Chelsea, Juve favorites for Boateng (Tz)
Bayern Munich star Jerome Boateng is almost certainly leaving the club after the season and the veteran defender won’t have a shortage of suitors. Rather than a potential move to MLS, however, Boateng is reportedly set on trying to win gold in Europe.
Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Juventus, Manchester United, and Chelsea are the power clubs eyeing the German defender, while Hertha Berlin could also work its way into the mix:
He probably doesn’t want to say goodbye to the top level. And Boateng doesn’t have to either. His solid performances over the past year have not escaped the European elite.
Paris Saint-Germain, AC Milan, Juventus Turin, Manchester United, Chelsea FC: The rumors about Boateng’s new employer have sound and name. There is only one club that doesn’t quite fit into this list of football heavyweights.
Hertha BSC Berlin: Boateng’s youth club was also associated with him. However, only sentimentality speaks for staying in the Bundesliga . The self-proclaimed “Big City Club” could probably offer a relatively generous Bundesliga salary, but the Old Lady certainly cannot keep up with the Champions League participants.
It is said that Chelsea and Juventus could offer Boateng the best package of salary and potential playing time, but we all know how the rumor mill works. Whatever happens with Boateng, his next club will still be getting a very solid player.
Barca determined to buy Haaland (Football Espana)
FC Barcelona looks like it is planning a full-court press to land Borussia Dortmund star Erling Haaland:
Joan Laporta’s presidency at Barcelona promises passion and emotion in the wake of some years of apathy according to Diario Sport. Integral to his ambition of returning the Catalan giants to the elite of the elite is the signing of a bonafide crack who will excite supporters and engender positivity, with Borussia Dortmund goal-machine Erling Haaland emerging as the number one target. The operation to sign him would be complicated, but Laporta is said to be determined to land his man.
Haaland, of course, had another productive weekend for BVB as he scored a brace in Dortmund’s 2-2 draw with FC Köln.
Roma wants Nagelsmann (Football Italia)
This one comes from out in leftfield, but AS Roma is allegedly hot on the trail of RB Leipzig manager Julian Nagelsmann:
Roma consider current RB Leipzig coach Julian Nagelsmann to be one of their candidates to replace Paulo Fonseca, according to La Repubblica.
The newspaper claims the Friedkin family, general manager Tiago Pinto and consultant Charles Gould are working out options should Fonseca fail to secure a Champions League spot this season.
La Repubblica suggest one of the potential candidates put forward for next year is Nagelsmann, who is currently fighting Bayern Munich for the Bundesliga at RB Leipzig.
However, they face strong competition from the likes of Bayern Munich and Tottenham Hotspur. Roma have just been taken over by the Friedkin family, American investors who are ready to pump money into the club.
It is doubtful — at this point — that Bayern Munich would be looking Nagelsmann given that it is a “fact” that Hansi Flick is at least seeing out his current contract, which ends in 2023.
Tottenham Hotspur, though, well....you never know I guess.
Coutinho to Arsenal? (NBC Sports)
FC Barcelona reportedly has decided to officially sell former Bayern Munich midfielder Philippe Coutinho and Arsenal could be the perfect landing spot:
Barcelona wants to sell Philippe Coutinho this summer, offloading the Brazilian star before he triggers a pricy fee. If Barca keeps Coutinho for 10 more appearances, giving him 100 for the Blaugranas, the club will reportedly owe Liverpool an additional $27 million dollars.
Hardly cash-strapped, but also in a considerably worse financial position than it’s been in ages, Barcelona does not like this idea. And a Premier League may well like not only getting their man but depriving Liverpool of the added revenue.
Arsenal fits the bill.
The Gunners will need to replace (or buy) Dani Ceballos and Martin Odegaard this summer. Positionally, they aren’t like for like, but as Willian fails to impress and Gabriel Martinelli, Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka, Reiss Nelson, and Eddie Nketiah are all 21 or younger, a veteran and proven Premier League producer makes sense.
Coutinho’s future will likely take a bunch of twists and turns over the next few months, but the Brazilian, Arsenal might not be such a bad destination.
Rabiot “likely” staying at Juve (Transfer Market Web)
After a couple of months where his name was consistently linked to a departure from Italy, Adrien Rabiot might have finally won over The Old Lady:
Rather satisfied with his performing right now, Juventus management are allegedly planning to keep French international midfielder Adrien Rabiot (turning 26 on April 3rd) in, ahead of next season. Playing for Bianconeri since 2019/20, former PSG playmaker, recently inquired about by both Everton and Manchester United, is currently on a deal with Serie A giants until June 2023.