Could Bayern Munich be in the hunt for another young Paris-Saint Germain center-back who can leave on a free transfer?
It appears so.
Per a report, the Bavarians are seeking to bring in center-back prospect Soumaïla Coulibaly on a free transfer this summer:
Tracked hard by Borussia Dortmund, French-Malian center-back Soumaïla Coulibaly (17) has been targeted by Bayern Munich as well. The 2003-born is leaving PSG development area on a free move, once current season’s over.
If this story sounds familiar, it is eerily reminiscent to how Bayern Munich acquired Tanguy Nianzou last summer. It would appear, however, that — as of now — Borussia Dortmund has the inside track on a move.
Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland is inching closer to leaving at the end of this season and his agent, Mino Raiola, indicated that only 10 teams in the world would be able to afford the phenom:
Mino Raiola has revealed that only four Premier League clubs can sign Borussia Dortmund striker Erling Haaland and insisted that the sought-after star is like the Lewis Hamilton of football.
“It is obvious that everybody is looking at Erling as one of those potential new future stars because it’s so difficult to do what he does at his age at his level,” the player’s agent told the BBC. “He will be one of the future stars of the next decade because we see that stars such as Ibrahimovic, Ronaldo and Messi are coming to an age where everyone asks themselves: ‘How long can we still enjoy them?’ So everyone is looking for the new generation. Only a maximum of 10 clubs can afford to buy [Haaland] and give the platform you would like after you’ve been in Dortmund… and four of those clubs are in [England]. I don’t think there’s a sports director or trainer in the world who would say ‘not interested’. It’s like saying: ‘Is there a Formula 1 team who would not be interested in having Lewis Hamilton?”
So, who would those 10 teams be — with only four in England? Let’s take a guess:
- Paris Saint-Germain
- Manchester City
- Manchester United
- Bayern Munich
- FC Barcelona
- Real Madrid
- Atletico Madrid
I was torn on whether that fourth English club would be Liverpool or Tottenham Hotspur, but I went with the Reds.
It looks like Tottenham Hotspur, Arsenal, and AC Milan are all closely monitoring RB Leipzig star Marcel Sabitzer. Tottenham Hotspur, however, looks like the leader in the clubhouse:
Playing for RB Leipzig since 2015/16, Austrian international attacking midfielder Marcel Sabitzer (turning 27 on March 17), according to Football Insider, is getting closer and closer to join Tottenham, once the ongoing season’s over. Bundesliga giants are letting their current captain go on an about 36.5 million euros transfer fee; meanwhile, Arsenal and AC Milan are still after former Salzburg and Rapid Wien playmaker as well.
Julian Draxler is almost certainly leaving Paris-Saint Germain after this season and the lack of a commitment toward any type of contract extension by PSG sporting director Leonardo was probably not a good sign if the 27-year-old wants to stay in France:
“We haven’t talked much (about his contract) with Draxler so far. He has had fewer chances to play in recent years. Still, he’s still an important player for the club, ”said Leonardo.
While the Draxler future remains unclear, the matter with Mbappé and Neymar is clear. Both superstars should definitely extend their contracts that run until 2022.
Criticizing athletes for how they perform is part of this whole game, right? They know it, they accept it, and understand that it is part of what they take on as a professional. The internet and social media, of course, have made athletes far more accessible to the average person.
Sometimes that is a good thing, but too often it is not. Take a look at this video and tell me it is not disturbing: