for this video. I am sure he was Stoked to be Shreddin’ the Gnar on the Pow. The man just has Steez for days:
Julian ❤️ Snowboarden pic.twitter.com/KCnP75wKsj— Die Roten Bullen (@DieRotenBullen) February 13, 2021
Former Bayern Munich caretaker Willie Sagnol has been named head coach of the Georgia national team:
Last training Bayern Munich, back in October 2017, as a caretaker, 43-year old Frenchman and former international right-back Willy Sagnol has been named new Georgian national team head coach. Beforehand, Sagnol used to train Girondins de Bordeaux, from July 2014 to March 2016, as well as French U21 national team.