Süle a hot commodity (Abendzeitung)
Bayern Munich center-back Niklas Süle might be causing some people to have doubts about his future, but apparently not Hansi Flick — or several other clubs that would jump at the chance to bring him in.
As previously mentioned, Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea would be among the interested parties should Süle and Bayern Munich not be able to work out a contract extension:
While Javi Martínez and Jérome Boateng are not looking to extend their expiring contracts and thus say goodbye, Niklas Süle’s future is uncertain. According to AZ information, several top clubs are interested in Süle, especially Chelsea FC with coach Thomas Tuchel vying intensely for him. A change in summer is not excluded, but also possible is an extension in Bavaria. Süle feels at home in Munich and coach Hansi Flick trusts him. Bayern have so far not sent a signal to the defender that they want to sell him.
But: With Dayot Upamecano there will be very strong competition for Süle from the coming season. The defender sees the situation as relaxed, in the coming weeks Süle wants to first convince with top performances and make himself indispensable for Bayern.
I think it is absolutely too early to give up on Süle — especially given how soon it is after his ACL surgery, but I can also see why the big man might have one-eye on the transfer market. With Upamecano purportedly coming in to play a big role with Bayern Munich next season, Süle could potentially decide the risk in Bavaria outweighs the reward.
Say what? Bayern allegedly offered €40M for Pedri? (Mundo Deportivo)
Last summer, we ran a story detailing that Bayern Munich had interest in FC Barcelona youngster Pedro. How much interest? €40 million worth according to Mundo Deportivo:
In the case of Pedri, Bayern Munich, Barça’s executioner in Lisbon, came to present an offer for 40 million euros — when Barça had only paid five million for him to Las Palmas, pending future variables.
The gist of the story was that Barca could have generated some revenue last summer by selling a few young players. In the end, though, Pedri, Ansu Fati, and Trincao were deemed too valuable to offload — even for a club in the midst of a financial crisis.
Italian clubs all want Coman (Sempre Inter)
Apparently it is not just Manchester United and Manchester City, who are eager to throw some loot at Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman. We can add Inter Milan, AC Milan, and Juventus to the list:
Inter are one of three Serie A clubs with an interest in signing Bayern Munich winger Kingsley Coman, according to an Italian media report. As per Calciomercato.it, Inter face competition from city rivals AC Milan and arch rivals Juventus for the Frenchman’s signature. Inter could perhaps make their move for the former Paris Saint-Germain forward, 24, once they overcome their current problems at corporate level.
Atleti and United eyeing Silva (Sky)
Atletico Madrid and Manchester United are reportedly keeping tabs on Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva:
Man Utd want to sign Eintracht Frankfurt striker Andre Silva, according to Sky Germany. It’s believed he would cost around €30m, and he has been linked with Atletico Madrid recently. He’s second in the Bundesliga’s top scorer race and has been phenomenal in 2021. #SGE #MUFC— Ronan Murphy (@swearimnotpaul) February 17, 2021
Bayern “on the trail” of Polish striker Buksa (Football Transfer Tavern)
Wisla Krakow striker Aleksander Buksa is just 19-years-old, but he reportedly has some big clubs chasing him — including Bayern Munich:
Wolverhampton Wanderers have been handed a major boost in the chase to sign Aleksander Buksa, with reports claiming they would only have to pay up to £200,000 in compensation for the Wisla Krakow striker. The 18-year-old centre-forward who is out of contract at the end of the 2020/21 campaign, in what is his third season playing at senior level. Buksa was given extraordinarily high praise by Sportowe Fakty, who compared him to Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski due to his finishing and strength.
Previous reports suggested that Wolves would most likely his best destination, potentially saving the Black Country millions on finding a replacement for Raul Jimenez, although the likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich have said to be in the running and “are on his trail.”
Falk dunking “True” on everyone (@cfbayern)
We’ve been on the “Erling Haaland has a release clause in 2022” story for quite a while, but Sport Bild chief Christian Falk needed to “come correct” at the Twitter account @MadridXtra when it incorrectly said Real Madrid could activate the clause this upcoming summer:
NOT TRUE ❌ TRUE ✅ Erling Haaland‘s release clause is valid from summer 2022 https://t.co/OxTM85sKOu— Christian Falk (@cfbayern) February 18, 2021
Obviously, if Real Madrid wants to throw €100 million at Borussia Dortmund this summer, the German club would have to think about it, but Los Blancos might not be prepared to toss around that much cash.
The kid is worth it, though.
After he scored a brace against Sevilla, Haaland told ESPN that he was motivated by Kylian Mbappe’s hat trick against FC Barcelona.
“When I saw Mbappe score the hat trick, I got free motivation, so thanks to him,” Haaland said after the match. “He scored some nice goals and I got a free boost from him, so it was nice.”
Lloyd enjoys watching Lewandowski (Bavarian Football Works)
If you were watching the United States vs. Canada game in the She Believes Cup on Thursday night like I was, you saw USWNT legend Carly Lloyd line up at striker. During the Fox broadcast, play-by-play man JP Dellacamera tell the audience that Lloyd enjoys watching and studying certain strikers...including Bayern Munich star Robert Lewandowski.
That was pretty cool.