Abendzeitung reporter Maximilian Koch had an exclusive report with a real banger: Bayern Munich is passing up a chance to land Liverpool midfielder Gini Wijnaldum in favor of another push for Borussia Mönchengladbach star Florian Neuhaus:
In the summer, FC Bayern should do something in the central midfield to relieve Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka. As AZ exclusively learned, Georginio “Gini” Wijnaldum of Liverpool FC was recently offered to FC Bayern. The Munich team knows the 30-year-old Dutchman, whose contract expires, from the direct duels with Liverpool FC in the Champions League round of 16 of the 2018/19 season (0:0 and 1:3) very well and appreciate him. But due to his high salary level and his age, they reject a commitment so far, according to AZ information.
Bayern has another favorite for the center anyway: Florian Neuhaus (24) from Borussia Mönchengladbach. Neuhaus has a contract with Borussia until 2024, but he can leave the club this summer for the fixed transfer fee of 40 million euros. In addition to Bayern, top clubs from Spain and England are also interested in Neuhaus. Who will win the race?
Last we heard on Neuhaus, Bayern Munich was going to abstain on a bid for the youngster. Perhaps the latest batch of injuries has changed those plans?
They say timing is everything, but Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan “Brazzo” Salihamidzic’s decision to inform Jerome Boateng that he was going to be cut loose after the season is highly questionable from a morale and motivation standpoint.
Salihamidizic dropped the bad news to Boateng formally last Wednesday — a Champions League match day:
News #Boateng: Salihamidzic has informed Boateng on Wednesday (Matchday against @PSG_inside) about the fact that the club does not want to extend with him. After the training session in the morning. In the evening HS announced it on Sky. @SPORT1 #FCBayern— Florian Plettenberg (@Plettigoal) April 11, 2021
I’m not going to crush Brazzo because I don’t know the specifics of why he chose that date (it could have been pre-determined weeks ago), but from the outside, the optics are not great.
The human side of this just says that there was no need to make a formal announcement on this on a very important day.
Boateng is a professional — there is no doubt about that — but come on. If this is true (and there is no reason to think it’s not based on the original announcement from Brazzo), that is just a bad look.
True story: I once got laid off (by a lazy, good-for-nothing, waste of life) hours before I was leaving for a family vacation (zero humanity shown). I was working for a company, we got acquired, and I had a redundant role with another “person.” When the time came to reduce those redundancies (like all bad companies do when they make an acquisition they really can’t manage), I was the odd man out — literally — despite being the company’s most productive person in my position. The kicker is that they did it to avoid having to pay me for the full week I was on vacation (per accrual days). Essentially, they could lessen the weight of their severance package (which was not hefty to begin with). Anyway, never doubt corporate folks to have awful tact when dealing with employees.
An apparent disagreement led to one Grimbsy Town player being shown a red card for headbutting...his teammate? Yup...League Two action at its finest:
Grimsby Town player Stefan Payne was sent off during Saturday’s League Two defeat at Bradford for head-butting his teammate Filipe Morais, and manager Paul Hurst has said he may not play again for the side this season.
The incident happened as the players were heading off the pitch at the end of the first half, shortly after Bradford had scored. The two players were seen arguing and then Payne head-butted Morais. Referee James Bell immediately showed Payne a red card.
Thankfully the BFW staff is civilized enough that I don’t have to worry about dishing out red cards when Ineednoname and Marcus argue.
At one point Federico Chiesa was firmly on Bayern Munich’s radar per reports, but his pre-COVID-19 price tag was so high that the Bavarians backed away. Chiesa subsequently moved to Juventus from Fiorentina on a loan and now it appears that Juve wants to make his stay a permanent one:
According to Corriere dello Sport, Juventus management, out of the high-quality performing Italian international winger/wide midfielder Federico Chiesa (23) has been providing throughout his debut season, have already made up their mind over buying him back. Bianconeri are therefore paying Fiorentina, possibly even before the June 2022 established deadline, the 60 million euros permanent-move transfer fee.
Zlatan Ibrahimovic has had a fantastic season for AC Milan and now it looks like he will be getting a well-earned new deal:
Zlatan Ibrahimovic is on the brink of signing a new contract with AC Milan. Technical director Paolo Maldini has told Sky in Italy: “There are only small details missing and, therefore, we are very close to the renewal.” It will be a new one-year deal for the Sweden striker, who will turn 40 in October, and his fifth season in red and black stripes. He re-joined the club in January 2020 after a spell with LA Galaxy.
Seeing Zlatan’s career resurgence really does make me wonder if Robert Lewandowski can stay in top form until he is 40. If anyone can do it, I guess it would be Lewandowski.